Local history (Page 5)

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.
Ealing Town Hall in 1959

Ealing Town Hall will close next year for refurbishment and reconfiguration. When it reopens, it will continue as the borough’s...
Lady Byron

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

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

The ‘scorer’ at a cricket club performs an important role, keeping records of all that occurs on the pitch. At...
Maxwell Knight, spymaster

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

The daughter of a First World War fighter-plane pilot accidentally found her father’s RAF war medal on the internet. Lieutenant...
Dr Toufar

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

Horsenden Hill stands tall at the heart of our borough – our largest open space and a part of life,...
Ealing Town Hall

Just over a hundred years ago, Ealing Council employed a pianist for the public baths, wagon drivers and an ‘office...
Montpelier Road area map

Montpelier Road is a quiet, residential street. Just over six decades ago, though, it was the scene of arguably one...
Alexander Goodlet

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

Week 51, the penultimate entry of our serialisation, is dominated by a school play, more concerns about finances and visits...
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