Willenhall Drive, UB3

An area which may have existed since the nineteenth century or before with housing mainly dating from the 2010s

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Willenhall Drive, UB3

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Road · Hayes (Middlesex) · UB3 ·
MARCH
17
2017

Willenhall Drive is a road in the UB3 postcode area




NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Barra Hall Park Barra Hall Park is an 11 hectare formal park situated near the centre of Hayes.

NEARBY STREETS
Albacore Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Almond Close, UB3 Almond Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Badgers Close, UB3 Badgers Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Barra Hall Circus, UB3 Barra Hall Circus is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Barra Hall Road, UB3 Barra Hall Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Botwell Common Road, UB3 Botwell Common Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Botwell Lane, UB3 Botwell Lane is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Burbage Close, UB3 Burbage Close is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Butchers Mews, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Chamberlain Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Chapel Court, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Chestnut Close, UB3 Chestnut Close is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Church Green, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Church Road, UB3 Church Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Churchfield Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Compton Road, UB3 Compton Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Divine Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Drenon Square, UB3 Drenon Square is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Egan Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Evergreen Way, UB3 Evergreen Way is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Fifth Avenue, UB3 Fifth Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Firefly Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
First Avenue, UB3 First Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Forris Avenue, UB3 Forris Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Freemans Lane, UB3 Freemans Lane is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Fremantle Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Greenfield Place, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Hamble Drive, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Hughendon Court, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Juniper Way, UB3 Juniper Way is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Kelf Grove, UB3 Kelf Grove is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
KERSTIN CLOSE, UB3 KERSTIN CLOSE is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Leven Way, UB3 Leven Way is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Lilac Gardens, UB3 Lilac Gardens is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Lime Grove, UB3 Lime Grove is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Lych Gate Walk, UB3 Lych Gate Walk is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Manton Close, UB3 Manton Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Marriner Court, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Monarch Drive, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Moray Avenue, UB3 Moray Avenue is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Orwell Close, UB3 Orwell Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Park Parade, UB3 Park Parade is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Rowan Place, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Sixth Avenue, UB3 Sixth Avenue is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
St Marys Road, UB3 St Marys Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
St Mary’s Road, UB3 St Mary’s Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
St. Marys Road, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
St. Marys Walk, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Sycamore Avenue, UB3 Sycamore Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
The Square, UB3 The Square is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Townfield Road, UB3 Townfield Road is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Townfield Square, UB3 Townfield Square is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Voltaire Way, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Walnut Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
West Avenue, UB3 West Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area


Hayes (Middlesex)

Hayes is a suburban development situated 13 miles west of Charing Cross, developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries as an industrial locality to which residential districts were later added in order to house factory workers.

Until the end of the 19th century, Hayes was primarily an agricultural and brickmaking area. However, because of its location on the Grand Junction Canal (later called the Grand Union) and the Great Western Railway it had a number of advantages as an industrial location in the late 19th century. It was because of this proximity that the Hayes Development Company offered sites on the north side of the railway, adjacent to the canal.

Hayes has always been heavily involved with industry, both local and international, and is (or has been) the home of EMI, Nestlé and H. J. Heinz Company. Past companies include Fairey Aviation (later merged with Westland), and HMV.

During the First World War the EMI factories produced aircraft. Charles Richard Fairey was seconded there for a short time, before setting up his own company, Fairey Aviation, which relocated in 1918 to a large new factory across the railway in North Hyde Road. Over 4,500 aircraft were subsequently produced here but Fairey needed an airfield to test these aircraft and in 1928 secured a site in nearby Heathrow. This became the Great West Aerodrome, but was requisitioned by the Air Ministry in 1944, and initially developed as a heavy bomber base intended for Boeing B-29 Superfortresses but when Second World War ended in 1945, it was taken over by the Ministry of Aviation and became Heathrow Airport.
The Nestlé company located its major chocolate and instant coffee works on the canal, adjacent to the railway east of the station, and it was for many years the company's UK headquarters.

It was in Hayes in the Central Research Laboratories (generally known as "CRL") that Isaac Shoenberg developed (1934) the all-electronic 405-line television system (called the Marconi-EMI system, used by the BBC from 1936 until closedown of the Crystal Palace 405-line transmissions in 1985).

Alan Blumlein carried out his research into binaural sound and stereo gramophone recording here. Trains at Hayes Station (1935) and Walking & Talking are two notable films Blumlein shot in order to demonstrate stereo sound on film. These films are held at the Hayes EMI archive.

In 1939, working alongside the electrical firms A.C. Cossor and Pye, a 60 MHz radar was developed, and from 1941 to 1943 the H2S radar system.


From the early 1970s to 2003 McAlpine Helicopters Limited and Operational Support Services Limited (later renamed McAlpine Aviation Services Limited) operated from two purpose-built helicopter hangars in Swallowfield Way industrial estate, as the company operated on land already owned by the Sir Robert McAlpine. The land on the other side of the Grand Union Canal is called Stockley Park and its buildings were intentionally positioned to allow safe passage for helicopters into the heliport in case of an emergency. Fortunately, this was never used.

Since development, industry has been pre-eminent in Hayes. The provision of adequate housing did not begin until after World War I, with the creation of dwellings of the garden suburb type.

George Orwell, who adopted this pseudonym while living there, lived and worked in 1932-3 as a schoolmaster at The Hawthorns High School for Boys, situated on Church Road. The school has since closed. Despite returning several times, Orwell was characteristically acerbic about his time in Hayes.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Coldharbour Farm (1955)
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Gravel Pit Cottages (early 1900s)
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Botwell Common (1890)
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In the neighbourhood...

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Barra Hall, Hayes taken from within Barra Hall Park (2006) In 2005, a renovated Barra Hall - the former town hall of Hayes - was reopened as a children’s centre.
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