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In terms of historic Hounslow, Gunnersby Park Estate and Boston Manor House are reflective of Hounslow’s past and open to the public. Boston Manor House nearby is a Jacobean style house that was built in 1623, it was originally built for a young widow, the house was then extended in 1670 and became council property in 1924, after being the home of the Clitherow family for several generations.
Hounslow Heath has military significance and both James II and Oliver Cromwell used it as a military camp, Hounslow Heath is now a local nature reserve, currently it spans 200 acres but at one point it was 4,000 acres in size. There are references to Roman camps set on the Heath and evidence of occupation as far back as the Norman period.
History of Hounslow
A resting place for many travelling into central London, founded in 1211 the town has gradually seen an increase in size, its population diversifying throughout the ages.
Hounslow was originally focused around the Holy Trinity Priory, the priory was instrumental in developing Hounslow from a small village into a town, and there were often markets here for those travelling to Central London on their way through.
The Railway from London to Bristol in 1838 increased the speed of travel through Hounslow; and in 1850 there was the construction of the Hounslow Loop line, resulting in more development in the area.
Modern Day Hounslow
Hounslow Heath was the site of the first civil airport in Britain. Hounslow is now home to Hounslow Urban Farm, which is amongst London’s largest community farms, covering 29 acres of land. Hounslow is an economic hub these days, with a substantial shopping centre, with a myriad of cafes, small businesses and restaurants and diverse culture.