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Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)


The earliest surviving reference is AD 959 when it is recorded as ''Hanewelle'' in pledge, when Alfwyn (a Anglo-Saxons) pawned his land for money to go on a pilgrimage. The origin of the name is uncertain; various suggestions have been put forward.

Near to the old Rectory and close to Hanwell spring is a large stone of about a ton in weight. In Anglo-Saxon the word ''Han'' denoted a boundary stone. This juxtaposition of these two natural features could have given rise to the name ''Han-well'' which dates back to before the Domesday Book.

The original borders of the parish stretched from the bend of the River Brent at Greenford and followed the river down to the River Thames. Its geography, before the draining of the marshes, formed a natural boundary between the different tribes of the south east of England. This gives some support to the suggestion that ''Han'' came from the Saxon ''han'' for cockerel. If so, the name is derived from ''Han-créd-welle''. ''Han-créd'' or cock-crow meant the border between night and day, and is neither one nor the other. So Hanwell would mean ''well upon the boundary''. ''For more see: River Brent#Hydronymy''.

The only other Hanwell in Britain is a small parish in Oxfordshire on the boundary with Warwickshire.

Short history of the inns and public houses
The Uxbridge Road (then known as the Oxford Road) was Turnpike trust between Uxbridge and Tyburn, London in 1714. The revenue from Toll road enabled an all-weather Metal (pavement) road surface of compacted gravel to be laid down.

This constant movement of people along the road, brought about the establishment of coaching inns along the road as it crossed the River Brent and passed through the parish of Hanwell. In these inns, travellers could stable their horses, place their carts or goods in safe storage and secure board and lodgings for themselves overnight.

The first inn on crossing the River Brent is "The Viaduct" which is on the north side. Named after the Wharncliffe Viaduct, its original name was the "Coach and Horses". At the back of the pub, some of the original stable building can be seen, dating to about 1730. Early in the 20th century, The Viaduct received a new Glazed architectural terra-cotta façade which Nikolaus Pevsner succinctly described as "a jolly tiled Edwardian era pub". Unfortunately, today the profusion of street furniture detracts somewhat from the original impact that these rich mid-browns and mid-cream glazed tiles gave the building.

Next was the "Duke of Wellington" which lay approximately 400 m closer to London on the southern side of the road, roughly opposite the old Hanwell Police Station. However, this had been demolished by the 1920s and was not rebuilt.

Further east still and back across on the north side of the Uxbridge Road at the junction of Hanwell Broadway is the "Duke of York"This became an important staging point for stagecoaches on their way between Oxford and London. Established in the 18th century, it has been subsequently rebuilt in the Tudorbethan architecture.

The next pub occupies the site of what was probably the very first inn to be established on the Oxford Road as it ran through Hanwell; it is known today as the "Kings Arms". It lies on the south side of the road. It was original called the "Spencer Arms"after Edward Spencer, who was Lord of the Manor of Boston during the English Civil War. In the 18th century, the Manor Courts hearings were transferred here from Greenford, then later transferred to the Viaduct Inn.Hanwell: Local government', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962). Date accessed: 24 August 2008. However, the present building dates back to 1930 when it was rebuilt by brewers Mann, Crossman & Paulin in the Arts and Crafts Movement style. Though unexciting on the outside, its interior is still today, a fine example of this type of architecture, and Campaign for Real Ale has placed it in its ''National Inventory of Pub Interiors of Outstanding Historic Interest''. The lower half of the exterior walls is decorated with green faïence with brick-sized faces. These tiles extend to cover the stallriser of the shop to the immediate right. This is because, originally, this shop was built to serve as the Off-licence premises.

