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Local history

Local history

We have a rich local history: From daredevil pilots to royal molecatchers, and from manor houses to once rural villages. Our borough has had more than its fair share of fascinating characters, interesting tales, and also has towns recorded in the Domesday book. Curious about the area's past and its role in various national or international events? Then read on. We have collated years of history articles for you from Around Ealing magazine and included others that have appeared online more recently, which will be added to regularly as we go along, including a serialisation of a diary from the 1930s. Thanks must go to the borough's archivist Dr Jonathan Oates - because many of the stories are written or researched by him - and to the local history section of Ealing Central Library.
Mary Waddington's school
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In the spring of 1901 a Yorkshire solicitor by the name of Mr Chambers was tasked with finding a suitable...
The Who at the Ealing Club, 1960s
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A new movie is being premiered in November that tells the tale of how 1960s Ealing earned the label ‘the...
Balcon in 1952 presents an Oscar to screenplay writer Mr T.E.B Clarke for the best film story of that year, The Lavender Hill Mob
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of the man who was the head of production at Ealing...
Ealing Town Hall in 1959
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Ealing Town Hall will close next year for refurbishment and reconfiguration. When it reopens, it will continue as the borough’s...
Lady Byron
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This is a tale involving a world-famous poet; his wife, a Victorian social campaigner and school benefactor; and their talented...
St Dunstan's Church, Acton, in 1900
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Ghosts and the supernatural will rear their heads next month, in October, with Hallowe’en everywhere you look. St Dunstan’s church...
Ivor Chaplin, the long-serving scorer at Brentham Cricket Club
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The ‘scorer’ at a cricket club performs an important role, keeping records of all that occurs on the pitch. At...
Maxwell Knight, spymaster
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Maxwell Knight was a paradox, writes Henry Hemming. A jazz obsessive and nature enthusiast (he is the author of the...
Lieutenant Harold Auerbach's First World War Medal
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The daughter of a First World War fighter-plane pilot accidentally found her father’s RAF war medal on the internet. Lieutenant...
Dr Toufar
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From 1949-1969 Dr FA Toufar was employed as reference librarian at Ealing Central Library, then located in Pitzhanger Manor House,...
Horsenden Hill: A hybrid-historical map with historical detail overlaid on a modern map. Copyright of Nick Horgan 2016
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Horsenden Hill stands tall at the heart of our borough – our largest open space and a part of life,...
Ealing Town Hall
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Just over a hundred years ago, Ealing Council employed a pianist for the public baths, wagon drivers and an ‘office...
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