NORTHOLT is a town in north west London, England, 11 miles (17.7 km)
Charing Cross and within the London Borough of
England . Essentially a suburban development, a feature is
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal , as is the A 40 road and a history of pony
* 1 History
* 2 Local landmarks
* 3 Population
* 4 Crime
* 7 Education
* 8 Transport
* 9 Political representation
* 10 Nearest places
* 11 Notable people
Northolt on television
* 13 Climate
* 14 References
* 15 Sources
* 16 External links
The settlement of
Northolt is located in the ancient county of
Middlesex (now part of
Greater London ) and is mentioned in the
Domesday Book as being held by Geoffrey de Mandeville , and
archaeological evidence suggests that there was a Saxon village at the
location from the 8th century onwards. The medieval village had its
origins in the Saxon period. Up to late Victorian times, the area was
rural with predominantly arable crops being grown. The fourteenth
Northolt Manor existed behind the present Court Farm Road and
was excavated from 1950 onwards. A barn constructed in the area in
1595 can now be seen in the
Chiltern Open Air Museum . In the early
part of the 18th century farmland was enclosed in order to provide hay
City of London
City of London , alongside more traditional crops such as peas
and beans . The 15th-century St Mary's Church
Suburban development began in the 1920s. Most of the housing north of
the Western Avenue was built in the 1920s–1930s, and is in the
private housing sector. Most of the housing built to the south of the
Western Avenue was built in the 1960s–1970s, and is in the social
housing sectors, particularly along the Kensington and
Two important transport links run through Northolt: the Grand Union
Canal and the modern
A40 road .
In the 21st century, a new large private housing development was
built on the former site of the
Taylor Woodrow company, adjacent to
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal . This development is known as "Grand Union
Village" and incorporates a new canal boat marina.
Farrier Road apartments, part of Smith's Farm estate, at the
bank of the
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
* St Mary the Virgin church (14th century) stands on the hill
overlooking the old village. The Welsh poet Goronwy Owen was briefly a
Samuel Lisle is buried here.
* In the centre of the village is a freestanding clock tower erected
to commemorate the coronation of
George VI in 1937.
Northolt Green Clock
* The White Hart public house is on the site of an old coaching inn.
The roundabout immediately south of it is on the junction of the A312
(Church Road and Hayes Bypass) with the A4180 (
Ruislip Road and West
End Road). The
Yeading Lane also joins the roundabout.
* Willow Cottages on the village green are said to have been built
of bricks from the old manor house , which once stood behind the
parish church .
* The two towers of the disused
RAF radio station north of the town
are situated in the Wood End wireless station recreation ground, which
is bordered on all sides by housing (Bayshill Rise, Lancaster Road,
Blenheim road). The location is now home to a National Air Traffic
Northala Fields is a large area alongside the
A40 road which has
been redeveloped as an extension to the
Park. The development consists of four large, man-made conical hills
(built of rubble from the first
Wembley Stadium ), which act as a
sound barrier to block traffic noise from the Western Avenue. Behind
the mounds are new ponds and a visitor centre.
* The Larkspur Rovers F.C. clubhouse is in Rowdell Road, Northolt.
It received funding from
Ealing Council and an Olympic legacy grant of
£50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
* There is a village community centre building in
opposite St Mary 's church, which incorporates an open-air miniature
* A leisure centre, incorporating a pool, a fitness centre, a
community hall and a library was built on the site of the former
Swimarama swimming pool at the junction of Mandeville Road and
Eastcote Lane North, and opened in 2010.
Down Barns Moated Site , a
Scheduled Ancient Monument .
A40 Western Avenue , taken from near Islip Manor
Northolt remained a rural, agricultural area in the 19th
century, its population growth remained slow:
* 1801 – 336 inhabitants
* 1871 – 479
* 1921 – 904
* 1961 – 26,000
* 1991 – 32,000
The rapid growth of the population in the mid-20th century can be
explained by Northolt's growth as a dormitory town for nearby
and the construction in 1935 of the
A40 road through the area. Modern
family homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1950s and
1960s, predominantly local authority rented housing was constructed.
3,423 council houses had been built in
Northolt by 1963.
station was opened in 1948 to serve the growing population of the
Anti-social behavior has recently been the most common reported
crime, followed by violent and sexual offences. Crime levels notably
increased, by up to 50% between 2013 and 2014.
