Beasley’s Yard is an old alleyway in Uxbridge town centre.
Beasley’s Yard leads now to Beasley Court, a block.Licence:
Beasley’s Yard is named after Thomas Ebenezer Beasley, the minister of the nearby church between 1790 and 1824.
The Old Meeting Congregational Church may have been founded in the 1660s. Meetings were held in the homes of church members until 1716 when their first meeting house was erected. This is now called Watts Hall, rebuilt in 1883.
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My family - Roe - lived in poverty at 158 Meyrick Rd in the 1920s, moving to 18 Lavender Terrace in 1935. They also lived in York Rd at one point. Alf, Nell (Ellen), plus children John, Ellen (Did), Gladys, Joyce & various lodgers. Alf worked for the railway (LMS).
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT
Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT
Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received
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The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).
But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).
Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT
Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT
The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:25 GMT
The deepest station
At 58m below ground, Hampstead is as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall.
Source: Hampstead tube station - Wikipedia
Uxbridge Uxbridge, a Middlesex market town, lies at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. Bakers Yard, UB8 Bakers Yard runs alongside Uxbridge station, connecting the High Street and the bus station. Chippendale Waye, UB8 Chippendale Waye takes its unusual spelling from the naming of other ’Wayes’ in the area just after the First World War. Cross Road, UB8 Cross Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Harman House, UB8 Harman House - an office building - was built in 1985 on the George Street site of the Harman Brewery. Lawn Road, UB8 Lawn Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Lynch Close, UB8 Lynch Close is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Mead Road, UB8 Mead Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Nash’s Yard, UB8 Nash’s Yard runs between Uxbridge station and the Chimes centre. New Arcade, UB8 New Arcade is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Norfolk Road, UB8 Norfolk Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Osborne Road, UB8 Osborne Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Redford Way, UB8 Redford Way is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. The Lynch, UB8 The Lynch is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. Warwick Place, UB8 Uxbridge Police Station lies at the Harefield Road end of Warwick Place. Windsor Street, UB8 Just off Uxbridge High Street is Windsor Street, a short road populated by older shops. Wyvern Way, UB8 Wyvern Way is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area. York Road, UB8 York Road is one of the streets of London in the UB8 postal area.
Uxbridge, a Middlesex market town, lies at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.
The origin of the name "Uxbridge" can be traced back to the "Wuxen Bridge," which was believed to be located near the current site of the "Swan and Bottle" pub on Oxford Road
. The Wuxen tribe, a Saxon group from the seventh century, gave the area its name.
Today, the town centre is home to major retail outlets and office buildings, including the main European offices of several international companies. Brunel University is also located in Uxbridge, and it serves as the civic centre of the London Borough of Hillingdon. The civic centre is an award-winning building that was designed in the 1980s, during the postmodernist architectural trend. RAF Uxbridge is located nearby, and it was instrumental in controlling much of the Battle of Britain through its 11 Group command centre.
During the construction of the new shopping mall, The Chimes, archaeologists discovered Bronze Age remains dating back to before 700 BC and medieval remains. Paleolithic remains have also been found two miles away in Denham.
Although Uxbridge is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of the 11th century, St Margaret’s Church was built a hundred years later. The existing pub, "The Queens Head," depicts Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, on its sign. The pub was previously called "The Axe" and possibly dates back to the 1540s. The pub is connected to the church by a tunnel. A cemetery with an archway is located at the bottom of Windsor Street
, and it was the site where three heretics were burned to death in 1555 for denying the trinity. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs identifies the heretics as John Denley, Robert Smith, and Patrick Packingham, while other sources call the last one Patrick Rockingham.
During Elizabeth I’s reign, Roman Catholics were subject to severe constraints, and Catholic priest Edmund Campion was trained in Douai to give covert support to Catholics. He travelled around England on horseback, giving secret sermons and pretending to be a diamond merchant. In 1580, he came to Uxbridge and hid for a couple of weeks in a house owned by William Catesby. In 1581, Campion was caught, and he was hanged, drawn, and quartered in London. The 40 or so Catholics who died during this period are called the "Douai martyrs," and the name is also used for the local Catholic secondary school in Ickenham.
In 1605, the Gunpowder Plot was uncovered, and its flamboyant leader, Robert Catesby (son of William), escaped and hid in his house in Uxbridge. He was later shot. Negotiations between Charles I and the Parliamentary side took place in Uxbridge from January 30 to February 22, 1645, and are commemorated in the name of a local pub and restaurant, the Crown and Treaty. The pub is located on the A4020 Oxford Road
, where it leaves the town, at the canal overbridge.
The covered market in Uxbridge was built in 1788, but the previous building was about twice as big, which created significant traffic problems.
The former Grand Junction Canal, which is now known as the Grand Union Canal, passes immediately to the west of Uxbridge and forms the borough boundary. The first stretch of the canal was built in the late eighteenth century from Brentford to Uxbridge. Uxbridge Lock is further upstream, and a nearby flour mill belonging to Allied Mills was purchased in the nineteenth century by a Mister King, who named it "Kingsmill." The brand name is still one of the best-selling bread-makers in the UK. For about 200 years most of London’s flour was produced in the Uxbridge area.
In the early 19th century, Uxbridge had quite an unsavoury reputation. The jurist William Arabin said of it residents "They will steal the very teeth out of your mouth as you walk through the streets. I know it from experience."
In the 1930s George Orwell was a teacher at Frays College, now Frays Adult Education Centre. His novel A Clergyman’s Daughter was based on his experiences there.
There were breweries in Uxbridge but the last one was closed down in the 1930s. Near here, Ellen Terry - the Shakespearean actress - spent her final years, as a pub landlady.
There were once three railway stations - Uxbridge Vine Street
(originally just Uxbridge Station), Uxbridge High Street, and Uxbridge Belmont Road
. All three have now closed. The line formerly to Belmont Road
now terminates at the present station, Uxbridge, fronting the pedestrianised High Street, and is served by the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines from Rayners Lane.