South Ealing

Underground station, existing between 1883 and now

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South Ealing is notable in Underground trivia for having, along with Mansion House, every vowel in its name.

South Ealing station was opened by the District Railway on 1 May 1883 on a new branch line from Acton to Hounslow. At that time there was no stop at Northfields and the next station on the new line was Boston Road (now Boston Manor).

Electrification of the District Railway’s tracks took place and electric trains replacing steam trains on the Hounslow branch from 13 June 1905.

The Northfields district then was just a muddy lane passing through market gardens. But housing began to be built at Northfields and in 1908, a small halt was built there.

Housing also began to appear to the north of South Ealing station - the area became rather commercial with new shops around the station.

The lines of the London Underground came under one ownership and, services from Ealing along the District Line into London having a lot of intermediate stops, it was decided to extend the Piccadilly Line parallel to the District tracks. Piccadilly Line services ran fast through the likes of Turnham Green and Stamford Brook speeding commuters into the West End.

The powers that be also decided to run Piccadilly line trains on the Hounslow branch - mainly because the western end of the Piccadilly line needed a new depot to store trains overnight and service them.

The temporary 1930s South Ealing station building
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1932 was a very major year involving additional Piccadilly line tracks adjacent to the District Line on the Hounslow branch with the consequent rebuilding of road bridges and stations. In particular, land was found for the building of a new train depot immediately west of Northfields. This necessitated the Northfield station platforms being moved so they faced towards South Ealing on the other side of Northfields Avenue.

A situation arose where the new South Ealing station platform faced the new Northfields station platforms under 300 yards from each other.

In the meantime the original South Ealing station had been demolished to enable the widening of the tracks and a temporary station entrance was built. Piccadilly line services, which had been running non-stop through the station since January 1933, began serving South Ealing from 29 April 1935. From this date, the branch was operated jointly by both lines until District line services were withdrawn on 10 October 1964.

No one in planning the stations had seemed to be too concerned that the two stations were now so close to each other until London Underground senior management paid a site visit and were dismayed to see what had happened with extra-close stations on the same line.

They proposed that South Ealing station should be closed and a brand new station built nearer Acton where the Ascott Avenue road bridge is and which could serve the newly built council estate south of the railway.

Local residents - and in particular the South Ealing Road shopkeepers - were very upset at this proposal. To pacify people, London Underground built a nearer entrance to Northfields station in Weymouth Avenue - a rather curious affair with a ticket office and a long elevated walkway to the Northfields platforms, part of the remains of which can still be seen today.

When London Underground in 1935 conducted a survey they found that most people preferred their station to be nearer where they shopped than where they lived. In addition far more passengers were now found to be using South Ealing because Brentford FC had been promoted to the first division of the football league. So South Ealing station had a reprieve.

With the war intervening, the temporary South Ealing station took on the status of a permanent station. It wasn’t until 1988 that a ‘proper’ permanent station was built - back on the other side of the line where the 1883 station originally stood. South Ealing had never had a Charles Holden designed station like the other 1930s Piccadilly Line stations. so the 1988 new station had a small "Holden style" tower.

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Lived here
John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
I lived at No. 61 with my parents during these years. I went to Canterbury Road school (now Barclay Primary) and sang as a boy soprano (treble) in the church choir at St Andrew’s church, on the corner of Forest Glade.
Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.

Tim Stevenson   
Added: 16 Nov 2021 18:03 GMT   

Pub still open
The Bohemia survived the 2020/21 lockdowns and is still a thriving local social resource.

Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.


Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:12 GMT   

Lynedoch Street, E2
my father Arthur Jackson was born in lynedoch street in 1929 and lived with mm grandparents and siblings, until they were relocated to Pamela house Haggerston rd when the street was to be demolished


Sir Walter Besant   
Added: 11 Nov 2021 18:47 GMT   

Sir Walter adds....
All the ground facing Wirtemberg Street at Chip and Cross Streets is being levelled for building and the old houses are disappearing fast. The small streets leading through into little Manor Street are very clean and tenanted by poor though respectable people, but little Manor Street is dirty, small, and narrow. Manor Street to Larkhall Rise is a wide fairly clean thoroughfare of mixed shops and houses which improves towards the north. The same may be said of Wirtemberg Street, which commences poorly, but from the Board School north is far better than at the Clapham end.

Source: London: South of the Thames - Chapter XX by Sir Walter Besant (1912)

Added: 6 Nov 2021 15:03 GMT   

Old Nichol Street, E2
Information about my grandfather’s tobacconist shop

Added: 3 Nov 2021 05:16 GMT   

I met
someone here 6 years ago

Fion Anderson   
Added: 2 Nov 2021 12:55 GMT   

Elstree not Borehamwood
Home of the UK film industry


South Ealing South Ealing is notable in Underground trivia for having, along with Mansion House, every vowel in its name.

