Saturday, 31 October 2009

The London/Hertfordshire boundary - Pinner Wood

TQ 10 92
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes across Watford Road and continues going east to cross Potter Street where it meets the Harrow boundary. The London/Harrow/Hertfordshire boundary goes along South View and the southern edge of the wood.

Post to the west Northwood
Post to the east Pinner Wood

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the boundary

Elgood Avenue
Gate End

Gatehill Road
1 The Old Farmhouse
Willow End

Hillside Road
Monk's Rest, a 1924 Ideal Home show house by Blunden Shadbolt, who specialized in picturesque creations made up from old buildings, in this case from Old Friar's House, Horley. Now a car dealers. Locally listed
Willow Cottage,
White House,
Green Island Lodge,
Lane End,

Seven Acres
Eleven houses built in the 1980s on land once belonging to 17th Gate House Farm. Grassed roundabout and “Tudor” style.

Shefton Rise

Wieland Road
One of a number of literary road names in the area – this is the early 19th German novelist

Woodgate Crescent

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the boundary

Oxhey Drive

Sandy Lane
Frith Lodge Locally listed due to connection to the Eastbury Estate. Highly decorated and replaces a house called The Lodge. Built for David Carnegie.
Frith Cottage Locally listed due to connection to the Eastbury Estate. Built for David Carnegie. Remodelled in the 1950s, close-timbered walls, leaded light windows, tiled roof and brick chimneys and was originally stabling for Eastbury Estate.Sandyhurst Locally Listed. Built by Coals and Johnson 1906
Gatehouse built on the site of the Modern Gate House which was built by the Secretary of the Great Central Railway on the site of the 17th Century Gate House Farm demolished in 1905. The original Farm was built on the County boundary and an “abbey piece” relating to 13th St Albans Monks was found in the orchard.

Watford Road
Admiralty House Grade II Listed built for a Dutch patron by the architect Mervyn Macartney c1898-1899. Owned by the Ministry of Defence, it was home to Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse, Commander–in–Chief Fleet and his wife, Lady Fieldhouse. During the Falkland conflict. That Thatcher visited.
Admiralty Lodge originally named Frithwood House. Grade II Listed built for a Dutch patron by the architect Mervyn Macartney c1898-1899.
The Glade Grade II Listed building attributed to C.F.A.Voysey c1912,
Braeside. Originally called Chadderton and built 1890s. Locally Listed. It was a single building until the late 1980’s the plot was split into three and two further houses erected.Frithcote c.1900 locally listed
The White House. c.1900 locally listed

Sites on the London, Harrow side of the boundary

Park View Road
Naseby, 1927 by. Eustace Salisbury. Locally listed
Rushey Banks,
Garth, Fairway,
Sunder Nivas
Old Gates,
Oak House,

Pinner Common
The common lay either side of Pinner Hill Road,
Kiln. As early as 1767 William Bodimeade of Harrow Weald had a kiln on Pinner Common.

Potter Heights Close
Taken out of the conservation area as too boring,
During construction in 1975 a kiln was found with pots and utensils in South Herts greyware.

Potter Street Hill
One of the highest hills in London.
St John's School. Posh prep school for boys in a relationship with Merchant Taylors.
Coal post. East side at the junction with Oxhey Drive and Sandy Lane
Potter Street Hill North Pasture. A small site nature reserve with grassland over London Clay. It has the the strongest population of devil's-bit scabious in London. It is owned by the school.
Potters End,
Lee House,
Carleton Cottage,
The Sloes,
Southerly Ridge,
Hunters Lodge,
High Loaning,
Meadow View,
La Corbiere,
Ravenswood Park

South View Road
Oakwood. 1927 by L. G. Williams
Pinner Golf Course Club house. Pinner Hill House. Tooke lived here after his father acquired it in 1845. A house had stood here from the 17th. It has originally been built after 1617 by Christopher Clitherow, Lord Mayor in 1635. He had bought the site, called Spinnels, and built a grand country house. His son inherited but his grandson’s widow sold the property in the 1680s to Sir Bartholomew Shower who also died young and the house was sold. The present house has a brick garden front, and was probably built by dates Lady Jane Brydges, who lived here from 1755. The entrance side was embellished by Tooke in 1867 in a Gothic-cum-Italianate banded brown and cream brick. Octagonal kitchen. With 18th and 19th outbuildings. Listed
Boundary Wall Listed.
Ice-house. Built of brick with a domed top with a hole. Brick floor with slight fall to yard gulley in centre with a square perforated terra-cotta grating. The Tunnel entrance is just below ground level, and ran from a demolished building – probably a clock tower. The Tunnel had a door each end and one in the middle. The bricks in the dome are pink and appear to be early 1800's and resemble those in the rear wall of the stable. The dark red bricks on the outside are similar to those found in the east wall of the kitchen garden - now the car park. The lining is denser, pale red, Victorian bricks. The floor bricks are bright red. The drain gully is probably Victorian. The ice-house could have been built in the late Georgian period, suffered some deterioration and been relined in the Victorian period.
South Winds,
Ashley Bank,
Studio House,
Little Stafford,
South View Lodge,
Logis Neuf,
Little Paddock,
The Ridge,
Pilgrims Wood,
Sans Souci,
Linden House,
The Thatch Cottage,
The Lodge

The London/Hertfordshire border - Northwood

TQ 09 92
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes south east along the north of Morgan Close and then along Mount View

Post to the north Northwood
Post to the east Pinner Wood

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Carew Road
1905 suburban developments Frank Carew
Frithwood Primary School
4, 7, 15 Arts and Crafts
5 - 9 c1910. Pair of houses by C.H.B. Quennell in the “Arts and Crafts” style.
Frithwood Park

Cervantes Court
The only road named after this writer in London and one of a group of ‘cultural’ road names,

Cullera Close
Spanish influenced design

Frithwood Avenue
2, 5 Arts and Crafts
17, 19, 20 Arts and Crafts
24 Arts and Crafts

Hallowell Road
St Matthew RC
St John's Presbyterian Church. Founded 1905. This was used as a VAD - Voluntary Aid Detachment - hospital during World War 1.
Chalk well, shaft under a lawn with some sort of cap on it
Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue In 1966 they moved to a former Methodist hall here. The Primitive Methodists built the church next in 1903, with further extensions made in 1910 and 1927. Enemy action caused considerable damage to the building in 1944.Closed 1965.

High Street
Old cinema building – small and eccentric

Hilliard Road
One of a group of ‘cultural’ road names in the area

Gatehill Road
Gatehill Farmhouse. Listed

Green Lane
Northwood Station. 1st September 1887, Between Moor Park and Northwood Hills on the Metropolitan Line. . So few passengers arrived in the early weeks that it was said that the line was doomed to failure. The station was the enterprise of Murray Maxwell Hallowell Carew. 1960s rebuilt with a new skew bridge 160' long
24-38 Arts and Crafts shops
55-57 Barclays Bank
Coal post east side of the railway and north of the footbridge 800 yards north of the station. Inscription on all four sides
War memorial. War memorial. Designed by a local man and unveiled in 1921
St.Helen’s School
78 former Midland Bank

Maxwell Road
9-19 Arts and Crafts shops
21-25 Arts and Crafts shops
30 32 houses with relief stucco work
Northwood College by W Gilbert Scott.1891

Murray Road
24 Arts and Crafts house by Briggs
Police Station a rare example of an Arts and Crafts police station with its lamp post, call box and white police sign over the entrance Famous as one of the only two stations with a White rather than a Blue Light, by public demand. Grade II listed

'Northern wood', being to the north of Ruislip. ‘Northwode’ 1435 and there was a small Tudor village in the area.. This was the northern part of the rural parish of Ruislip where firewood gathering was an economic activity for locals and it was a pre-1914 Metroland development . David Carnegie JP put his Eastbury estate on the market on 25th March 1887 when the railway was announced. It was bought by Murray Maxwell Hallowell Carew, son of one of Nelson’s captains, Carew sold the land of as building plots with a condition that houses should cost at least £750 except for cheaper cottages in the High Street. Roads were named after him and members of his family.

