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Cranford Park and church and much of the old village - trapped between the M4 and the airport. Some industrial buildings to the north
Post to the north Bulls Bridge
Post to the south Cranford
Child Hall Memorial Hall. Maurice Child was rector of St. Dunstan’s in
1935. He was known as the Playboy of the Western Church
Hartlands. Travellers’ site. This was originally an itinerant site which was
licensed in 1968 and had approximately twenty plots
Old Rectory. This is an 18th
building with a 19th front in brick but with a timber-framed wing. .
According to tradition it was once a farm-house. In 1939 the Air Ministry
bought it for a proposed extension to Heston airport and in 1958 this land was
acquired by the Ministry of Transport. The building is thus no longer within Cranford Park as it was cut off when the
M4 was built. It is now in use as day nursery.
name - fish were weighed by the cran and in the Kingston Zodiac Cranford is on Pisces
Moat which was the site of the Manor of Cranford le Mote. It remains with the
Berkeley family today. The site of the moats was however owned by Middlesex
County Council and subsequently by the local authority.
Dunstan's Church. Records of the church go back to the 1360s. However it is
thought that a church has stood here from the 7th and it is
mentioned that a Roman 'little chapel', of the type which stood at cross-roads
stood here. The church is also mentioned at Doomsday Book. It was probably built in the 13th with a 15th
tower. A fire in the nave led to its rebuilding in brick in 1710 by Elizabeth
Dowager Countess of Berkeley. Restorations done in 1895 by J L Pearson and in
1935-6 by artist Martin Travers. It is
in flint, rubble and red brick. Inside it is rendered and painted white. The
floor is flagged with grave slabs, and there is Jacobean black and white marble
in the sanctuary. There is a medieval wall painting in the chancel, and a stone
spiral staircase to the tower. there is a 20th gallery which is the ringing
chamber for a peal of six bells one of which dates from 1380 cast by William
Burford of Aldgate. The clock is by Gillet & Co, 1886. The area round the
altar was made in the 1930s by Travers in wood which looks like draped
tapestry. There is a sanctuary lamp by arts and crafts silversmith Omar Ramsden
and a collection of stained glass with a window by Kempe, 1895. A Great War memorial
in a window has a bi-plane and tank and another war memorial is made up of a
statue. There are many important monuments inside the church. The vestry is
from the 1950s and the church was still lit by gaslight in 1958. Outside a stone coat of arms of the Berkeley family is on the
Churchyard. There is a timber lych gate in timber on a brick
plinth and it is surrounded by brick walls. There are of specimen trees
including a Wellingtonia, cedar, yew and lime. There is the gravestone of
comedian Tony Hancock and his mother. South is a lime tree with mistletoe
and an old sweet chestnut
Cranford House. This was connected to Cranford St.
John manor, rather than with Cranford le Mote. This was held by the Templars who let it out
as a farm. Houses near the church are mentioned from the 17th. Cranford
House was on the site of a mansion-house of 1664 and was extensively rebuilt by
James, Earl of Berkeley in the18th.
It was a three storey brick house used by the Berkeley family until the Great
War. It was demolished in the 1940s.
Cranford House Stables, these are 18th and consist of
a rectangular building which was originally L-shaped. On the ground floor are
ten semi-circular arches, eight of which are dummy.it has a central pediment with a clock and bell tower - The clockmaker
L. Bradley made the Turret Clock in 1721 and it is said to have come from
Hampton Court Palace. The bell is now at Berkeley Castle. A weather vane has disappeared.
The rooms above were the living quarters for the stable hands. In the stables are
the stalls, troughs, hayracks and tiling and also a birthing stall. Brown
Longeared Bats use the roof space. This was the home of the Berkeley Hunt.
Wall. This is the curved remains of a
crinkle-crankle wall from the 17th.
Driveway Meadow. This has flowers and thistles and
Kitchen garden walls which are buttressed around a
garden area and long 18th ha-ha walls marking the boundary of a
plantation. There is a bricked-up tunnel entrance in the walk that
is rumoured to lead to the Cellar, St Dunstan’s Church and even the Bath Road
Mound of earth which covers the cellars of Cranford House. Built
around 1720. They consist of a red brick barrel vaulted cellar wide with vaults
springing from a Portland stone piers. The cellar can only be accessed via a locked
Cranford Park Bridge. 18th brick and cement rendered bridge. One
arch with piers on a semi-circular plinth designed to
Watersplash Wood. this is bordered by Watersplash
Lane. there are dense stands of Elm suckers along with ash and hawthorn
This was traditionally used for recreation grassland and kept short.
Church Field. This area is used for the annual
summer fair. Under the the centre is the cesspit for the park toilets. Trees
include lime, false acacia and cherry trees and the public can plant trees for
remembrance or commemoration. there are six
evergreen oaks planted in 1972 in memory of Arthur Skeffington, MP for Hayes
and Harlington from 1953 to 1971 and who
was also First President of the Aboricultural Association from 1964 to 1971
Church Wood. This has a mix of tree species - suckering
elm, ash, willow, black poplar and hawthorn. There are holes in the ground which
may have been a badger sett.
Dog Kennel Covert
This was where the Berkeley family had their dog
kennels – presumably hounds used for hunting. The River Crane meandered through
this woodland before it was straightened but there is little evidence of the
original path,. There are several ditches supporting plants gipsywort and meadowsweet.
In the woods are suckering elms, amongst other trees species and scrub. Some coppicing
has been undertaken. There is a nature trail which accesses the west bank of
the Crane. It runs parallel to the river. There are muntjac and bats
International Market. Local authority owned air freight produce market opened
in 1974. Now demolished
Western International Market. Opened 2009
Fountain. It dates from 1877 in granite, cast iron railings and lamp standards.
It has an octagonal spire with bowls to each side. The lamps are inscribed Geo Smith & Co Sun Foundry Glasgow.
The east niche has an inscription: 'the
gift of Mrs Wheeler the widow of Samuel Wheeler Esq formerly of Barrow Hills
Chertsey Surrey and Brunswick Terrace Brighton 1877 erected by the Drinking
Fountain & Cattle Trough Association. It originally stood in Brentford
Market but was originally designed for the embankment. It was moved to the
Western Market in 1974 and now relocated to the new market
in 1964, cutting through much of Cranford and isolating some of it.
The road here is on a reinforced concrete viaduct of 1964 built by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners
The north part is the
site of the manor house of Cranford-le-Mote. This was a secondary manor that formed part of Cranford Park along with Cranford St.
John owned by Berkeley family. The Manor House stood in a moated area but the
building was pulled down in 1780. Some remnants of the moat still exist The southern boundary of the
covert is marked with yews at regular intervals along a ditch. When the M4 was
built a large orchard, dovecote and an ornamental lake were lost to
construction. The woodland is dominated by suckering elm but there are number of other
mature trees here especially ash and oak. Bluebells are numerous as is red campion
and impenetrable bramble.
Hyde Electricity Sub Station. Vast brick building.
House – the site of the original manor lie under the road
was a ford on the river here. The road is however closed through woodland and
only exists at its north and south ends.
History Online. Cranford. Web site
Listed Buildings. Web site
Borough of Hillingdon. Web site
Borough of Hounslow. Web site
Gardens online. Web site
County Council. History of Middlesex
Osborne. Defending London
and Cherry. North West London
Church. Web site.