Alperton

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Until the coming of the Underground railway, Alperton was a tiny hamlet.

The name Alperton means "farmstead or estate associated with a man named Ealhbeorht", deriving from an Anglo-Saxon personal name and tun, meaning farmstead or village in Old English.

Perivale Alperton was opened on 28 June 1903 by the District Railway (DR, now the District line) on its new extension to South Harrow on electrified tracks from Park Royal & Twyford Abbey. Park Royal & Twyford Abbey had itself opened five days earlier. This new extension was, together with the existing tracks back to Acton Town, the first section of the Underground’s surface lines to be electrified and operate electric instead of steam trains. The deep-level tube lines open at that time (City & South London Railway, Waterloo & City Railway and Central London Railway) had been electrically powered from the start.

The station was subsequently renamed Alperton on 7 October 1910.

On 4 July 1932, the Piccadilly line was extended to run west of its original terminus at Hammersmith sharing the route with the District line to Ealing Common. From Ealing Common to South Harrow, the District line service was replaced by the Piccadilly line.

The original station building was a modest timber framed structure built in 1910. In 1930 and 1931, this was demolished and replaced by a new station in preparation for the handover of the branch from the District line to the Piccadilly line. The new station was designed by Charles Holden in a modern European style using brick, reinforced concrete and glass. Like other stations such as Sudbury Town and Sudbury Hill to the north and others that Holden designed elsewhere, and also for the east and west Piccadilly line extensions such as Acton Town and Oakwood, Alperton station features a tall block-like ticket hall rising above a low horizontal structure that contains station offices and shops. The brick walls of the ticket hall are punctuated with panels of clerestory windows and the structure is capped with a flat concrete slab roof.

Alperton formerly shared with Greenford (on the Central line) the distinction of being one of the only two stations to have an escalator going up to the platforms. The escalator served the eastbound platform and had originally been used at the South Bank exhibition of the Festival of Britain. Now out of use, the escalator remains in place behind a wall.

Alperton has one of the capital’s highest populations from black or minority ethnic groups (BME). In the 1991 census, 43.2% of the population was Asian, only one point less than White. Indians formed 31.5% in 1991 and 32.4% in 2001, with white having decreased to 27.8%. According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group was Indian, 42% of the population, well above Brent’s average of 18%. Other Asian was second largest at 17%. The 2011 census also showed that 47.7% of the population were Hindu. Christians formed 27.2% and Muslims 11.9%.

The towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been used for various scenes in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. It was first used in an episode which aired on 3 October 1985, when the character Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) meets with Michelle Fowler (played by Susan Tully) and it is revealed Den is the father of Michelle’s baby. It was used again on numerous occasions, most famously on 23 February 1989, when Den Watts was shot before falling into the canal and supposedly dying. Den returned to the canal with daughter Sharon Watts on 3 October 2003, when he returned to Albert Square alive.

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VIEW THE ALPERTON AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE ALPERTON AREA IN THE 1800s
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LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Alperton Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Alperton Community School:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Alperton Sports Ground:   
Glenmore Parade, HA0:   Glenmore Parade is a shopping parade along Ealing Road.
Lyon Park Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
One Tree Hill Recreation Ground:   


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Abbey Avenue, HA0 · Abbey Wharf, HA0 · Abbeydale Road, HA0 · Alperton Lane, HA0 · Alperton Lane, HA0 · Athlon Road, HA0 · Atlip Road, HA0 · Aylestone Court, HA0 · Bamford Avenue, HA0 · Barham Court, HA0 · Belmont Avenue, HA0 · Beresford Avenue, HA0 · Bersford Avenue, HA0 · Bowrons Avenue, HA0 · Braemar Avenue, HA0 · Brentvale Avenue, HA0 · Bridgehill Close, HA0 · Bridgewater Court, HA0 · Bridgewater Road, HA0 · Bridgewater Road, UB6 · Bridgeway, HA0 · Burns Road, HA0 · Burnside Crescent, HA0 · Carlyon Close, HA0 · Carlyon Road, HA0 · Christchurch Avenue, HA0 · Clayton Avenue, HA0 · Clifford Road, HA0 · Continental House, HA0 · Crabtree Avenue, HA0 · Craigmuir Park, HA0 · Cromwell Court, HA0 · Cromwell Road, HA0 · Delta Centre, HA0 · Dorothy Avenue, HA0 · Douglas Avenue, HA0 · Ealing Road, HA0 · Eden Close, HA0 · Egerton Road, HA0 · Elmore Close, HA0 · Fulwood Avenue, HA0 · Glacier Way, HA0 · Glenmore Parade, HA0 · Hazel Grove, HA0 · Heather Park Drive, HA0 · Heather Park Drive, NW10 · Heather Park Parade, HA0 · Highcroft Avenue, HA0 · Highmead Crescent, HA0 · Hillfield Avenue, HA0 · Innovation Close, HA0 · Kathleen Avenue, HA0 · Kenmere Gardens, HA0 · Liberty Centre, HA0 · Lomond Close, HA0 · Longley Avenue, HA0 · Lyon Park Avenue, HA0 · Marquis Close, HA0 · Marsh Road, HA0 · Minavil House, HA0 · Mount Pleasant, HA0 · Newton Road, HA0 · Northfields Industrial Estate, HA0 · Northwick Road, HA0 · Norwood Avenue, HA0 · Orchard Close, HA0 · Queensbury Road, HA0 · Riverside Gardens, HA0 · Rosemont Road, HA0 · Rowley Close, HA0 · Saint James Gardens, HA0 · Seaton Road, HA0 · Stanley Avenue, HA0 · Stanley House, HA0 · Stanley Park Drive, HA0 · Station Approach, HA0 · Sunleigh Road, HA0 · Sunnydene Gardens, HA0 · The Grange, HA0 · Tiverton Road, HA0 · Valley Gardens, HA0 · Vicars Bridge Close, HA0 · Victor Grove, HA0 · Vincent Road, HA0 · Water Road, HA0 · Wendy Way, HA0 · West Links, HA0 · Westbury Avenue, HA0 · Westbury Road, HA0 · Woodside Avenue, HA0 · Woodside Close, HA0 · Woodside End, HA0 · Woodside Place, HA0 · Woodstock Road, HA0 · Wyatt Court, HA0 · Wycombe Road, HA0 ·

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What is Alperton like as a place to live?

TRANSPORTATION
Good
DAILY LIFE
Good
SAFETY
Good
HEALTH
Average
SPORTS AND LEISURE
Good
ENTERTAINMENT
Good
DEMOGRAPHICS
Average
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John Rocque Map of Wembley, Kingsbury, Willesden and Harlesden (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers an area from Harrow in the northwest to Harlesden in the southeast.
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Environs of London (1832) FREE DOWNLOAD
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Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
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Stanford's Geographical Establishment. London : Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur St., Charing Cross, S.W. (1901)
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