Northwood Way
153-163 Morgan and Edwards 1934

Oakland Gate
Library – modern and simple
Liberal Synagogue in an Arts and Crafts house
Methodist Church, conventional 1920s

Waverley Gardens
One of a group of ‘cultural’ road names in the area

Woodsford Square
Modern Movement terraces and leafy greens1968 by Fry Drew and Partners for Wates.

The London/Hertfordshire border - Northwood

TQ 09 93
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes east crossing Lodge Way and the railway. It crosses Eastbury Road and Eastbury Avenue turning south east

Post to the west Northwood
Post to the north Hampermill
Post to the south Northwood

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the border

Eastbury Avenue
Pockinlington House residential care home.
10-16 24-28 Arts and Crafts houses
20, 21, 22,232, 24 impressive Arts and Crafts houses

Rofant Road
St.Helen’s School

The London/Hertfordshire border - Northwood

TQ 08 93
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes east down Batchworth Lane but leaves it to go south east and cross Kew Ferry Road and goes between the Playfield Field and the Swimming Pool and continues

Post to the west Batchworth Heath
Post to the east Northwood

Sites on the Three Rivers/Hertfordshire side of the border

Batchworth Lane
Coal post on the south side in the hedge
Grove Park Farm

Moor Park Estate
Very posh. Lots of up market 1920s and 1930s houses.

Moor Park Road
St.Martin’s School. Opened 1922 in Sandy Lodge Way ands moved here in 1924. Other property bought locally through the 1920s and building continued to the present day. Fee paying prep school.

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Kewferry Road
Coal post on the boundary footpath north side,200 yards east of the road in the grounds of St.Martin’s School

The London/Hertfordshire boundary - Batchworth Heath

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes north east up White Hill but at the end of a line of trees it turns east to Farm Road.
TQ 07718 92382

Area of heathland, woods and fields - mainly actually very posh and exclusive golf courses. Faux country pubs, and, surprisingly, a chalk mine.

Post to the east Northwood
Post to the south Mount Vernon

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the boundary

Batchworth Heath
14 Prince of Wales. Lap dancing and private table dancing.

Batchworth Heath Hill
Howard Spring
Whipping Spring
Batchworth Heath Farm stud farm since the 1980s
Ye Olde Greene Manne - chain pub with a huge garden. Allegedly dates from 1728 and also visited by Dick Turpin. Appears in the film “Genevieve’.
Home Farm
Grigg’s Field, derelict quarry. Considered as a waste tip.
Coal duty post at the point at which the road name changes on the west side outside the Prince of Wales

Batchworth Lane
The junction is the site of a scene in the film ‘Genevieve.’
Gatehouse one of three entrances to Moor Park. Designed by Robert Adam

Moor Park Golf Course. Covers part of the grounds of Moor Park. In 1919 the estate was auctioned off and 470 acres of grounds were bought by Lord Leverhulme who converted it into a country club, but this did not prosper and it became a golf course

Temple Gardens
Named for Sir William Temple 17th gardening expert who died at Moor Park.

Bath End Clump
6 Veerayatan U.K. vegetarian pharmacy college. Sensational modern house of the 1930s by Connell, Ward and Lucas

White Hill
Bishops Wood Hospital. Private hospital within the grounds of Mount Vernon.

Sites on the London,Hillingdon side of the boundary

Kewferry Drive
Northwood Chalk Mine. The entrance shaft is sealed and lies beneath the drive of a bungalow. Brickwork on the entrance shaft was, dated as 17th century. The debris heap at the foot, of the shaft was excavated and found to contain the complete skeletons of a horse and cow, old tin cans, a complete metal trough, a tin trunk that contained parts of a gin trap, some dissecting needles, parts of a windlass, an excavation tool and two bone implements used for making pins. The shaft seems to have been open in the 1920s, but sealed after several animals were. Lost, it was covered with railway sleepers. It was rediscovered by a Mr Roy in 1946. Within two days of returning from war service he fell through the rotted sleepers and seems never to have recovered from the shock, and died six months later from cancer. The shaft was wide, circular, brick lined and 60ft deep. The plan shows a fairly compact mine with work benches. The tunnel height was 20ft

Rickmansworth Road
Land last bit of common leased road act in 1729.
Northwood Golf Club. Founded 1891. This is the one that had the TV programme made about all the snobbery there.

Chelsea Speleological Society. Newsletter
London Encyclopaedia
London Transport. Country Walks

Moor Park Golf Course. Web site
Northwood Golf Club. Web site
Ye Olde Greene Manne. Web site

The London/Hertfordshire boundary - Mount Vernon

TQ 07 92
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary turns north east from Scrubs Lane and goes up White Hill.

Post to the east Batterswells
Post to the north Batchworth Heath

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Jackets Lane
Battlers Wells Wood

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the boundary

White Hill
Coal post at the junction with Jackets Lane
French Grove
Lockwell Wood
Lockwell House used in episodes of ‘The Professionals’
Mount Vernon Hospital Built on the northern part of the Northwood Park Estate after it was sold in 1902. French chateau style. The hospital was founded in 1860 as The North London Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest in Fitzroy Square and soon after moved in Hampstead, moving again to Northwood in1904. In 1967 the Marie Curie Hospital for women cancer patients also moved here from Hampstead. A number of breakthroughs in cancer treatment have been pioneered here.
Art Nouveau church. The Chapel was converted into the Fowler-Scott Library and leased to the Gray Laboratory. Which was developing new ways of treating brain tumours
Michael Sobell House. Opened in 1977 following a local campaign and a donation from Sir Michael Sobell, radio and television manufacturer of £250,000. Later a day centre was added. The unit provides relief from pain and has a philosophy like that of hospice care.

The London/Hertfordshire Border - Battlerswells

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes in a south easterly direction crosses a path, crosses a path to Harefield Farm. It meets Shrubs Lane and continues south east down it.
TQ 06426 91877

Area to the south of Rickmansworth with areas of woodland, much of it preserved. Scattered farms and posh houses built on farm sites and mainly now in office and similar use.

