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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.
VE Day party

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Suburban Steps to Rockland film poster
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Harold Medlicott in Weilburg prison camp with other prisoners
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To the Germans, he was ‘one of the most dangerous characters in the country’; to fellow prisoners he was an...
Brian and Charles Medlicott with Harold's wartime trunk
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A trunk belonging to a local First World War hero, with a story worthy of Hollywood, has been successfully reunited...
Tracing Medlicott's trunk
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A trunk seemingly belonging to a local First World War hero with a remarkable tale has been uncovered in someone’s...
Acton Gardens
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Council housing is celebrating an important milestone. Last July saw the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act, which led to...
The Hermitage is one of 50 buildings in the history book
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A new book takes readers on a tour of the borough through the tales surrounding 50 of its most significant...
Plaque unveiled to Nicky Hopkins
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The wife of a celebrated musician was joined in Perivale by fans and the mayor to unveil a plaque outside...
Black History Month: Visit by footballer to school
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A primary school’s celebration of Black History Month included a visit from a footballer who grew up nearby. Brentford FC...
Hanwell Town Middle Jr Charity Cup Winners 1926
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Hanwell Town Football Club will celebrate its centenary in 2020 and the club historian, Colm Hickey, gives an account of...
Ancient Egyptian statue. Photo by Igor-Konakov (Unsplash)
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Ealing Council's libraries are working in collaboration with Black History Studies to present a series of three talks that are...
Children after evacuation from London in the Second World War
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Concerns about aerial bombing if the Second World War broke out led to plans being drawn up for the evacuation...
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