Gradually, retail stores and shops started to fill the gaps between these inns to take advantage of the passing trade brought by this important route into and out of the city. During the Victorian era, the village to the north of the Uxbridge Road began to slowly expand to the south of the road. Toward the southern end of Green Lane (the old toll-free drovings route into the city) is "The Fox" public house. The Fox has been named ''West Middlesex Pub of the Year'' in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011.West Middlesex branch of CAMRA. Retrieved 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-23. Built in 1848 it is a largely unspoilt and original mid-Victorian era pub. It has received a 'local listing' from Ealing Council as a building of local interest. It is constructed out of local golden yellow brick with more expensive red bricks used for detailing on corners and chimneys. Rich brown glazed tiles are used for the ground floor exterior walls with coloured stained glass in the fan lights. The upper story has Mock Tudor detailing, including dentils on the two outward-facing gables. Most of the interior is also original, although the dividing walls between bars and off-licence sales have been taken out to create one large bar area. The present day eating area retains its original wooden wall panelling. On the east of the building itself is a very sheltered beer garden, so food and drink can be enjoyed inside or out. The Fox was the meeting place for the local fox hunt until the 1920s. The hunt would set off across Hanwell Heath, much of which still existed at that time. Today however, it is more usual to stand at the bar in the early evening and watch foxes strolling by quite unfazed by the punters supping their pints of real ale at the tables and benches out front.Ealing's New Plan for the Environment, volume 2
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Prepared by the Borough, buildings of architectural or historical interest. Retrieved 2008-08-24.Ealing Borough Council (2007). St Marks and Canal Conservation Area. Management Plan]. Pages: 27 & 33. Retrieved 2008-08-25.


Lying to the west of the River Brent and so actually in the precinct of Norwood Green, the Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum was commonly referred to as the Hanwell Asylum because it was closer to the centre of Hanwell than either Norwood or Southall. The Psychiatric hospital was opened in 1831 to house pauper lunatics. In 1937 it was renamed St Bernard's Hospital by which it is still known today. Built on some of its former grounds to the east is Ealing Hospital NHS Trust. Most of the original asylum still remains, with over half having been turned into flats and the rest remaining as a psychiatric hospital. The most interesting parts are the chapel and an entrance arch, visible from the Uxbridge Road. Within the grounds of Hanwell Asylum, on the west side of the main block, was a small isolation hospital.

The hospital was remarkable as one of its physicians, John Conolly, 1794–1866, was progressive in the treatment of patients and avoided the use of restraints. A memorial garden dedicated to him is at the junction of Station Road with Connolly Road. The hospital did have a museum housed in its chapel, but this collection has now been broken up and relocated. It included many items ranging from patient registers, reports and a large assortment of medical equipment, including a padded cell, consisting of a wooden framework with padded door, walls and floor, but no ceiling.

Within the boundary of Hanwell proper, there were three more asylums. These were all private. The first one recorded, was "Popes House", which admitted its first patient (it is thought) in 1804.

Later, "Elm Grove House" in Church Road was turned into an asylum by Susan Wood. Her husband was the brother of Mrs Ellis, the wife of William Ellis, the first superintendent of Hanwell Asylum.Roberts, Andrew (1981). The Lunacy Commission] Middlesex University web, London. Retrieved 2008-09-11. The East India Company took over Elm Grove in 1870 and renamed it the "Royal India Asylum". It closed in 1892.A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982) Ealing and Brentford: Public services] Pages 147-149. Accessed: 11 September 2008.

Another local asylum was "Lawn House", the home and privately run asylum of Dr John Conolly, which he opened after retiring as superintendent of Hanwell Asylum. After his death in 1866, it was taken over by his son-in-law Henry Maudsley who ran it until 1874.

Down Green Lane and on the west side was the old "Hanwell Cottage Hospital", which was named "The Queen Victoria and War Memorial Hospital". This was built in 1900 and paid for by public subscription and run on voluntary contributions until the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. In 1979 it was replaced by "Ealing District General Hospital", on the other side of the River Brent. The southern Portland stone and brick pier of the cottage hospital's entrance, bearing the inscription HANWELL was preserved as a permanent reminder of Hanwell's first hospital. The two original Edwardian street lamps outside the entrance were also preserved, but then mysteriously disappeared, causing enquiries to be made. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

Places of interest and recreation

The local parish church

St. Mary's Church, Hanwell is the original ''ancient parish'' church. The present church structure was built in 1841. As such, it stands as one of George Gilbert Scott's very early churches, executed in the style of Gothic Revival, and consists of masoned white limestone and gault brickwork, with flint-rubble and mortar panels. Scott himself later condemned his work of this period as "a mass of horrors". However, the famous painter William Frederick Yeames, who at one time was its churchwarden, is thought to have done the wall paintings in the chancel.'Hanwell: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 230-33. Date accessed: 25 July 2007.