Post to the east Mount Vernon

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Northwood Road
Old Reservoir
Top Wood
Pearsons Wood
SikoraHarefield Reservoir
The Toll House, listed

Sites on the Three Rivers/Hertfordshire side of the border

Shrubs Road/Woodcock Hill
Coal post. 200 yards south west of Woodcock Hill Farm and 300 yards west of Battlers Wells Farm
Harefield Grove Farm. In 1684, this was once called Guttersdean Farm. In the 19th exotic fruits and vegetables were grown here in over 100 greenhouses with 50 miles of hot water piping. The house is grade II listed house 18th but altered and now used as offices. It has an important landscaped garden. A studio here was used as CI5’s HQ in ‘The Professionals’ and also in episodes of ‘Blake 7’.
Battlerswells Farm
Bishops Wood – part of area of Bishop’s Wood Country Park. Managed by Three Rivers Council. It occupies both sides of a shallow east-west valley with a stream running through,. Thee is a woodland pond, and swallow holes in the north-west corner where drainage occurs. Conifers have been planted but it is mainly mixed species woodland part ancient semi-natural and part planted ancient woodland sites ground flora includes blue bells, wood spurge, spotted orchid, wood sorrel, ragged robin, Braken and bramble are dominant. Birch and beech regenerate and native broadleaves have been planted. There are also ancient wood banks with hornbeam and oak. The woodland boundary is dominated by mature oak, An SSSI has been rescinded
Poor Wood
Woodcock Hill Barns

Coal Posts. Web site
Hertfordshire County Council. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Hertfordshire
Three Rivers Council. Web site

The London/Hertfordshire border - Woodcock Hill

TQ 05 93
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes in a south easterly direction from the edge of High Wood, crosses a path, goes down the south western boundary of Sixteen Acre Spring, crosses a path, crosses Rickmansworth Road and goes down the south western edge of Willingrove Wood.

Post to the west Springwell
Post to the north Stockers

Sites on the London,Hillingdon side of the border

Cooks Wood

Footpath from Stockers Farm to Hill End
Coal post

Springwell Lane Crips Farm. cottage house, barn, 17th

Sites on the Three Rivers. Hertfordshire side of the border

Harefield Road
Wood Cock Cemetery. Owned by Three Rivers Council – can do traditional,Muslim, and woodland burials. Garden of Remembrance.
Shepherds Close Dell. Woodland buriel site

Woodcock Hill

Rickmansworth Road
Willinggrove Wood

Sixteen Acre Spring Wood

The London/Hertfordshire border - Stockers Lake

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne but leaves it to go south east across Stockers Lake, crossing the Grand Union Canal and going down the western edge of Garret Wood and High Wood.

River Colne
The Colne flows southwestwards

Post to the west Maple Cross
Post to the south Springwell
Post to the east Stockers

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the border

Grand Union Canal
Coal post bench mark halfway between Stockers Lock and Springers Lock

Drayton Ford
Rickmansworth and Uxbridge Water Works built here in 1888

Uxbridge Road
Mill Stream Lodge

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Garret Wood

High Wood

River Colne
The Colne rises near Hatfield, flowing to the Thames at Staines. It is shown as ‘Coleneo’ in 785, and ’Colne’ in 894. It is an ancient ore-Celtic river name of uncertain origin and meaning found in several parts of the country – ie with the River Colne in Essex. Colne means, 'water'. It probably preserves an ancient name,
Coal post at the junction with Shire Ditch

Springwell Lane
Coal post west side at the south end of Drayton Ford Bridge
Coal post in the parapet of Drayton Ford Bridge. Now gone

Stockers Lake
This is one of the oldest gravel pits in the Colne Valley. There are wintering water fowl in nationally important numbers. the common tern which breeds on specially constructed rafts and the heronry is the largest in the county. It is a Local Nature Reserve, owned by Three Valleys Water, and managed by a trust. The lake is also home to mink and terrapins. There is a managed fishery.

Coaldutyposts. Web site
Herts Wild Life Trust. Web site
Three Rivers Museum of Local History

The London/Hertfordshire border - Maple Cross

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

River Colne
The Colne flows southwards

Post to the north Rickmansworth Shepherd's Lane
Post to the south Maple Cross
Post to the east Stockers Lake
Post to the west Rickmansworth Bottom Wood

Sites on the Three Rivers/Hertfordshire side of the border

Denham Way
Woodoaks Farm. Grazing and arable with some derelict orchards owned by the Findlay family. in 1160 it as recorded as Woodwicks. On site is an Elizabethan garden wall, although a 16th barn had been moved when the farmhouse was rebuilt on the cellars of the medieval house. The farm is near the Colne and used the water meadows for grazing. In the 1930’s and 40’s the farm took over Shepherds Lane Farm and Long Lane Farm but the water meadows were sold off. There was a cherry orchard until the 1960’s but this now pastureland for the cattle.
Froghall Farm

Uxbridge Road
Longlane Farm. Part of Woodoaks farm since the 1950s.

Woodoaks Association. Web site

The London/Hertfordshire border - Maple Cross

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

River Colne
The Colne flows southwards

Post to the north Maple Cross
Post to the east Springwell
Post to the south West Hyde
Post to the west Maple Cross

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the border

Denham Way
West Hyde Playing Fields
Hertford Place. Offices – include Cadbury
The Cross Pub. An old pub which has been there longer than the Maple Cross estate that it now serves. It was a Salter’s of Rickmansworth public house as early as 1770, although it has been rebuilt
Rivers Office Park – include Renault, This area was water meadows belonging to Woodoaks Farm. In the 1930’s and 40’s the the water meadows were sold off and later became an industrial estate as the end of working with horses meant the need for less grazing

Long Croft Road
Maple Cross and West Hyde Community Centre

Maple Cross.
An area of predominately local authority housing.

Maplelodge Close
Maplelodge Farm. The Old Barn, listed
Maple Lodge Sewage Works. Owned by Thames Water. It is used as a storage facility for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) used to extinguish the fire at the Buncefield Oil Terminal. Sludge from the plant was also burnt to generate "green" electricity for the Millennium Dome. The plant was used in 1952 to test diffused aeration technology
Maplelodge Nature Reserve owned by Thames water with a management committee of local volunteers
Pynesfield Farm

Maple Cross. Wikipedia. Web site
Maplelodge. Web site
Three Rivers Council. Web site

The London/Hertfordshire border - Springwell

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes along the western edge of High Wood in a south easterly direction

River Colne
The Colne flows southwards

Post to the south Hill End
Post to the west Maple Cross
Post to the east Woodcock Hill
Post to the north Stocker's Lake

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Grand Union Canal
Springwell Lock. Location for Dr.Who.
Springwell Lane Bridge
Springwell Lane Pipe Bridge
Springwell Lane Sewerage Pipe Bridge - Concrete bridge is over drainage from the sewage works
Sewerage Farm Marina
Watercress beds there were many miles of beds alongside the canal, although most are now disused.

River Colne
The Colne rises near Hatfield, flowing to the Thames at Staines. It is shown as ‘Coleneo’ in 785, and ’Colne’ in 894. It is an ancient pre-Celtic river name of uncertain origin and meaning found in several parts of the country – ie with the River Colne in Essex. Colne means, 'water'. It probably preserves an ancient name.
Colne – interchange between the river and the canal

Springwell Lane
Springwell Lake. managed by Three Valleys Water authority, and the lake used to be known as Springwell Reservoir. It is another old gravel pit. Used as a location in Dr.Who
Cripps farm. Modern bungalow
Cripps Farm cottage, was weatherboarded. Demolished 1950s.
Shaft in a wood. A 60 ft. shaft gave access to three short passages, two of which were blocked off. The shaft belled out as it entered chalk and is presumed to be a chalk well.
Springwell Chalk Pit. location for Dr.Who and Blake 7..
Springwell Farm
Springwell Cottage

Anglersnet. Web site
Canalplan. Web site
Chelsea Speliological Society. Newsletter
Drwholocations. Web site
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site
Stevenson. Hertfordshire

The London/Hertfordshire border - Harefield

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

River Colne
The Colne flows southwards

Post to the south Black Jack's Mill
Post to the north Springwell
Post to the west West Hyde

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Grand Union Canal
1-4 Riverside Cottages. 19th listed.
White cottage, 19th listed. originally for canal workers.
Water from the canal is diverted through the mill before Coppermill lock.
Milestone, showing that it is 77 miles to Braunston
Bridge over a spillway which carries excess water from the canal to the River Colne,
Bridge over the entrance to a moorings basin.
Pipe bridges, the second of which has a water depth gauge on the far side to regulate water in watercress beds.
Watercress beds there were many miles of beds alongside the canal, although most are now disused.

