South Ealing

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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 (click to enlarge)

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 From this date, the branch was operated jointly by both lines until District line services were withdrawn on 10 October 1964.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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roger morris   
Added: 16 Oct 2021 08:50 GMT   

Atherton Road, IG5 (1958 - 1980)
I moved to Atherton road in 1958 until 1980 from Finsbury Park. My father purchased the house from his brother Sydney Morris. My father continued to live there until his death in 1997, my mother having died in 1988.
I attended The Glade Primary School in Atherton Road from sept 1958 until 1964 when I went to Beal School. Have fond memories of the area and friends who lived at no2 (Michael Clark)and no11 (Brian Skelly)

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margaret clark   
Added: 15 Oct 2021 22:23 GMT   

Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
^, Josepine House, Stepney is the address of my mother on her marriage certificate 1938. Her name was Margaret Irene Clark. Her father Basil Clark was a warehouse grocer.

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Martin Eaton    
Added: 14 Oct 2021 03:56 GMT   

Boundary Estate
Sunbury, Taplow House.

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Simon Chalton   
Added: 10 Oct 2021 21:52 GMT   

Duppas Hill Terrace 1963- 74
I’m 62 yrs old now but between the years 1963 and 1975 I lived at number 23 Duppas Hill Terrace. I had an absolutely idyllic childhood there and it broke my heart when the council ordered us out of our home to build the Ellis Davd flats there.The very large house overlooked the fire station and we used to watch them practice putting out fires in the blue tower which I believe is still there.
I’m asking for your help because I cannot find anything on the internet or anywhere else (pictures, history of the house, who lived there) and I have been searching for many, many years now.
Have you any idea where I might find any specific details or photos of Duppas Hill Terrace, number 23 and down the hill to where the subway was built. To this day it saddens me to know they knocked down this house, my extended family lived at the next house down which I think was number 25 and my best school friend John Childs the next and last house down at number 27.
I miss those years so terribly and to coin a quote it seems they just disappeared like "tears in rain".
Please, if you know of anywhere that might be able to help me in any way possible, would you be kind enough to get back to me. I would be eternally grateful.
With the greatest of hope and thanks,
Simon Harlow-Chalton.


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Linda Webb   
Added: 27 Sep 2021 05:51 GMT   

Hungerford Stairs
In 1794 my ancestor, George Webb, Clay Pipe Maker, lived in Hungerford Stairs, Strand. Source: Wakefields Merchant & Tradesmens General Directory London Westminster 1794

Source: Hungerford Stairs

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jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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

