Goathouse Tree Ford

Ford in/near Heathrow

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Ford · Heathrow · TW6 ·
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2022

Before 1944, Goathouse Tree Ford marked where High Tree Lane crossed the Duke of Northumberland’s river.

The Duke of Northumberland’s river was an artificial channel constructed in the mid 16th century. Its purpose was to increase the amount of water driving Isleworth Mill and also to provide water to Syon House, running from the Colne at West Drayton to Isleworth.

When construction of Heathrow Airport began in 1944, the river was diverted to a more southerly route.

While Goathouse Tree Ford was the official name, the local name was High Tree River. The banks were wooded and on the south side started a riverside walk to Longford - about two miles away. Children could safely paddle in the water and fish for tiddlers and so the location, as a local beauty spot, was very popular for picnics. It was also popular with courting couples.

Although vehicle traffic had to use the ford, there was also a footbridge across the river.

Goathouse Road ran some 750 yards south from the ford to Long Lane. It may have been named after an enclosure called Goathouse Close.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.

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The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.

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The Underground Map
Michael Faraday successfully demonstrated the first electrical transformer at the Royal Institute, London.

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Bus makes a leap
A number 78 double-decker bus driven by Albert Gunter was forced to jump an accidentally opening Tower Bridge.

He was awarded a £10 bonus.

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The world’s first underground train
The very first underground train left Paddington on the new Metropolitan Railway bound for Farringdon Street.

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Baker Street
Baker Street station opened on the Metropolitan Railway - the world’s first underground line.

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TV comes to Olympia
Over 7000 people queued to see the first high definition television pictures on sets at the Olympia Radio Show. The pictures were transmitted by the BBC from Alexandra Palace, introduced by Leslie Mitchell, their first announcer.

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Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

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Heathrow Cargo Tunnel, TW6 The Heathrow Cargo Tunnel is a road tunnel that serves London Heathrow Airport.
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Heathrow

Heathrow Airport itself began in 1944 - its underground station opened in 1977.

Heathrow Central station opened on 16 December 1977 as the final terminus of the Piccadilly line’s extension from Hounslow West to Heathrow Airport. The preceding station on the line - Hatton Cross - had opened as a temporary terminus in 1975.

At its opening, Heathrow Central station served as the terminus of what then became known as the Heathrow branch of the line. Previously the branch had been called the Hounslow branch. 1977 was the first time that an airport had been directly served by an underground railway system.

With the development of the airport’s Terminal 4, this station renamed Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 on 6 October 1986. With the closure of Terminal 1, a new renaming occurred.


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Demolition of Heathrow Hall 1944
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Oak tree
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Perrott’s Farm
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Similar style cottages in Heath Row - assumed not to be this exact location due to the building pictured in the background.
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Oak tree
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