Coppermill Lane
Royal Quay. Mill area and ancillary building converted to housing and light industry. 1990s reworking of the industrial buildings.
Electricity sub-station, a brick building like a small chapel with a big window and a transformer- sitting inside.
Mill. This had a 1930s style bell tower and, in the 1980s, wrought iron gates painted in turquoise "Bell Works" and "The Harefield Rubber Company". Some parts of the site were. The Mills are mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1674 was working as a corn mill and in 1683 a paper mill. In 1781 the mills were they were leased to the Mines Royal Company together with the Manor House and in 1802 copper was processed there. Copper came from Glamorgan and was rolled for use on the bottom of the ships in the Napoleonic Wars. It is said that the copper on the dome of St.Paul’s came from here. In 1803 production was 3.0 tons of copper a week but by the mid 1850s less wooden ships were being built and, since Harefield was a long way from the source of copper, it was closed. By 1863 the Mines Royal Company had gone out of business and the mills were taken over by Thomas Newell to use for the production of Paper Mill. In 1882 they were leased by the United Asbestos Company which became Bells Asbestos Company and throughout the First World War many women, some from the north of England, worked there. In 1929 the company was sold to Turner & Newell who later moved to Erith. In 1935 the mills was used by Rubberier Limited who also traded as the Harefield Rubber Company and this closed in 1978 because of the growing use of plastic.
Long Building, 19th building of the Mines Royal Company. Long, undivided range with regular window openings.
Dutch Gable Building. 19th at end of “Long” Building. Curved brick corner.
Manor House. Used as a head office by Harefield Rubber Company. Listed Grade II

Coppermill Lock
Lock House
Dates next to the lock gates are when renovations were carried out – 1884 and 1914 for the bottom gates and 1870 for the top gates.
Distance marker – the boat which reaches this marker first, is first in the queue for the lock

Hill End Road
Old Weybeards Farm

Old Park Wood
Shown as ‘Harefield Park’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1822. In 1680 it was ‘Harvill Park’ from Middle English’ parke’.
Nature reserve with a great deal of variety and streams down steep hillside, Gravel on the top with birch, oak and bracken, ‘finest remaining wood in Middlesex’. Huge stands of bluebells.

Summerhouse Lane
Light industrial units
Parkwood Farm Kennels
Coles Shadbolt and Co. Cement Works here in 1866 with a brickfield beside the Canal. The works was backed by a pit with 50' white chalk and flint; above this were Reading Beds of coloured clays and below a bed of sand. They had 12 chamber kilns there and the cement was taken to their depot on the Caledonian Road by canal

Weybeards pit – now site of several roads of new housing

Banbury. Ship Builders of the Thames and Medway
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Canal Plan. Web site
Francis. Cement Industry
GLIAS Newsletter
Herts Wildlife Trust. Web site
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. London North West

The London/Hertfordshire border - Harefield

TQ 04 91
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

The River Colne flows southwards

Post to the west Troy Mill
Post to the north Hill End
Post to the south Harefield

Black Jacks Lane

Sites on the London/Hillingdon side of the border

Black Jacks Mill. The mill stood on an island between the river and the canal. Victorian building 1870 now a posh BandB. Used as a location for Dr.Who and The Bargee. This is a Domesday mill site.
Iron foundry
Jacks Cottage: Grade II listed thatched cottage beside Black Jack’s Lock. It is thought that it was built by Simon Eversden in the 15th It has many chimneys and was used as a boundary marker for Middlesex. In the 19th it was part of a coal wharf. One chimney stack is original but its thatch and present lay out are 20th. It was the home of Ann Todd and ‘Basil Brush’ was filmed here.
Dry dock built in 1995.

Horse Shoe Bay
Black Jack’s Lock. Used as a location in The Bargee.

Coppermill Down
Unimproved chalk pasture and grazing. Says it is the only natural chalk grassland in London

Jacks Lane
Housing all along the canal

Park Lane
Colney Farm listed barns. The farrm’s name must relate to the River Colne.
Mount Pleasant. Also known as Harefield West and one of the most westerly points in London. The name probably refers to noxious industries which arrived via the canal. This district alongside Park Wood was developed from the early 19th century as an industrial area on the Canal with lime kilns, copper mills, and iron works.
Cricket Ground
Clancy Docwra site – entrance is from Coppermill Lane

British History on line. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Drwholocations. Web site
GLIAS Newsletter
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site

The London/Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire border - Troy

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne but also meet the border with Hertfordshire. The London Hillingdon/Hertfordshire border continues northwards up the River Colne.

The River Colne flows southwards

Post to the south Tilehouse Lane
Post to the east Harefield
Post to the north West Hyde
Post to the west Chalfont Old Shire Lane

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the border

Old Uxbridge Road
Troy Mill. Corn mill, a branch of the canal was built to it in 1802. In industrial use
Troy Farm. The abbey of St. Albans was granted La Troy. It since belonged to King's College, Cambridge.
Marble factory
Troy Mill barge repairers

West Hyde House
Pynesfield Lake
Stream which was for watercress beds

North Troy Lake.
Troy Lake. Owned by Rickmansworth Sailing Club who bought it from Portland Cement in 1959.
Long Life Lake

British History on Line. Harefield. Web site
Rickmansworth Sailing Club. Web site

Friday, 30 October 2009

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Tilehouse Lane

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

The River Colne flows southwards

Post to the north Troy
Post to the east Harefield Moor

Sites on the Buckinhamshire side of the border

Tilehouse Lane
Halings House. Used as a WAAFF hostel in the Second World War. It was later bought by the aerodrome owners but they were unable to use it because of covenants. It has since has become Denham Nursing Home. Frequently used as a location in Dr.Who and Torchwood episodes.
Great Halings Wood
Northmoor Hill Wood. Now a nature reserve. The wood has a network of pathways and some swallow holes. The wood consists of oak and beech trees, with alder in the wet areas.
Wyatt’s Covert. Mobile Home Park.,
The TileHouse. Modern house was clearly on the site of an older house.
Little Halings. Home of Mike Oldfield in the 1980s. Garden created in the 1920s by Gertrude Jekyll.
Pumping House
Lesser Halings. New posh housing
Coster’s Cottages
Denham Grove was previously Durdent Court. Hotel and conference centre

Bucks Geology. Web site
History of Denham Aerodrome. Web site
Natural England. Web site
Tilehouse Studios. Web site
Whovian locations. Web site

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Harefield Moor

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

The River Colne flows southwards

Post to the west Tilehouse Lane
Post to the north Black Jack's Mill
Post to the south Harefield Moor

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Access via a derelict area which was the plant area for the gravel pits. The lake is 80 hectares and supports a number of wooded islands. Around the edge are remnants of the original alluvial grasslands and valley alderwoods rising to beech and hornbeam woodland to the west. Broadwater Lake supports important numbers of waterbirds. Since there has been a natural colonisation by typical wetland plants and animals.