Perhaps the most famous Rector (ecclesiastical) was George Glasse; he has a memorial place in his memory in St. Mary's Churchyard (Grade II). Still surviving is the home he had built for him nearby in 1809. It is executed in the style of cottage orné and named The Hermitage (Hanwell) (Grade II). Nikolaus Pevsner described it thus: "a peach of an Gothic Revival architecture thatched cottage with two pointed windows, a quatrefoil, and an ogee arched door, all on a minute scale. Inside, an octagonal hall and reception room".Pevsner N B L (1991). The buildings of England, London 3: North-West. ISBN 0-300-09652-6

In latter years another well-known rector was Fred Secombe (brother of Harry Secombe). Since leaving and moving back to Wales, he has become a prolific author.
[[Image:The Hermatage -Hanwell W7.JPG|thumb|The Hermitage (Hanwell) built 1809 (Grade II) |right]]

No archaeological evidence has been found so far, to show that any church existed here earlier than shown in written records. However, due to its commanding Topography position, which enables the distinctive broach spire to be seen from many miles away, it has been suggested that this may have been a Paganism place of worship long before Christianity reached this part of the world. There is however, no evidence to support this theory. An early supporter of this hypothesis was Sir Montagu Sharpe KC DL, a local historian and a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London.Sharpe, Montagu (1926). Some accounts of bygone Hanwell. page 24. Brentford Printing and Publishing Coy., Ltd. London. UK. (In nearby Northolt, the parish church, which is also on high ground, has had much evidence found around it of past occupation by the beaker people.)

St Thomas the Apostle
St Thomas's is a Grade 2* listed building. Edward Maufe won the competition for Guildford Cathedral in 1932. His reputation as a church architect had hitherto rested on restoration work at AIl Saints, Southampton and St Martin's in the Fields; and on two churches for the Royal Association for the Deaf at East Acton and Clapham, and - most notable - a well respected 'Clubland' Methodist chapel in Walworth which was bombed in the war.

Work on Guildford Cathedral did not begin until 1936. In the meantime Maufe designed St Thomas's, for which the foundation stone was laid in July 1933. Completed in 1934, the materials used were an experiment with the form of construction proposed for Guildford. They were the load-bearing silver grey Tondu brick from South Wales and particularly the reinforced concrete vault Iined with acoustic plaster. Many of the interior details are also similar to Guildford Cathedral: most notably the tall lancets and narrow aisle passages with the acutely pointed arches, but also the style of some of the fittings and the employment of Eric Gill as one of the sculptors.


The large Calvary that arrests attention from the road is by Eric Gill, its cross forming the tracery of the East Window. This was carved 'in situ' from a single Weldon stone block. The carving over the north door is the work of Vernon Hill, depicting a dove with the girdle of Our Lady that was sent to St Thomas. To the left of the door, almost at ground level, the seal of Edward Maufe can be seen.

The wave pattern to the brass kicking plates on the doors represents the sea. Inside the north porch is a carving of St Matthew by John Skelton (nephew of Eric Gill).

The carving over the west door is also by Vernon Hill and represents two birds pecking from the same bunch of grapes symbolic of all Christians sharing the one cup at Communion.

