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History

From daredevil pilots to royal molecatchers, and from manor houses to once rural villages: Our borough is rich in history - fascinating characters, interesting tales, and 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. Thanks must go to the borough's archivist Dr Jonathan Oates - because most of the Around Ealing items were originally written or researched by him, unless otherwise specified in the article. Watch out for new stories in this section - including a serialisation of a diary from the 1930s.
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...
Montpelier Road area map
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Montpelier Road is a quiet, residential street. Just over six decades ago, though, it was the scene of arguably one...
Alexander Goodlet
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Week 52 - the last part of our year-long serialisation of Goodlet's diaries from 80 years ago, begins with our...
Crowded library in Acton
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Week 51, the penultimate entry of our serialisation, is dominated by a school play, more concerns about finances and visits...
King George during a visit to Perivale
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Week 50 of Goodlet's diaries is swept along by the sensational news of the king's abdication and that his brother George...
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