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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.
Auxiliary hospital in Southall during First World War
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Women were debarred from serving in the armed forces in any capacity in the First World War, writes Dr Jonathan...
Plane. First World War
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The invention of the zeppelins and aeroplanes meant that war could be carried on from the air as well as...
Paving slab with image of Victoria Cross
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On 13 August a paving stone will be laid in Spencer Road, Acton W3 commemorating the Victoria Cross awarded to...
Fleeing Belgian refugees 1914
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As we draw closer to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, in November, we will...
Suffragette meeting
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It is often said that 1918 marked a milestone in suffrage, as the year when some British women first had...
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The recent publicity given to a postcard sent in the autumn of 1888 to Ealing Police Station and signed ‘Jack...
A Spitfire fighter plane like those used by the Polish squadron at RAF Northolt
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This April  marks the centenary anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF). During the Second World War,...
Ealing in the 1930s
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Crimes of passion. Love triangles. Hiring hitmen. These are all enduring themes of films and books over the years. But...
First woman councillor in Ealing and in Hanwell, Emily Taylor
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In this year, which marks the centenary of women being allowed to vote for MPs, as well as to stand...
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Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day is marked in the borough in late January, as it is around the world. Last...
Ealing lecturer Mr Bruce and his wife Maude - in 1930s Ealing and Southall
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Following on from our serialisation of an Ealing man’s 1930s diary, Dr Jonathan Oates looks at another local man’s life...
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As plans progress to redevelop the council’s Perceval House site in Uxbridge Road, its staff have been preparing for the...
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