Elmlea 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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Elmlea Drive, UB3

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

Elmlea Drive is a road in the UB3 postcode area




NEARBY STREETS
Acacia Avenue, UB3 Acacia Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Albion Road, UB3 Albion Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Barra Wood Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Botwell Crescent, UB3 Botwell Crescent is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Cavendish Close, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Cedar Avenue, UB3 Cedar Avenue is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Charlton Court, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Church Walk, UB3 Church Walk is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Derwent Drive, UB4 Derwent Drive is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
End Green Road, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Fulwood Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Gledwood Crescent, UB4 Gledwood Crescent is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Gledwood Drive, UB4 Gledwood Drive is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Grange Close, UB3 Grange Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Grange Road, UB3 Grange Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
HERNE CLOSE, UB3 HERNE CLOSE is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Hurstfield Crescent, UB4 Hurstfield Crescent is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Kenbrook House, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Kenilworth Gardens, UB4 Kenilworth Gardens is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Kingswood Place Uxbridge Road, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Kingswood Place, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Leven Way, UB3 Leven Way is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Ls, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Marshall Drive, UB4 Marshall Drive is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Park Road, UB4 Park Road is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Parsonage Close, UB3 Parsonage Close is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Queens Road, UB3 Queens Road is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Regents Close, UB4 Regents Close is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Reid Close, UB3 Reid Close is a road in the UB3 postcode area
Rj, UB4 A street within the UB4 postcode
Rosedale Avenue, UB3 Rosedale Avenue is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Sherfield Mews, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Swift Close, UB3 A street within the UB3 postcode
Tithe Close, UB4 Tithe Close lies off Gledwood Drive.
Uxbridge Road, UB4 Uxbridge Road is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal area.
Westacott, UB4 Westacott is a road in the UB4 postcode area
WESTCOMBE LODGE DRIVE, UB4 WESTCOMBE LODGE DRIVE is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Whittington Avenue, UB4 Whittington Avenue is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Wood End, UB3 Wood End is one of the streets of London in the UB3 postal area.
Woodstock Gardens, UB4 Woodstock Gardens is one of the streets of London in the UB4 postal 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
The 1300s
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Coldharbour Farm (1955)
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Gravel Pit Cottages (early 1900s)
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Botwell Common (1890)
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