Edward Maufe's 'finest church'

In her listing report to English Heritage Elain Harwood described St Thomas' as Maufe's 'finest church'. She writes:

'Inside the feeling is of a great church exquisitely miniaturised. Indeed, it has frequently been said that Maufe's distinctive and austere style was better suited to the small scale than to a cathedral. Moreover, St Thomas's substantiates Pevsner's admission that Maufe was "a man with genuine spatial gifts". The initial impression is of a nave and chancel of equal height given semblance of religious presence by narrow passage aisles cut into the thick piers of the vault, Alibi style. The east end is more complicated, however, One becomes aware of a cross axis along the front of the chancel, and another in front of the sanctuary itself On the south side there are vestries and a kitchen: on the north side another door, a Morning Chapel, now called the Lady Chapel, and between them a little Children's Corner or chapel set within the thick walls of the tower. There is a small space behind the sanctuary, reached through the arches.'

Font and Nave

At the west end of the church is the font, which was also carved by Vernon Hill in Weldon stone. It depicts a fish and anchor and the ICQUS cypher which are all signs for Christ. The stained glass behind the font, depicting 'Christ and the children', is by Moira Forsyth. The War Memorial came from the 'tin church', which used to stand where the Parish Hall now stands.

In the Nave, the light fittings are plated with silver and bear the arms of the twelve apostles. The original foot-long candle bulbs are now unobtainable and have been replaced with a modern energy saving equivalent.

The flooring is linoleum and was originally buff in colour and marked out with blue lines. The sign of St. Thomas the Apostle - a builder's square and three spears - can be seen on the churchwardens' staves and various other places in the church. The square indicates that Thomas was a builder and that spears were the instruments of his martyrdom.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is dominated by the reredos that came from St Thomas's Portman Square. It was made to the design of Cecil Hare, Bodley's last partner and successor to his practice. The three manual organ also came from St Thomas', Portman Square and was reconditioned and electrified by Walker and Sons Ltd.

St Mellitus Church

Until the early years of the 20th century all of Hanwell had been one parish, St Mary's. The inadequacy of one church to serve a growing population is indicated by the rebuilding of St Mary's church in 1842 to cater for the increased number of church goers and then by the building in 1877 of St Mark's as an additional church serving the south of the parish. By the turn of the century this was no longer sufficient and it was decided to create an additional parish, St Mellitus, the first in the Anglican Communion to bear that name.

The church building is an imposing Gothic style building of the Edwardian period situated on a busy cross roads in the heart of Hanwell. It was designed by the office of Sir Arthur Blomfield in 1909, built by Messrs J Dorey & Co of Brentford and consecrated by the Bishop of London, Rt Rev Arthur Winnington-Ingram in March 1910. It is a landmark building with a distinctive gable end housing three recently restored bells.

The parish was formed in 1908 and lay between the railway and Elthorne Park, thus including St Mark's as a chapel of ease. While St Mark's would continue in this fashion as a subsidiary church for the parish, it was clear that a new, bigger parish church was needed and so Sir Arthur Blomfield was commissioned to design it. With a capacity of 800 people it was designated St Mellitus, the name probably derived from the legend, propagated by Sir Montagu Sharpe, the Middlesex historian, that Mellitus, Bishop of the East Saxons, was instrumental in the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons of Hanwell. Funds for the new church were raised from the sale of Holy Trinity Gough Square in the city of London.

In 1980, with the retirement of the then vicar of St Mark's, the two parishes were merged, now known as St Mellitus with St Mark's.

The Wharncliffe Viaduct
Brunel's first major structural design and the first contract to be let on his Great Western Railway. The viaduct carries trains across the Brent valley at an elevation of .

Constructed of brick, the long bridge has 8 arches, each spanning and rising . The supporting piers are hollow and tapered, rising to projecting stone cornices that held up the arch centring during construction.

Originally, the piers were wide at ground level and at deck level. The deck was designed to accommodate two tracks of Brunel's broad gauge railway.

However, an Railway Regulation (Gauge) Act 1846 was passed in 1846 that made Stephenson's narrower gauge standard across the country and so the viaduct was widened in 1847 by the addition of an extra row of piers and arches on the north side. The new width is .

The viaduct is still used today for trains running from Paddington to Bristol. Lord Wharncliffes coat of arms can been seen on the central pier on the south side. He was chairman of the Great Western Railway.

