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Local history (Page 2)

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.
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...
King Edward during a visit to Acton while he was still Prince of Wales
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Week 49 is dominated by what Goodlet calls 'the Royal crisis' as it becomes clear that King Edward (pictured above...
King Edward VII Bridge, Kew
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Goodlet takes a stroll to Kew Bridge (pictured) in week 48 while the march to war speeds up a notch...
Trolleybus in action
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Week 47 of Goodlet's diary is one of contrasts: Admiring the new trolley buses along the Uxbridge Road (pictured) while...
Serial killer John Christie
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John Christie had been killing for years when women’s corpses were finally uncovered at his house in 1953 – hidden...
Alexander Goodlet
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Week 46 sees Armistice Day being commemorated and Goodlet remembers the day itself when the First World War ended and...
Admiralty Arch in central London
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'Things are very difficult at home these days', writes Goodlet in week 45 of the serialisation of his diaries from...
Hanger Lane - Goodlet went to watch the funeral train nearby
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Week 44 rather bizarrely sees Goodlet registering his regret over the abolishing of the cutlass. A haircut, not with a...
Bank in Acton High Street
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Week 43. Cashing a cheque at a bank in Acton (pictured) brought a bit of relief to a week tarnished by financial...
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