THE STREETS OF SOUTH EALING
Airedale Road, W5 Airedale Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Alacross Road, W5 Alacross Road is a street in Ealing.
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.
Aspen Close, W5 Aspen Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Balmain Close, W5 Balmain Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Beaconsfield Road, W5 Beaconsfield Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Beech Gardens, W5 Beech Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Birkbeck Road, W5 Birkbeck Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Blandford Road, W5 Blandford Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Brook Close, W5 Brook Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Cairn Avenue, W5 Cairn Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Carlyle Road, W5 Carlyle Road is a street in Ealing.
Carville Crescent, W5 Carville Crescent is a road in the W5 postcode area
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
Chestnut Grove, W5 Chestnut Grove is a street in Ealing.
Chilton Avenue, W5 Chilton Avenue is a street in Ealing.
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.
Clayponds Avenue, W5 Clayponds Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Clovelly Road, W5 Clovelly Road is a street in Ealing.
Coningsby Cottages, W5 Coningsby Cottages is a road in the W5 postcode area
Coningsby Road, W5 Coningsby Road is a street in Ealing.
Convent Gardens, W5 Convent Gardens is a road in the W5 postcode area
Creighton Road, W5 Creighton Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Darwin Road, W5 Darwin Road is a street in Ealing.
Disraeli Road, W5 Disraeli Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Dorset Road, W5 Dorset Road is a street in Ealing.
Durham Road, W5 Durham Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Ealing Green, W5 Ealing Green is a street in Ealing.
Ealing Park Gardens, W5 Ealing Park Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Ealing Park Mansions, W5 Ealing Park Mansions is a street in Ealing.
Ealing Studios, W5 Ealing Studios is a street in Ealing.
Elderberry Road, W5 Elderberry Road is a street in Ealing.
Gideon Mews, W5 Gideon Mews is a road in the W5 postcode area
Gloucester Road, W5 Gloucester Road is a street in Ealing.
Grange Road, W5 Grange Road is a street in Ealing.
Hart Grove, W5 Hart Grove is a road in the W5 postcode area
Hereford Road, W5 Hereford Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
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.
Knights Avenue, W5 Knights Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Lammas Park Gardens, W5 Lammas Park Gardens is a road in the W5 postcode area
Lammas Park Road, W5 Lammas Park Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Lawrence Road, W5 Lawrence Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
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
Little Ealing Lane, W5 Little Ealing Lane is a street in Ealing.
Littlewood Close, W5 Littlewood Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
Liverpool Road, W5 Liverpool Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Lothair Road, W5 Lothair Road is a street in Ealing.
Maple Grove, W5 Maple Grove is a street in Ealing.
Marlborough Road, W5 Marlborough Road is a street in Ealing.
Marsh Road, W5 Marsh Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Masons Green Lane, W5 Masons Green Lane is a road in the W5 postcode area
Murray Road, W5 Murray Road is a street in Ealing.
Netherbury Road, W5 Netherbury Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Nicholas Gardens, W5 Nicholas Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Noel Road, W5 Noel Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
North Road, W5 North Road is a street in Ealing.
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
Olive Road, W5 Olive Road is a street in Ealing.
Palm Grove, W5 Palm Grove is a road in the W5 postcode area
Pope’s Lane, TW8 Pope’s Lane is a road in the TW8 postcode area
Pope’s Lane, W5 Pope’s Lane is a road in the W3 postcode area
Popes Lane, W5 Popes Lane is a street in Ealing.
Pope’s Lane, W5 Pope’s Lane is a road in the W3 postcode area
Queen Anne’s Grove, W5 Queen Anne’s Grove is a road in the W5 postcode area
Queen Annes Gardens, W5 Queen Annes Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Queen’s Road, W5 A street within the W5 postcode
Radbourne Avenue, W5 Radbourne Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Ranelagh Road, W5 Ranelagh Road leads east from St Mary’s Road.
Richmond Road, W5 Richmond Road is a street in Ealing.
Rose Gardens, W5 Rose Gardens is a road in the W5 postcode area
Rowan Close, W5 Rowan Close is a street in Ealing.
Soane Close, W5 Soane Close is a road in the W5 postcode area
South Ealing Road, W5 South Ealing Road is a street in Ealing.
South Road, W5 South Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
St Mary’s Court, W5 St Mary’s Court is a road in the W5 postcode area
St Mary’s Place, W5 St Mary’s Place is a road in the W5 postcode area
St Marys Road, W5 St Marys Road is a street in Ealing.
St. James’s Road, W5 A street within the W5 postcode
Sterling Place, W5 Sterling Place is a modern development south of Ealing Cemetery.
Sunderland Road, W5 Sunderland Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Sunnyside Road, W5 Sunnyside Road is a street in Ealing.
Sycamore Avenue, W5 Sycamore Avenue is a road in the W5 postcode area
Temple Road, W5 Temple Road is a street in Ealing.
The Corner, W5 The Corner is a street in Ealing.
The Park, W5 The Park is a street in Ealing.
The Pavement, W5 The Pavement is a street in Ealing.
The Quadrant, W5 The Quadrant is a street in Ealing.
The Ride, W5 The Ride is a road in the W5 postcode area
Vale Lane, W5 Vale Lane is a road in the W5 postcode area
Venetia Road, W5 Venetia Road is a street in Ealing.
Victoria Road, W5 Victoria Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Walpole Court, W5 Walpole Court is a street in Ealing.
Warwick Place, W5 Warwick Place is a road in the W5 postcode area
Warwick Road, W5 Warwick Road is a street in Ealing.
Webster Gardens, W5 Webster Gardens is a street in Ealing.
Whitestile Road, W5 Whitestile Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Willow Road, W5 Willow Road is a road in the W5 postcode area
Windmill Road, W5 Windmill Road is a street in Ealing.

THE PUBS OF SOUTH EALING
Ealing Park Tavern This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Grosvenor House Social Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Roddy’s Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Rose & Crown This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Castle Inn This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Red Lion 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 1900–05, 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.


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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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