Hanwell Flight of Locks

The Hanwell flight of six locks raises the Grand Union Canal by just over and has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage.Ealing Borough Council (2007). St Marks and Canal Conservation Area. Management Plan]. Pages 19 Accessed 2010-10-09. At the top of the flight of locks towards Norwood Green is the Three Bridges designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is still often referred to on maps by the original canal crossing name of Windmill Bridge and is very close to the spot where the eponymous windmill once stood; attracting the attention of a local Brentford artist named J.M.W. Turner. However, there was also a windmill on the grounds where the Hanwell asylum once stood and the original name was Watermill Lane. So the true origine of the name appears to originate with the watermill that stood near to the club house of the local golf club house. This canal and flight of locks are actually within the boundary of Southall but are named after the local village of Hanwell, which is much closer than either of the villages of Norwood or Southall.

The Central London District School/Hanwell Community Centre

The Central London District School at Hanwell was built between 1856 and 1861 by a group of central London poor law unions to house and educate pauper children away from the workhouse; the original site at Norwood having proved to be too small and unsuitable for extension. By far its most famous resident was Charlie Chaplin who was at the school from June 1896 until January 1898.

The school was closed in 1933 but parts of it remain standing, and it is in use as the Hanwell Community Centre. The Community Centre was used as a location in the film Billy Elliot. It has been declared a Grade II listed building by English HeritageEnglish Heritage entry for accessed: September 2, 2006 but its future is uncertain.

Brent Lodge Park and Animal Centre

This park was acquired by Municipal Borough of Ealing as a recreation ground in 1931 from Sir

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Cemetery, Hanwell is an extramural Victorian cemetery run by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Cemetery Services] It is situated on the north side of the Uxbridge Road on the former common land of East Field. On the grounds stands a disused chapel. The chapel, gatehouse and entrance arch were designed by Thomas Allom and executed in Rag-stone. There are many Victorian era and Edwardian era here.

=Ancient Saxon burials=
Middlesex as a whole, has a dearth of early Saxon archaeology. However, the nearby place names of Ealing, Yeading and London Borough of Harrow are of the early Saxon period, even though there are no surviving records of their presence in the Brent valley and its tributaries at this time.

In 1886 whilst excavating gravel on Hanwell Common, seven Saxon graves were discovered. They were found approximately where the Oakland School stands today. Of these burials, it is thought that at least three were men with iron spears. Gold-plated copper alloy brooches were also found.Museum of London. Gold and copper alloy brooches with 'Star of David' design: 6th century]. Retrieved 2010-11-10. They have been dated to between the 5th and the mid 6th century and attest to the age of this Saxon settlement in Hanwell.
An archaeological watching brief at 75b Studley Grange Road, London Borough of Ealing (2005-05-09) Retrieved 2010-11-10.


Schools in Hanwell include
Brentside High School,
Drayton Manor High School (which later adopted as its own the motto the Hanwell Council's motto of ''nec aspera terrent''),
Elthorne Park High School,
Hobbayne Primary School,
Mayfield Primary School,
Oaklands Primary School,
St Josephs RC Primary School,
St Mark's Primary School]. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

The Hanwell Carnival

The Hanwell Carnival was established in 1898. Held on the third Saturday of each June, it was founded to raise funds for the Cottage Hospital (now Ealing Hospital NHS Trust). It foundered during World War II but was then resurrected in 1961 with the help of circus showman Billy Smart, Jr.

Now a popular annual event, it has grown to become the second-largest carnival in London after Notting Hill Carnival. It starts with a procession of decorated floats which travel from Hanwell Community Centre to Elthorne Park, where a show arena hosts various events which often includes dance and demonstrations put on by local groups. Local charities and organisations have stalls and a real beer tent. For further entertainment, a stage hosts live musicians and bands. On the west side of the park are children's rides. Proving very popular also is the well-attended dog show. The craft fair offers an assortment of artisan-created items. For teenagers, there is a funfair.