Grand Union Canal
Widewater winding hole

River Colne
Is the most natural feature of the site and it has a meandering channel in parts with some pools.

Long Pond

Harefield Pit,
This chalk pit was used as a landfill site and was filled by approximately 30 years ago, it has a strip of dense woodland on steeply undulating raised ground to the south, and a wooded seasonally damp basin to the north. Part of the southern wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The pit provides a key section in the London Basin for a sequence through the Upper Chalk, Reading Beds and London Clay. It is also the only known site for calcareous floral remains in the Reading Beds. It is a disused chalk quarry which has been infilled leaving only the upper faces exposed above ground level.

Canal plan. web site
Harefield Pit. Wikipedia Web site
Mid Colne Valley. Wikipedia Web site

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Harefield Moor

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

The River Colne flows southwards

Post to the north Harefield Moor
Post to the south Denham Station

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the boundary

Harefield Moor.
There were many areas of wet grassland to the west of Harefield parish used by local people as pasture and related activities. Gravel diggings in the past centuries have left the area largely as a series of shallow lakes with wildfowl and leisure activities.

Moor Hall Road
Moor Hall. Named from a farm marked as ‘Moor Hall’ on the Ordnance Survey map of 1822, earlier ‘More Holle’ 1301, ‘Morhalle’ 1339 in reference to Harefield Moor. This was a cell of the Clerkenwell Hospitallers and a stone hall from around  1220 survived here as part of the farm. The road was laid out in 1813 following enclosure. Throughout the 19th an industrial area grew up around the canal - small factories, lime-kilns, copper mills and coal wharves just north of Moorhall
Moorhall Cottages. Built in the 19th as part of a growing industrial area around the hotel.
Pumping Station and reservoir. Two boreholes
Widewater Lock and conservation area on the canal.
Green Bridge
Harefield Lake. An old gravel pit used as a commercial carp fishery. 45 acres.
Korda Lake. So called because it was next to the Korda film studios
Harleyford Aggregates. Chalk pit
Horse and Barge also known as the Halfway House alHH
Weir cottage

Sites on the Buckinghamshire side of the border

North Orbital Road
The name given to a piece of road proposed as a road ring round London in 1937 by Sir Edward Lutyens and Sir Charles Bressey for the Ministry of Transport under Hore Belisha.

Broadwater Park Industrial Estate - on the site of the old film studios
Denham Laboratories - film processing works. Although the original company has gone there are still film processing laboratories in the area.
London Film Productions Studios. Had been The Fishery. London Film Productions Studios were built in 1936 for Alexander Korda. They were designed by C. S. and E. M. Joseph with F. Milton Cashmore, in collaboration with Korda's friend Jack Okey, who came over from Paramount's Studios, Hollywood. Denham was the birthplace of many famous British films. Demolished 1980-1. The main frontage, which contained the administration offices and dressing rooms, restaurant and cafeteria. It was 1,000 feet long. There were seven studios of vast dimensions, four of which were 250 feet by 120 feet and 45 feet high. The stars reached these studios by glazed and heated covered ways leading from their dressing rooms. The studios were equipped to accommodate all types of lighting and insulated for the best acoustic results available for sound recording. Air extract chambers were at the rear of the studios. The 'rushes’ of such great Korda films as Wuthering Heights and Henry VIII would have been viewed in the Rushes Room here by their makers.

Ranston Covert. Ancient beech wood on a steep slope

Battlesford Wood

Anglers Forum. Web site
Denham Film Studios. Wikipedia Web site
Horse and Barge. Web site
Maggot Drowners Forum. Web site
Middesex County Council. A History of Middlesex
Motion Picture Photography. Web site
Osborne. Defending London
Sabre, Roaders Digest. Web site
Smyth. Citywildspace,
Stevenson. Middlesex
Walford .Village London

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Denham

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne
The Colne flows southwards
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Upmarket area with attractive village including homes of the famous

Post to the north Harefield Moor
Post to the east Denham
Post to the west Denham Place
Post to the south Denham

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Altcar Covert

Widows Cruise Covert

Sites on the Buckinghamshire side of the border

Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Centred around Denham Court

Denham Country Park
South of the railway line.

Savay Lane
Coal post was by the bridge over the Colne. Moved
Coal post now outside Savay Farm House
Savay Farm. This was the sub manor created in the 12th as the manor Denham Durdent. The moated manor house was known as The Savay.  It is a 14th hall house with a first floor inserted in 16th. It has a timber frame with red brick nogging in a two storey H plan. Inside there are murals from 1606 showing the second chapter of Exodus in Jacobean costume. There are three cast iron firebacks, two of them Tudor. Oswold Moseley commissioned alterations from Clough Williams Ellis – only when Moseley was there is was ‘Savehay'
Bridge over the River Colne in the grounds of The Savay. The date of 1762 is given on a stone panel. It is red brick with 3 semi-circular arches.
Barns, at The Savay. Range of barns from the 18th. Timber framed and weather-boarded. There are two projecting cart entrances to each range.
Gate Cottage. 19th in colourwashed brick.

Station Approach
Denham Station. 2nd April 1906. Between Denham Golf Club and West Ruislip on Chiltern Railways line to Marylebone. Great Western Railway and Great Central Railway Joint Line to Marylebone. Opened as ‘Denham Junction for Uxbridge’. Stop on line between Gerrards Cross and Uxbridge – now closed.

The Pyghtle
An old word for a small plot of land.

Village Road
Misbourne Cottage. This is a 16th timber-framed house.
Old Forge and Garage. This is a 17th timber framed building. On the ground floor are modern glazed doors, and there is an addition to form the entrance to the garage.
Blacksmiths Cottage. A 16th timber franed building which was originally 3 cottages.
Falcon Cottage. 17th Timber-framed brick house
The Falcon. Traditional pub retaining many 16th-century features, overlooking the village green. Stone steps to the front door lead into a cosy bar. This is an 18th building in brown brick with three barge boarded dormers and a hanging inn sign on wrought iron brackets.
Denham Place Gates
Tudor Restaurant. 18th building.
The Old Bakery. This has a 14th open-hall houae with later alterations. It is timber framed and clad in red brick.
Yew tree between the Old Bakery and Melgan
Spinning Wheel, 17th house
Roseneath, 17th house
Melgan Cottage. This house is a 17th brick building on a timber frame. It appears to be 19th but at the side is its exposed timber-frame
Walter the Abbot. An old cottage rebuilt in the 20th
Swan Pub. This is a timber-framed building probably 17th but later re-fronted in brick. Hanging inn sign and covered in wisteria.
Green Man. Appears to be built of brick but inside is timber-framing. It is an 18th building in red brick;
Forsters. This is a 17th timber-framed building plus a ground floor shop front with a wooden board over the door
Denham Gallery. Brick house of 1810
Da Remo. This is the tallest building in the village with three storeys, plus an attic and cellar
Ashbys. This was once the Black Donkey pub and is a 18th brick building
Wrango Cottage. This has an 18th red brick garden wall.
Mull Cottage. The carriage entrance, between this and Green Cottage leads to the Cherry Wood works. It is a 17th house refronted in the 18th in red brick.
Green Cottage. This is a 17th red brick house
Old Cottage. A half-timbered building, with an unevenly-shaped front. Reputedly the oldest cottage in the street it is 16th, timber-framed with over-sailing gable
Swan Cottages - Wisteria Cottages. Row of 3 cottages refronted in the 18th in brown brick with rubbed flat red brick and an eccentric chimney
Wrango. An 18th gentleman’s residence set back and in a spacious plot.
White Cottage. This was once the Eight Bells Pub and a 17th building. It was the home of painter William Nicholson who moved here after his secret marriage in 1893. He joined brother-in-law, James Pryde, with a business making posters William’s son, Ben Nicholson was born here and become the foremost modernist painter of his generation
Fayrestead. This was at one time four cottages it is now one 17th timber-framed house
Hills House. Home of John Mills. It is a brick 17th house
Village Green. This is a 20th green on land given by Herbert Ward after the demolition of Island Cottages. There is a plaque on Denham Place wall
Bowyer House. The Bowyer family built and endowed this as the Bowyer Charity School in 1721. There is a plaque above the central door which says "In the year of Our Lord 1721, This Charity School was Erected by Subscription of ye Inhabitants of this  Parish and Other well disposed Persons and is perpetually Endowed by Sir William  Bowyer Bart, of Denham Court with Thirty Pounds Pr. Annum. Go and Do Likewise"
Cedar Cottage and Cedar Tree Cottage.  17th building  altered and refronted. It is in red brick over a timber frame. There is a dramatic black and white pattern on the end.
Rose Cottage.  Plain house in early 19th century Regency style

