Category: Middlesex


Harefield is the only sizeable village in what was Middlesex that remains separate from the London sprawl.

Hounslow Gunpowder Mills

Crane Park is the site of the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills, built where the island is today.


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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Pinner Park Farm

One of the last of the major Middlesex farms.

West Ruislip

West Ruislip is a station located between Ickenham and Ruislip. It is served by both London Underground and National Rail trains on independent platforms. It is the western terminus of the Central Line’s West Ruislip branch.

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 featuring 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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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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One Hundred Elms Farm

[advanced_iframe securitykey=”73bfdf36bff161fdb6d48c80a87afbe943e66891″ src=”″ width=”400″ height=”400″] 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 …

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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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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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