Goathouse Tree Ford

Ford in/near Heathrow .

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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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Mike Dowling   
Added: 15 Jun 2024 15:51 GMT   

Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

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Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vickers Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

Ellen Place, E1
My mother’s father and his family lived at 31 Ellen Place London E1 have a copy of the 1911 census showing this

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Added: 10 Jun 2024 19:31 GMT   

Toll gate Close
Did anyone live at Toll Gate Close, which was built in the area where the baths had been?

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Charles Black   
Added: 24 May 2024 12:54 GMT   

Middle Row, W10
Middle Row was notable for its bus garage, home of the number 7.

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Added: 2 May 2024 16:14 GMT   

Farm Place, W8
The previous name of Farm Place was Ernest St (no A)

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

Frank Whipple Place, E14
Frank was my great-uncle, I’d often be ’babysat’ by Peggy while Nan and Dad went to the pub. Peggy was a marvel, so full of life. My Dad and Frank didn’t agree on most politics but everyone in the family is proud of him. A genuinely nice, knowledgable bloke. One of a kind.

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.

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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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