British Listed Buildings. Web site
Buckinghamshire County Council. Web site
Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Web site
Coaltaxposts. Web site
Day. London Underground
Denham Station. Wikipedia. Web site
Domesday Reloaded. Web site
Walford. Village London.

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Denham

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne
The River Colne flows southwards
Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

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Area with many amenities for the surrounding area

Post to the west Denham Station
Post to the south Denham Lock

Flagmoor Covert

Harefield Place Golf Course
Lakes managed by Hillingdon Wildlife Group

Harefield No.2 Pit. Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre which was originally Hillingdon Sailing Base. Owned and managed by London Borough of Hillingdon. The anglers don’t like it.

Dewe’s Farm. Many worked flint implements found, plus flakes and so on indicating industrial production. Now a haven for bikers racing
Stream through the area of the farm from Batteswell.
Dewe’s Dell
The Alders
Pumping Station
Waste Transfer site. Uxbridge Skip Hire
Hanson Premix, cement production.

Railway Line
Denham West Junction was immediately to the east of the Grand Union Canal Viaduct. This was for the line going down to Uxbridge.
Denham East Junction. This was for the line going down to Uxbridge. It was little used and the tracks were removed in 1916 for war purposes and never relaid.
Denham South Junction. Single track laid from here for a sidings for an oil tanker depot in 1942. The line ran from here down to Uxbridge following Frays River on its east bank initially

District Dave. Web site
Harefield Place Golf Club. Web site
Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre. Web site
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Denham

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The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne
The River Colne flows southwards and intercepts with Frays River at Denham Lock. Frays River then goes southeastwards. The Colne is also met by the River Misbourne from the west.
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An area which is generally more wetland than suburb

Post to the north Denham
Post to the south Willowbank
Post to the west Denham

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the boundary

Cowmoor Covert

Denham Lock
Deepest lock on the canal. Part of a conservation area.
Fran’s Tea Garden

Denham Lock Wood- A Wildlife Trust site which varies from alder and crack willow to marshy areas of reed with sedges lining the dykes. It is a diverse area of open mire and wet woodland which occurs only rarely. The site is low-lying and poorly drained on the floor of the Colne Valley with the water table is at or near the soil surface

Fray's Farm Meadows lie between the River Colne and Fray's River to the east of Denham Lock. Wet alluvial grassland of a type which is rare and threatened in the London area.

Frays Island This lies at the start of Frays River when it diverges from the Colne. It is a strip of wood land threatened by yet more gravel extraction. It has ancient plant rich in flowers communities in a background of sedges. The railway cutting too has characteristics of its meadow past. The ditches attract amphibians and the area generally attracts supports wildfowl and waders.

Frays River - The river leaves the Colne just north of Denham Lock. There is a theory that it began because a falling tree forced water from the Colne into another direction but it is more likely that it is a man made leat to power mills. It has also been called ‘the Uxbridge and Cowley Mill Stream’ or ‘the Cowley Stream’ or the ‘Colham Mill Stream’. Attention has been drawn to John Fray, a 15th Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was involved in Lea navigation and owned watermills in Essex. Locally he had an in Cowley Hall. It rejoins the Colne south of West Drayton.

Harefield Place Golf Course
Built on local authority owned land in 1959. Harefield Place had originally been acquired for hospital use.
Lakes – nature reserves cared for by a Hillingdon Wild Life Group.

Railway Line
The failed Great Western railway line between Denham and Uxbridge ran down the east side of the river, crossing to the west side near Denham Lock.

River Colne
Crescent weirs as the Frays River diverges from the Colne.
Flow gauging station alongside the weirs

St John’s Covert
Nightingales can be heard

The Lea
Lea Cottage

Sites on the Buckinghamshire side of the boundary

Denham Country Park
Heron sculpture

Buckinghamshire County Council. Web site
Canalplan. Web site
Hillingdon Borough Council. Web site
Wildlife Trust. Web site

The London/Buckinghamshire border - Willowbank

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The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along Frays River but leaves it going north east on an erratic course, probably of Shire Ditch, to cross Western Avenue and the Grand Union Canal to join the River Colne

The River Colne flows southwards and another stream diverges between this and the Canal.
Frays River goes southwards

Post to the north Denham Lock
Post to the south Uxbridge
Post to the west Denham Roundabout
Post to the east Swakeleys Roundabout

Sites on the Buckinghamshire side of the border

Alder Glade
Owned by HMTBC on stretch of disused railway line

Grand Union Canal
Denham Farm Bridge
Oxford Road/Western Avenue Bridge
Pipe Bridge
Frays Junction

Railway Line
The line between Denham and Uxbridge High Street ran on the west side of Frays River and Shire Ditch. This was an Great Western extension opened in 1907 and closed to passengers in 1939

The Western Arterial Road was built across the line in 1939.

Sanderson Road
Sandersons Factory. Arthur Sanderson founded the wallpaper firm in 1860 in Soho Square and by 1865 had moved to Berners Street with a factory in Chiswick. In 1921 a factory was opened in Uxbridge for the production of printed fabrics. Printing remained on this 100 Acres site until December 1999. In 1950 Sanderson added a new extension to its Uxbridge factory and in 1960 celebrated their 100th birthday by extending and enlarging it,

Shire ditch.
Interesting aquatic inhabitants. An older course of this delineates the county boundaries

The area was developed in the 1920s as holiday chalets on an island between the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal. Some of these original chalets remain today, but most have been replaced by permanent homes,

Willow Crescent West
The village green between here and Willow Crescent East.

Canalplan. Web site
City Wildspace
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site
Sanderson's Web site

Monday, 19 October 2009

The London, Buckinghamshire boundary., Uxbridge

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne. It crosses the Oxford Road and then crosses the Grand Union Canal and cuts across the end of Braybourne Close to meet Frays River which it follows northwards

The River Colne flows southwards
Frays River flows southwards

Post to the south Uxbridge
Post to the west New Denham
Post to the east Uxbridge Common

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the boundary

Atwells Yard
19th buildings

Beasley’s Yard
Named after the Revd Thomas Ebenezer Beasley 1763-1824.
Watts Hall, restored in 1982. The hall began as the Old Meeting House, a Congregational church of 1716 and the only substantial nonconformist chapel built in Middlesex at that date. It was built by William Thurbin. However the roof, front, and tower date from 1883 by Sulman.