Beating the bounds
Also, to remind all those who do dwell in these parts, where the Parish of Hanwell's boundaries lay, they invite all-comers to go beating the bounds with them. This ancient ceremony is performed on the May Bank Holiday. As a bonus, it starts and finishes at a pub.Hanwell Carnival. Retrieved 2020-06-04. Directions and historical notes] for Beating the Bounds of Hanwell. Retrieved 20-06-04.

Annual Easter beer festival
A small beer festival is held each Easter weekend down at the far end of Green Lane at which features about two-dozen cask beers from chosen around the country.Ealing Gazette (Apr 8 2010). Rescued pub wins prestigious Camra award] Accessed 2011-03-31

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Sport, leisure and media

Hanwell is represented by Non-League football club Hanwell Town F.C., which plays at the Reynolds Field, in Perivale, and by rugby team Hanwell RFC (Middlesex Mertit Table Division 6), which plays at Boston Manor Playing Field.

A community radio station, Westside 89.6FM serves the local area from studios based at Clocktower Mews. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

Notable Hanwell residents past and present

* Anna Brownell Jameson writer and feminist.
* Al Bowlly, singer, is buried with other WW2 bombing victims in a mass grave in the City of Westminster Cemetery, Uxbridge Road, Hanwell.
* Brian Whelan, painter, author and film maker lived in two locations in Hanwell while growing up.
[[image:broadway by brian whelan.jpg|thumb|''Broadway'' by Brian Whelan]]
* Charlie Chaplin, actor, was boarded at and attended the Central London District School (Cuckoo Schools), Hanwell, from June 1896 until January 1898.
* Daniel Hack Tuke: Distinguished mental doctor and related to the line of Tuke's which founded the The Retreat.
* Deep Purple rock band, rehearsed for their 1970 album In Rock (Deep Purple album) in the Hanwell Community Centre. Promotional photographs for the album were taken in the grounds.Deep Purple Appreciation Society September 8, 2006
* Derwent Coleridge distinguished scholar, author was rector at Hanwell.
* Edward Augustus Bond (1815–1898) was born in Hanwell. He was a librarian and palaeographer who co-founded the Palaeographical Society.
* John Conolly, superintendent at the Hanwell Asylum 1839-1844. He then ran a private asylum at Lawn House, Hanwell.
* Freddie Frinton, comedian, is buried in Westminster Cemetery.
* Fred Secombe (born 1918), one-time vicar of St. Marys church, Hanwell. Born in Swansea, he is the elder brother of the late Sir Harry Secombe. Since retiring he has become an author of seven books, in a style which has had him referred to as 'the ecclesiastical James Herriott.'
*Jason Kay of pop band Jamiroquai is also a former resident. He attended Drayton Manor School.
*Jimi Hendrix owned a house in Hanwell, but never lived in it.
* Jim Marshall (businessman) had a small shop in Hanwell where he started manufacturing and selling his Marshall Amplification. In an interview for Musicians Hotline, Jim Marshall said "So many players came to my Hanwell shop, it was almost like a rock and roll labor exchange because a lot of groups were formed there".Musicians Hotline interview with Jim Marshall] accessed: September 30, 2006
* Jonas Hanway, writer, philanthropist and the first man to carry an umbrella in London is buried in the crypt of St Mary's Church.
* Henry Corby, businessman and politician, born in 1806 at Hanwell, died 25 October 1881 at Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
* Henry Maudsley (1835–1918) was a pioneering English psychiatrist. From 1866 to 1874 he ran John Conolly's private asylum at Lawn House, Hanwell.
* Henry Scott Tuke, Royal Academy: son of Daniel, he became a famous painter. They both lived at Golden Manor.
* Peter Crouch, footballer, is a former pupil of Drayton Manor High School.
* Steve McQueen (artist), artist and film director, is a former pupil of Drayton Manor High School.
* Sally Rose, Engineer
* Philip Jackson (actor), actor.
* Philip "Swill" Odgers, vocalist and acoustic guitarist with British folk punk group The Men They Couldn't Hang (TMTCH) is a long time Hanwell resident.
* Rick Wakeman, keyboardist for the band, Yes (band). Although Wakeman never lived in Hanwell, he attended Drayton Manor High School, on Drayton Bridge Road, leaving in 1966.
*Sir Montagu Sharpe: Lived at Brent Lodge.A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: ''Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington'' (1962). p 225-26. Date accessed: 1 June 2007. An historian and one time president of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society. On local history he wrote the books: ''Bygone Hanwell; The Great Ford of the lower Thames; Middlesex in Roman and Saxon Times'' and ''Middlesex in the Domesday Book''.
* Steve Benbow (29 November 1931 – 17 November 2006) was a British Folk music guitar player, singer and music director.
* The Brand New Heavies, Acid Jazz band, went to Drayton Manor High School.
* The Magic Numbers, indie-pop band.
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* The Who rock band rehearsed in Hanwell Community Centre prior to their 1969 US Tour.
* William Frederick Yeames Royal Academy: Famous for having painted ''And When Did You Last See Your Father?'', the artist lived at 8, Campbell Road, where there is a blue plaque to commemorate the fact. He was also a one-time churchwarden of St Mary's church.A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: ''Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington'' (1962). p 230-33. Date accessed: 1 June 2007.
* ''Ulmus × viminalis'', a variety of elm tree, was first described from a specimen growing in Hanwell (in 1677).

