Goathouse Tree Ford

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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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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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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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