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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.
Boats at Moonlight, painting by Harold Auerbach
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The daughter of a First World War fighter-plane pilot has been able to return a painting of his to the...
Census 2021
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This year will see a once-in-a-decade event, as the national census comes to your door. The questions it will ask...
David Bowie performing - photo by Roger Woolman, via Wikimedia Commons
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This month (10 January) will see the fifth anniversary of the death of David Bowie. He would have been 74...
Wally Bird - recovered stolen item of Martinware
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Many of you will know that the Dominion Centre in Southall houses an exhibition on the famous Martinware pottery and...
Jamaican men in London 1950s
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October is national Black History Month. The borough has a proud tradition of diversity and people from many backgrounds have...
Flu pandemic 1918 - patient in a Spanish flu ward in hospital
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The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 had a global impact and our district was not unaffected, writes borough archivist Dr Jonathan...
Pitzhanger Manor exterior
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Following its temporary closure because of COVID-19, Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery is reopening on Thursday (10 September), with a new...
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VJ Day 75 takes place on Saturday (15 August) and commemorates the end of the Second World War. In May,...
Charity of William Hobbayne volunteer during coronavirus emergency
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A local 500-year-old charity has been playing a crucial role in helping the most vulnerable people in Hanwell during the...
VE Day party

This year, the early May bank holiday has been moved to a Friday (8 May) instead of a Monday to...
Suburban Steps to Rockland film poster
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In the fourth of our series of stuff to do at home during the lockdown, we have three copies of...
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...
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