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Local history (Page 3)

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.
Lyons tea shop in Ealing
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Week 42 sees Goodlet lament the state of world affairs as war creeps ever closer: 'What a world. Really, it...
Crowded library in Acton
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Visits to the library (pictured) provide some respite in week 41 from the misery of a bad cold and constant...
Woolworths in Ealing Broadway
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Week 40 begins with a welcome reprieve, with nobody from the Electricity Board coming around to cut off the supply....
Richmond Theatre
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Goodlet ends week 39 by taking in some 'infernal tosh' at the Richmond Theatre (pictured) and facing up to the...
Horn Lane, Acton
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Week 38 is punctuated by several trips to Horn Lane in Acton (pictured) and news of the trial of a...
Tower Bridge with bascules open
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Week 37 of Goodlet's diaries from 80 years ago include a visit to the Tower of London, news of a cross-Atlantic...
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Week 36 sees our diarist Alexander meet some other Goodlets in Hampstead, who had previously lived in Russia for three...
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John Allen Brown is not the most famous name in Ealing’s history but lived in Ealing for most of his...
Globe Cinema
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"The world is just insane and devil ridden." As the war drums beat ever louder, Goodlet fears what is to...
Hanger Hill
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"After dinner took an hour’s stroll over Hanger Hill and was amazed at the busy, brightly lighted community where I...
Winchester Cathedral
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As week 33 unfolds, Goodlet discovers he has (finally) got a job, while still enjoying himself on the south coast....
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For bell ringers, ringing church bells is a great way to serve God, make new friends and enjoy mental and...
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