Belmont Road
Uxbridge Bus Garage. This came into use in late 1983 replacing a garage in Oxford Road and is on the lower ground floor of a larger building.
Sainsbury’s Car Park –site of Belmont Road Station. 4th July 1904. Built by the Metropolitan Railway as the Terminus of the line from Harrow on the Hill. It was a brick building with no shelter on the south side of Belmont Road. It was laid out as a through station because the company intended the branch to reach High Wycombe. It had two. Platforms, with a main building on the down side and a refreshment room. These buildings survived intact after closure and became a frozen food warehouse. Later the site became a cash and carry warehouse and in 1985 a car park for Sainsbury's.
Sidings were on part of the old goods yard site north of the line.
Friends' Meeting House. This recalls the scale of old Uxbridge. It dates from 1817 and replaced the original 1692 building here. The town has been a centre for nonconformity and Quakers have been active her since 1658. Elders’ gallery and screens.
59-65 built 1988 by Ketley Goold Associates, with conservatory like staircase.
York House, 1986-7 by Michael Lyell Associates, tries harder to fit in, with pitched roofs at different levels.
The Hermitage Primary School
9 The Ostler

George Street
19th buildings
Harman's Brewery was established in Uxbridge by George Harman in 1763, and moved into its new headquarters in Uxbridge High Street in 1875. Courage, The eventual owners of the brewery, closed the headquarters in 1964. It was demolished and replaced by a Budgen's supermarket, which in turn was demolished with the construction of The Chimes shopping centre. The brewery building in George Street remained in place until it was demolished in 1967. The office building Harman House was built on the site in 1985, named after the brewery
Harman House, with its ramped entrance between huge splayed wings building up to a central tower, is the most ruthless in its sleek anonymity and ambiguous scale. 1984, again by Ketley Goold Associates: a skin of silver-glazed rectangular panels, without any articulation, not even any indication of floor levels.

Grand Union Canal
Uxbridge Lock, Conservation area with lock side buildings.

Harefield Road
Old Court House 1907
Police headquarters, Warwick Place
Flats on site of Frays College. Where George Orwell taught French. Now demolished founded about 1926 as Uxbridge High School and moving here in 1929.

High Street
High Street was previously known as ‘The Market’ which is indicative of its use.
20 King's Arms, former inn c 16 timber-framed buildings, much altered. Three gables and oriels, and a coach way to a back yard. Rebuilt 1986 by Ketley & Associates.
24 Three Tuns, which still advertises its beer by displaying three large barrels or ‘tuns’. A traditional Coaching Inn, Grade II listed, with a flagstone floor and low beamed ceiling
25-27, with pediment, brick with stucco trim.
28, a stuccoed bank
64, Old Bank House, of three storeys with a rusticated stucco ground floor, a. five windows wide, with an extra two bays added on the
66, The Cedars, an especially handsome tall c 18 house, with another good door case with fanlight, curly brick lintels to the second-floor windows, and shaped gables to the flank walls.
74-75, the late Georgian terrace type, with very pretty lights and the first-floor windows recessed in blind arches.
81 Fountains Mill, formerly a water mill by the river. There is a one three-storey yellow brick building and a tall chimney next to the inner ring road. Youth centre
98 18th house with a good door case, and a parapet to the roof.
118 Hill House Georgian
119 Nonna Rosa restaurant. Brick front with bowed window, probably timber-framed behind.
120-121, Zanzibar. A late 18th pair with stone central keystones to the windows. Carved porch
122, four bay house, with 18th brick cornice;
124-125 MacDonald's intrusive
132 The ‘Good Yarn Wetherspoons. The building was Pearson’s menswear shop. They moved here in 1968, from another address. They had originally been a tailors, from 1837. 18th house with projecting white windows
134, 18th, three storeys and five bays, with rubbed brick window-heads and central wooden oriel.
135 Crown and Sceptre
142 Barclays Bank, with a busy late c 19 stucco facade of 1975 as an envelope to new buildings - an indication of the approach to urban design was changing at this time.
Court House and Inland Revenue Offices, unsatisfactory bitty 1970s affairs in red brick, just where a solid street to front is needed to lead the eye downhill. But their setting much improved by the demolition in 1986 of the vast Odeon,
Goods yard closed in 1939. This had been used by wholesale grocers, Alfred Button and Sons.
Library, Part of Block 3 development. Modern with traditional materials. Massing and detailing carefully arranged to create a building in keeping with the High Street. Group Value RIBA Local Award 1989.
Market House, 1788 by Thomas Niell, a composition. It has 11 with a pediment and turret. The ground floor is now shops, since a restoration 1986 which are recessed behind the wooden Tuscan columns. Originally the ground floor was entirely open as and used for corn while the upper floor served as a grain store and as a charity school. It was built to replace one demolished in 1785 for road widening.
Uxbridge Station. Moved here from Belmont Road in 1938 and built as an underground station by the Metropolitan Line. It is an example of Holden style architecture, and was designed together with L. H. Bucknell. The frontage is plain, and surmounted with concrete sculptures, symbolising wheels and typical of the 1930s. Inside over the platforms is a concrete and glass roof, with a raised section over the centre road, and there is a wide circulating area with Stone leaves and whelks in the booking hall. Above are three stained glass windows, showing the arms of the then Urban District Council, together with those of Middlesex and Buckinghamshire. No other station on the Underground system has anything similar. Licensed buffet. Listed.
White Horse Tavern early c20 half-timbered
A bridge which would have carried the tracks of a proposed rail line to Denham above the street remained in position until 1922.

Montague Road
52-58 1848
55 + 57 Early- mid 19th
59 Early- mid 19th
60-64, 1848
66 + 68 Montague Cottages Early- mid 19th

Oxford Road
Colne Bridge rebuilt 1938. The boundary with Buckinghamshire. The bridge is likely to be the site from which the name of Uxbridge is derived – the bridge of the Wuxen.
Coal post on the south side in the parapet of the bridge
Houses a low group of canal side houses between the bridges
Canal Bridge rebuilt 1938
98 Swan and Bottle. This pub, which dates back to the 17th is named as the result of an amalgamation of two pubs– the Olde Swan and the Leather Bottle
90 Crown and Treaty House hotel. This has been an inn since the early 19th when it was converted by James Spiller, with Soane as consultant, after the canal company had acquired the grounds to build a wharf. The name commemorates the meeting held here in 1644 between Charles I and the Parliamentarians. It has one wing of the formerly half timbered Treaty House, otherwise known as The Place, which belonged to the Bennet family in the early 17th; the rest was demolished in the 1750s, and the road was diverted across the forecourt. It has a curved gable which is probably Jacobean but the porch is pastiche 18th. However the core of the building is 16th and upstairs, the so-called Treaty Room, has 16th paneling and a strap work over mantel, and another room has 17th paneling. Much of the woodwork was removed in 1922 and taken to New York to decorate the Empire State Building, but it was returned in the 1950s.
101 The Quays. Parexel building in art deco liner style 1991 for pharmaceutical manufacturer. On the site of Uxbridge High Street Station.
Uxbridge High Street Station. 1st May 1907. This was built by the Great Western Railway and it was intended to join West Drayton and Denham. Trains from here just ran round from Vine Street Station. Between 1917 and 1920 it was closed and in 1939 its last advertised passenger service ran although a freight service remained for another twenty five years. By the time this finished everything had been demolished. The station was at the north end of the High Street and had a single timber platform, a wooden building, waiting rooms, ticket office, toilets and a stationmaster’s office. There was a covered stairway to the street, and under the bridge was a building leased out as a cafĂ©.
Sedgewick's Brewery. Demolished
Bridge House. Xerox

Park Road
Methodist Central Hall at the corner of Park Road was erected in 1930

Railway Line.
The Great Western Railway did some work in the 1900s on the subsequently abandoned line to Denham – a cutting, an embankment, a brick viaduct and an iron girder bridge over the High Street, which was demolished in 1922.

