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Until the coming of the Underground railway, Alperton was a tiny hamlet.


The name Alperton means "farmstead or estate associated with a man named Ealhbeorht", deriving from an Anglo-Saxon personal name and tun, meaning farmstead or village in Old English.

Perivale Alperton was opened on 28 June 1903 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its new extension to South Harrow on electrified tracks from Park Royal & Twyford Abbey. Park Royal & Twyford Abbey had itself opened five days earlier. This new extension was, together with the existing tracks back to Acton Town, the first section of the Underground’s surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains. The deep-level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start.

The station was subsequently renamed Alperton on 7 October 1910.

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line service was replaced by the Piccadilly line.

The original station building was a modest timber framed structure built in 1910. In 1930 and 1931, this was demolished and replaced by a new station in preparation for the handover of the branch from the District line to the Piccadilly line. The new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. Like other stations such as Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill to the north and others that Holden designed elsewhere, and also for the east and west Piccadilly line extensions such as Acton Town and Oakwood, Alperton station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure that contains station offices and shops. The brick walls of the ticket hall are punctuated with panels of clerestory windows and the structure is capped with a flat concrete slab roof.

Alperton formerly shared with Greenford (on the Central line) the distinction of being one of the only two stations to have an escalator going up to the platforms. The escalator served the eastbound platform and had originally been used at the South Bank exhibition of the Festival of Britain. Now out of use, the escalator remains in place behind a wall.

Alperton has one of the capital’s highest populations from black or minority ethnic groups (BME). In the 1991 census, 43.2% of the population was Asian, only one point less than White. Indians formed 31.5% in 1991 and 32.4% in 2001, with white having decreased to 27.8%. According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group was Indian, 42% of the population, well above Brent’s average of 18%. Other Asian was second largest at 17%. The 2011 census also showed that 47.7% of the population were Hindu. Christians formed 27.2% and Muslims 11.9%.

The towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been used for various scenes in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. It was first used in an episode which aired on 3 October 1985, when the character Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) meets with Michelle Fowler (played by Susan Tully) and it is revealed Den is the father of Michelle’s baby. It was used again on numerous occasions, most famously on 23 February 1989, when Den Watts was shot before falling into the canal and supposedly dying. Den returned to the canal with daughter Sharon Watts on 3 October 2003, when he returned to Albert Square alive.


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THE STREETS OF ALPERTON
Abbey Avenue, HA0 Abbey Avenue is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Abbey Wharf, HA0 Abbey Wharf is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Abbeydale Road, HA0 Abbeydale Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Alperton Lane, HA0 Alperton Lane is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
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Bersford Avenue, HA0 Bersford Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
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Bridgehill Close, HA0 Bridgehill Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Burns Road, HA0 Burns Road is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Burnside Crescent, HA0 Burnside Crescent is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Carlyon Close, HA0 Carlyon Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Chequers House, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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Clifton Way, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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Cromwell Court, HA0 Cromwell Court is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
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D, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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Dorothy Avenue, HA0 Dorothy Avenue was named after the builder of the road’s daughter.
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Eden Close, HA0 Eden Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Education House, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Edwards Yard, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Egerton Road, HA0 Egerton Road is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Elmore Close, HA0 Elmore Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Fulwood Avenue, HA0 Fulwood Avenue is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Glacier Way, HA0 Glacier Way is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Glenmore Parade, HA0 Glenmore Parade is a shopping parade along Ealing Road.
Hazel Grove, HA0 Hazel Grove is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Heather Park Drive, HA0 Heather Park Drive is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
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Highmead Crescent, HA0 Highmead Crescent is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Hillfield Avenue, HA0 Hillfield Avenue is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Innovation Close, HA0 Innovation Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Kathleen Avenue, HA0 Kathleen Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Kenmere Gardens, HA0 Kenmere Gardens is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Kenya House 97a, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Liberty Centre Mount Pleasant, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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Lightley Close, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Lomond Close, HA0 Lomond Close is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Longley Avenue, HA0 Longley Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Lyon Park Avenue, HA0 Lyon Park Avenue is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Marquis Close, HA0 Marquis Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Montrose Crescent, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Mount Pleasant, HA0 Mount Pleasant is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
Newcombe Park, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
Newton Road, HA0 Newton Road is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Stanley Close, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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The Grange, HA0 The Grange is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Tiverton Road, HA0 Tiverton Road is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Tyres, HA0 A street within the HA0 postcode
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Vicars Bridge Close, HA0 Vicars Bridge Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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West Links, HA0 West Links is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Woodside Avenue, HA0 Woodside Avenue is a road in the HA0 postcode area
Woodside Close, HA0 Woodside Close is a road in the HA0 postcode area
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Woodstock Road, HA0 Woodstock Road is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex.
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Alperton

DTH=302 style='float:left; width=250px; margin-right:10px;'>Until the coming of the Underground railway, Alperton was a tiny hamlet.

The name Alperton means "farmstead or estate associated with a man named Ealhbeorht", deriving from an Anglo-Saxon personal name and tun, meaning farmstead or village in Old English.

Perivale Alperton was opened on 28 June 1903 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its new extension to South Harrow on electrified tracks from Park Royal & Twyford Abbey. Park Royal & Twyford Abbey had itself opened five days earlier. This new extension was, together with the existing tracks back to Acton Town, the first section of the Underground’s surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains. The deep-level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start.

The station was subsequently renamed Alperton on 7 October 1910.

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line service was replaced by the Piccadilly line.

The original station building was a modest timber framed structure built in 1910. In 1930 and 1931, this was demolished and replaced by a new station in preparation for the handover of the branch from the District line to the Piccadilly line. The new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. Like other stations such as Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill to the north and others that Holden designed elsewhere, and also for the east and west Piccadilly line extensions such as Acton Town and Oakwood, Alperton station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure that contains station offices and shops. The brick walls of the ticket hall are punctuated with panels of clerestory windows and the structure is capped with a flat concrete slab roof.

Alperton formerly shared with Greenford (on the Central line) the distinction of being one of the only two stations to have an escalator going up to the platforms. The escalator served the eastbound platform and had originally been used at the South Bank exhibition of the Festival of Britain. Now out of use, the escalator remains in place behind a wall.

Alperton has one of the capital’s highest populations from black or minority ethnic groups (BME). In the 1991 census, 43.2% of the population was Asian, only one point less than White. Indians formed 31.5% in 1991 and 32.4% in 2001, with white having decreased to 27.8%. According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group was Indian, 42% of the population, well above Brent’s average of 18%. Other Asian was second largest at 17%. The 2011 census also showed that 47.7% of the population were Hindu. Christians formed 27.2% and Muslims 11.9%.

The towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been used for various scenes in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. It was first used in an episode which aired on 3 October 1985, when the character Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) meets with Michelle Fowler (played by Susan Tully) and it is revealed Den is the father of Michelle’s baby. It was used again on numerous occasions, most famously on 23 February 1989, when Den Watts was shot before falling into the canal and supposedly dying. Den returned to the canal with daughter Sharon Watts on 3 October 2003, when he returned to Albert Square alive.
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