Almond Avenue, W5 Almond Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Alperton Lane, W5 Alperton Lane is a road in the W5 postcode area
Ascott Avenue, W5 Ascott Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Ash Grove, W5 Ash Grove is a street in Ealing.
Baillies Walk, W5 Baillies Walk is a footpath in (South) Ealing leading from St Mary’s Ealing to Warwick Road.
Beaconsfield Road, W5 Beaconsfield Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Beech Gardens, W5 Beech Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Brook Close, W5 Brook Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Carlyle Road, W5 Carlyle Road is a street in Ealing.
Cedar Grove, W5 Cedar Grove is a road in the W5 postcode area
Chandos Avenue, W5 Chandos Avenue is a street in Ealing.
Cherry Close, W5 Cherry Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Church Gardens, W5 Church Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Church Lane, W5 Church Lane is a street in Ealing.
Church Place, W5 Church Place is a street in Ealing.
Coningsby Cottages, W5 Coningsby Cottages is a road in the W5 postcode area
Creighton Road, W5 Creighton Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Ealing Park Gardens, W5 Ealing Park Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Elderberry Road, W5 Elderberry Road is a street in Ealing.
Hollies Road, W5 Hollies Road is a street in Ealing.
Junction Road, W5 Junction Road is a street in Ealing.
Kenilworth Road, W5 Kenilworth Road is a street in Ealing.
Kerrison Road, W5 Kerrison Road is a street in Ealing.
Keswick Mews, W5 Keswick Mews is a street in Ealing.
Lilac Gardens, W5 Lilac Gardens is a road in the W5 postcode area
Limes Walk, W5 Limes Walk is a road in the W5 postcode area
Littlewood Close, W5 Littlewood Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Marlborough Road, W5 Marlborough Road is a street in Ealing.
Murray Road, W5 Murray Road is a street in Ealing.
Netherbury Road, W5 Netherbury Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Noel Road, W5 Noel Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Oakley Avenue, W5 Oakley Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Occupation Lane, W5 Occupation Lane is a road in the W5 postcode area
Pope’s Lane, TW8 Pope’s Lane is a road in the TW8 postcode area
Radbourne Avenue, W5 Radbourne Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Rowan Close, W5 Rowan Close is a street in Ealing.
South Road, W5 South Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
St Marys Road, W5 St Marys Road is a street in Ealing.
Sunnyside Road, W5 Sunnyside Road is a street in Ealing.
The Quadrant, W5 The Quadrant is a street in Ealing.
Vale Lane, W5 Vale Lane is a road in the W5 postcode area
Victoria Road, W5 Victoria Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Walpole Court, W5 Walpole Court is a street in Ealing.
Whitestile Road, W5 Whitestile Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Windmill Road, W5 Windmill Road is a street in Ealing.

Ealing Park Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.

Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park lies between Kilburn and Kensal Green, developed from 1875 onwards and named to honour Queen Victoria.

The north of Queen’s Park formed part of the parish of Willesden and the southern section formed an exclave of the parish of Chelsea, both in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex. In 1889 the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works that included the southern section of Queen’s Park was transferred from Middlesex to the County of London, and in 1900 the anomaly of being administered from Chelsea was removed when the exclave was united with the parish of Paddington. In 1965 both parts of Queen’s Park became part of Greater London: the northern section - Queen’s Park ’proper’ formed part of Brent and the southern section - the Queen’s Park Estate - joined the City of Westminster.

Queen’s Park, like much of Kilburn, was developed by Solomon Barnett. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, built between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean, classical lines. Those west of the park, built 190005, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett’s wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew (e.g. Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or for popular poets of the time (e.g. Tennyson). The first occupants of the area in late Victorian times were typically lower middle class, such as clerks and teachers. Queen’s Park is both demographically and architecturally diverse. The streets around the park at the heart of Queen’s Park are a conservation area.

There is hardly any social housing in the streets around Queens Park itself, and the area was zoned as not suitable for social housing in the 1970s and 1980s as even then house prices were above average for the borough of Brent, which made them unaffordable for local Housing Associations. The main shopping streets of Salusbury Road and Chamberlayne Road have fewer convenience stores and more high-value shops and restaurants. Local schools some of which struggled to attract the children of wealthier local families in the past are now over-subscribed. House prices have risen accordingly.

Queen’s Park station was first opened by the London and North Western Railway on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham.

Services on the Bakerloo line were extended from Kilburn Park to Queen’s Park on 11 February 1915. On 10 May 1915 Bakerloo services began to operate north of Queen’s Park as far as Willesden Junction over the recently built Watford DC Line tracks shared with the LNWR.

Charles Blondin at work
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The Mall, W5
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In the neighbourhood...

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Baillies Walk, W5 is a curious relic of a public right of way which was neither made up into a road nor abolished. It still provides a secret back way between South Ealing station and Ealing Common.
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