Rockingham Road
Fassnidge Park. This was a memorial park which Kate Fassnidge created for her late husband in the gardens of their Uxbridge home in the 1920s. She gave it to the Council

The Pavilions Shopping area
A big chunk of the town was flattened in 1963-75 for a complex of shops, offices, and flats by Turner Lansdowne Holt and Partners. The original plan of the shopping areas was of the common 1960s type - open pedestrian squares linked by partly covered shopping parades - but in 1985-8 it was reconfigured and the two squares became glazed atria. The original central pub remains.

Sandersons Road
Goes to Sanderson’s wallpaper factory
Shire Ditch

Uxbridge Common
Part of a piece of land known as Northolt and Uxbridge Common. This was transferred to Uxbridge District Council in 1898 on condition it remained unenclosed and was to be used as public open space for informal sports and recreation for residents of the manor of Colham
Water Tower a sturdy square battlemented former tower for the Rickmansworth and Uxbridge Valley Water Company

Windsor Street
4 17th and early 19th
5a and 5B 17th and 19th
6 + 7 17th or early 18th
22 and 23 18th
36 1909
39-40 is clearly older, perhaps c 16, the ground floor gutted, but still with mullioned timber windows to the upper floor, and a steep, uneven roof.
49-50 Fig Tree wine bar further down the street was once the Police Station and was previously known as The Old Bill. Small and built in 1871 of brick.
Former post office, with Edwardian Baroque corner entrance,
Queen’s Head pub. It is thought that this might have been the rectory, and it has an underground passage which leads to the church. It was previously called ‘The Axe’.
St.Margaret's. This is an old church originally a chapel but not a parish church. It has a 15th hammer beam roof. Flint dressed walls although one of the aisles has become a cafe. The tower is 14th but part rebuilt. The nave, north aisle, and both the nave arcades date from the early 15th century. The chapel used as an organ chamber, is early-16th and traditionally this was the site of Shiryngton's chantry chapel. It was thoroughly restored in 1872 and a vestry built on the site of the former chicken market in 1882. Fittings include a late-15th font and two carved chairs, one of which is dated 1679. Monument: alabaster and marble altar tomb of Leonora Bennet 1638 with a reclining female figure and realistically carved skulls and bones.
Town Pump against the church wall.

Willow Avenue
‘Kingsmill’ Mill building, 1836. It includes industrial storage and a 10 storey silo buildings. This was a flourmill which owned by King in the 19th, who called it "Kingsmill". This is a now a major brand name although the flour is milled elsewhere. It latterly belonged to Allied Mills and worked until 2001
Kingsmill Cottage. At the entrance to the mill site. Grade II listed
Mill House. Grade II listed
Midway Cottage, Grade II listed
Administration building, Grade II listed
Vehicle workshop. Grade II listed
Gazebo, weighbridge and type K.6 telephone box. Grade II listed

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Stevenson. Middlesex
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Walford. Village London,

London/Buckinghamshire boundary. New Denham

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The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

The River Colne flows south westwards

Post to the east Uxbridge
Post to the south Uxbridge Moor
Post to the north Denham Roundabout
Post to the west Dromenagh

Sites on the Buckinghamshire side of the boundary

Alder Bourne

Knighton Way Lane
Brickfield Farm
Field Cottage

New Denham QuarryMineral extraction and processing plant 2009. With associated plant, lagoons, and other areas. New road and roundabout in Denham Road.

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the boundary

Riverside Way
Uxbridge Moor Nature Reserve. Between Frays River and the Colne, managed by London Wildlife Trust. Part of a chain of habitats along the Colne near the urban centre of Uxbridge. Where the Colne divides is an island of willow wood with elder and hawthorn, and impenetrable brambles. Part of the area is open grazed fields

Buckinghamshire County Council. Web site
London Borough of Hillingdon Web site

London/Buckinghamshire border. Uxbridge

The London, Hillingdon/Buckinghamshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne

Alder Bourne
Comes down to join the Colne, having passed under the motorway junction

The River Colne flows southwards and is met by the Alder Bourne from the north east

The Colne Brook diverges from the Colne in a southward direction

Post to the north New Denham
Post to the south Cowley
Post to the east Uxbridge
Post to the west Iver Heath

Sites on the London, Hillingdon, side of the boundary

Uxbridge Wharf - Uxbridge Boat Centre, formerly Fellows Morton and Clayton, canal carriers, with dry dock and an open sided boat-building shed, perhaps of the 1880s, with iron-truss timber roof-beams of a full 80 ft span, allowing narrow boats to be launched sideways into the canal.
Canal Bridge - there is a Second World War pill box under the bridge alongside the canal

Cowley Mill Road
Mills on which Uxbridge’s wealth was founded
Imhof's. Factory built 1961 by Taylor and Green. An elegant change from traditional factory design. It broke new ground, with works and office entrances sited side by side.
Coal post on the north side by Long Bridge
54 The Culvert pub. Gay and lesbian clientele. Closed

Culvert Lane
Cottage and Sluice which controls the sluice, through The Culvert, from the Canal to the Colne. Early 19th.
27 Victorian cottage garden

Hillingdon Grove
Mixed woodland, with pond and marsh plants

Rockingham Road,
Mill. early 19th on the Canal. Altered but retaining original character.

St. John's Road
St. John the Evangelist, Uxbridge Moor, opened in 1838 and designed by Henry Atkinson in yellow stock brick with a bell turret at its west end. One of the bells was brought from Flaunden Green and dated 1578. Chancel of variegated brick and modern vestry.
General Elliot, a late Georgian canal side inn with two canted bays.
National Schools, 1846, enlarged in 1889 by George Eves, yellow and red brick, with pierced bargeboards of variegated tiles. Now offices, with glazed entrance at the side. It was originally St. John's Church of England School, and was built on the glebe land via the National Society,

Sites on the South Buckinghamshire side of the boundary

Cherry Tree Avenue
Electricity sub station
Watergate Farm – Posh car sales

Gravel Pit
Sea Rangers Hut

Slough Road
Long Bridge- old bridge site bringing in the road from Slough to Uxbridge. Rebuilt before 1814. Over the Colne.
Mansfield Farm
Iver Nature Study Centre, next to Mansfield Farm and a venture by National Grid. a wildlife garden with a series of mini-habitats on a two-acre site: a meadow, woodland, five ponds, a mini-rainforest, a sensory area, the Garden of Time and Get Down to Nature - a mini assault-course

Buckinghamshire County Council. Web site
CanalPlan,. Web site
Canal Walks
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site