History (Page 3)


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.

John Allen Brown is not the most famous name in Ealing’s history but lived in Ealing for most of his...
Globe Cinema

"The world is just insane and devil ridden." As the war drums beat ever louder, Goodlet fears what is to...
Hanger Hill

"After dinner took an hour’s stroll over Hanger Hill and was amazed at the busy, brightly lighted community where I...
Winchester Cathedral

As week 33 unfolds, Goodlet discovers he has (finally) got a job, while still enjoying himself on the south coast....

For bell ringers, ringing church bells is a great way to serve God, make new friends and enjoy mental and...
Train at Acton Main Line station

Week 32 is dominated by an enjoyable sojourn to the south coast, including  numerous walking expeditions and trains. Goodlet does,...
The Cenotaph, London

Week 31 of our serialisation of Alexander Goodlet's Ealing diaries includes the usual mixture of domestic preoccupations and international current...
Acton Station

The Spanish Civil War, dancing with a plethora of women and domestic worries are the flavour of week 30 of...
Royal Pavilion in Brighton

Week 29 sees Goodlet pop down to Brighton himself, before returning home to Ealing and pondering the ever worsening situation...
Brighton seafront parade

This week, week 28, as the summer unfurls, Goodlet's mother heads to Brighton to visit relatives and our diarist turns...
Alexander Goodlet

Our serialisation of Alexander Goodlet's Ealing diaries from 80 years ago reaches the half-year mark. Week 27 includes his own,...
Ealing-Broadway. Lyon's is to the left of Barrett's.

"We had a coffee in Lyons for old times’ sake and strolled back," writes Alexander Goodlet in an unusually jolly mood...
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