The History of Ealing in London

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Ealing History

Historic Ealing

Ealing through time and history
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For fine examples of 19th C gardens visit Walpole Park and Pizhanger Manor House, a grade I listed building. A rural village historically, Ealing was previously in the county of Middlesex, in 1965 it became part of Greater London. The main occupation of the area historically was farming, it also became a place for the men making deliveries to the city to rest with their horses, with Uxbridge Road housing a large number of Inns. During the 19th C there was a change in the residents who occupied Ealing and it began to attract many affluent types, from the mid 19th C it became known as the ‘Queen of Suburbs.’

History of Ealing

The first settlement in Ealing is recorded in the 12th C, but archaeological evidence suggests it may have been home to civilisation 7,000 years before, after the discovery of Iron Age pots on Horsenden Hill. The Church of St Mary founded what became known as the best private school in England in 1698, but the ‘Great Ealing School’ subsequently closed in 1908. During the Victorian era when the school was active in the 19th C Ealing became a town.

Modern Day Ealing

Now well known for its film studios, Ealing is home to the oldest film studios in the world. Predominately the job market is no longer farming like the areas ancestry, but rather retail and office workers. There are current proposals for development in the town centre, with the Arcadia site earmarked, and Dickens Yard’s development currently underway.