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Hanwell & Southall Through Time (Paperback) (Paul Howard Lang)

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The old adjoining Middlesex parishes of Hanwell and Southall both have surprisingly interesting historical associations. Both parishes are linked by the Uxbridge Road, formally the Oxford Road, which connected to London. Hanwell and Southall were both basically reliant on agriculture right up to the end of the Victorian period. It was during the Edwardian era, and particularly after the First World War that Southall began to change to an industrial district; greatly facilitated by the good transport links such as the canal and railway networks that ran through this area. Hanwell never industrialized to the same extent as Southall, and remains far more suburban in character to this day. Hanwell is famously linked in the popular imagination with Charlie Chaplin, as he went to school at the Central London District School. Contrasting images of the school as it was, with how it now appears will be shown in this book. Southall has the distinction of having the oldest manor house in the London Borough of Ealing, dating from the sixteenth century, which has recently been restored. The Middlesex County Asylum, dating to 1831, was also in the Southall parish (of Norwood). The building still remains and is currently undergoing restoration. The importance of the railways and the local connection with Isambard Kingdom Brunel will be dealt with, as well as the importance of the Grand Junction Canal in speeding the growth of industry in the Southall area. Hanwell amalgamated with Ealing in 1926 and Southall in 1965, but they still retain their own identities in the present day, as they did a hundred years ago.

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