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force has a station near Northolt. Sometimes called
Northolt Aerodrome, it is situated in neighbouring
South Ruislip in
London Borough of Hillingdon . Most early
RAF airfields were named
after the nearest railway station; in this case
South Ruislip ).
Racecourse Estate: this area was used for horse racing in the
early 20th century
Northolt was famous for the pony racing which took place in Northolt
Park. A one and a half mile (2.4 km) racecourse was constructed by Sir
William Bass and
Viscount Lascelles , and opened in 1929 by the Earl
of Harewood and his wife the
Princess Royal .
Second World War
Second World War , the land was taken over and used as an
army depot and prisoner of war camp . Despite numerous attempts to
revive pony racing after the war the land was given over to housing
construction. The Racecourse Estate was constructed between 1951 and
1955 in order to solve a severe housing shortage within the borough.
The gates of the original racecourse remain in Petts Hill, and a
section of the track can be observed as a long, flat stretch of land
alongside Mandeville Road.
Northolt High School , a specialist
Alec Reed Academy (formerly West London Academy)
* Gifford Primary
* Greenwood Primary
* Viking Primary
* Petts Hill Primary
* St. Raphael's Catholic Primary School
* Downe Manor Primary School
* Willow Tree Primary
* Wood End Primary School
Northolt has two stations:
Northolt on the
London Underground Central
Northolt Park , a
Network Rail station served by Chiltern
Railways . Numerous
London Buses routes serve Northolt.
The constituency of
Ealing North is currently represented by Labour
Member of Parliament
Stephen Pound , and has been since 1997.
Northolt is made up of two electoral wards (
Northolt Mandeville and
Northolt West End), as well as part of the electoral ward of North
Greenford, which elect councillors to
Ealing Council . As of 6 May
2010 the area is represented by five Labour councillors (three in West
End and two in Mandeville) and one Conservative councillor.
At the same election Labour took control of
Ealing Council from the
Conservatives with a major swing against the Tories, which conflicted
with the nationwide swing in the General Election.
Northolt comes under the
London Assembly constituency of
Hillingdon which has one assembly member, currently Onkar Sahota
(Labour), who was elected in May 2012.
Political status on
* Labour: 53 seats
* Conservative: 12 seats
* Liberal Democrats: 4 seats
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Stanley Green (1915–1993), a human billboard , lived in Northolt
Alton Ellis (1938–2008), musician, "Godfather of
lived in Northolt
Paul Gardiner (1958–1984), musician, bass guitar player in Gary
Tubeway Army , died in Northolt
Jerome Okimo , footballer with Stevenage FC , was born in Ealing
and grew up in Northolt
Steve Perryman , footballer with
Tottenham Hotspur , was born in
Ealing and grew up in Northolt
Paul Kidby , artist, known for his association with author Terry
Discworld , was born in Northolt
Michael Colclough , Canon Pastor at St Paul\'s Cathedral and
Deputy Priest in Ordinary to The Queen , was Archdeacon of Northolt
* IRA member Jimmy Canning lived undercover in
1991–93; he had wooed local Audrey Lamb and moved into her house at
15 Islip Gardens, using it as a weapons and bomb storage depot. He and
Lamb were arrested in 1992 following police surveillance.
NORTHOLT ON TELEVISION
* The popular
BBC comedy series My Hero , produced between 2000 and
2006, and featuring Ardal O\'Hanlon and
Emily Joyce , was set in
* An episode of the popular C
Tracy Beaker had scenes
filmed in the old Swimarama swimming pool .
* A faux documentary titled
Ghostwatch , aired on
Halloween in 1992,
was filmed in Northolt. Ghostwatch, the tale of a single mother
haunted in her
Northolt home by a mysterious figure called "Pipes"
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* ^ "Facility improvement projects". London Borough of Ealing.
* ^ Historic
England . "Details from listed building database
(1001978)". National Heritage List for
England . Retrieved 28
* ^ http://www.ealing.gov.uk/services/leisure/tourism/northolt/
* ^ Harnden, Toby. Bandit Country: the IRA and South Armagh, pgs.
* A History of
* History of Northolt