Category Archive: Middlesex

Jun 06

Heathrow – the lost hamlet

Note: The following account was written by local historian Philip Sherwood in 2007, and featured on a lost website which campaigned against the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In recovering it and featuing it here, we make no claims on copyright which still lies with the original author.   Before it was destroyed in 1944 Heathrow …

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Apr 22

Building the Stanmore Line, 1930 to 1932

A shorter version of this piece was written by Philip Grant as a “Secret History” article for the December 2007 issue of the “Brent Magazine”, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Stanmore Line, now part of London Underground‟s Jubilee Line. The copyright remains with Brent Magazine and not The Underground Map. …

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Apr 18

The Watling Estate

In 1890, the Housing of the Working Classes Act was passed by Parliament. This paved the way for a government programme of inner city slum clearance and replacement house building. Following the First World War, with soldiers returning home in need of houses and jobs, and a precarious post war economy, the government made a …

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Mar 15

One Hundred Elms Farm

N.B. Clicking on map markers take you to articles on the main website There was a farm on this site, on the northern edge of Sudbury Common, since at least the time of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Hundred Elms Farm was probably named after the avenue of elm trees which used to …

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Sep 17

Farms within the M25

Enfield, Middlesex Parkside Farm. Still existing. Pick your own fruit and veg June – October Rectory Farm. Still existing. Clay pigeon shooting. Greenford, Middlesex Horsenden Farm. Grazing continues in Long and Home Mead, the medieval fields under Horsenden Hill managed by Ealing Council. Harefield, Middlesex Battlers Wells Farm, Jackets Lane. Still existing. Bourne Farm. Still …

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Jun 02

Ruislip Village

The name, Ruislip probably derives from the Old English words for “rush” and “leap”, meaning a place where the river Pinn was narrow enough to jump across. Stone hand axes, a Bronze Age spearhead and traces of Roman dwellings have all been found in Ruislip. The first written evidence of Ruislip’s existence is the Domesday …

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Oct 04

Ruislip in 1900

Ruislip was formerly a parish in the county of Middlesex covering the neighbouring areas of Eastcote, Northwood, Ruislip Manor and South Ruislip. This map shows the future site of Ruislip station – with the map dating from 1900 the station is not shown, being opened some years later. The parish appears in the Domesday Book, …

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