Declan Donnellan the theatre director and founder of Cheek by Jowl lived in Cowper Road. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

In popular culture


Hanwell has been the filming location for a number of films and television programmes:

* ''There for Me (film)'', British feature film: From 7th-14 July 2007 the ''Hanwell's First Choice Cafe'' on the corner of Hanwell Broadway was converted into the ''Broadway Café'' for this film. It stars Paul Bettany (born nearby, in Harlesden) and was written by his close friend Dan Fredenburgh, together with Doraly Rosen; Dan and Doraly play the lead roles. Other cast members are Olivia Williams and Rita Tushingham. It is about two people who find they have to make tough and emotionally difficult choices about their lives.Alex Hayes (2007-07-12). Film Stars Come to Hanwell. Ealing Times

*''Bridget Jones's Diary (film)'' (2001): Used Hanwell Cemetery as one of its many London locations. filmlondon.org''

*''Staggered'' (1994): Starred Martin Clunes as a man late for his own wedding. St Mary's was used for most of the church shots.

*''Shine on Harvey Moon'' (1993) for ITV television: This was a period drama series set in the 1940s. The funeral sequences were also filmed at St Mary's.

*''Peep Show (TV series)'': The Dolphin pub (series three, episode four, now the Inn on the Green) and the exterior and interior of St Mary's church for Sophie and Mark Corrigan (Peep Show) wedding (series four, episode six).

Hanwell Community Centre was used for filming the film, Billy Elliot(2000).

*''Extras (TV series)'': The Dolphin pub (now the Inn on the Green). Internal shots twice during episode starring David Bowie (Unfortunately David was not in these shots!)

*''Brush Strokes'': Filming in St Margarets Road and surrounding streets.

*''Carry On Constable'' (1960): Used many locations around Ealing, with Hanwell Library serving for the exterior shots of their Police Station. St. Mary's was also used for exterior shots.

*''Carry On Teacher'' (1959): The Maudlin Street School exterior scenes were shot at Drayton School, Drayton Grove, West Ealing. ''thewhippitinn.com''

In literature
"So, setting about it as methodically as men might smoke out a wasps' nest, the Martians spread this strange stifling vapour over the Londonward country. The horns of the crescent slowly moved apart, until at last they formed a line from Hanwell to Coombe and Malden." from ''The War of the Worlds'' by H. G. Wells (1898).H. G. Wells (1898). The War of the Worlds

'"And I remember that as I lifted my head to listen, my eye caught an omnibus on which was written "Hanwell".... "Believing utterly in one's self is a hysterical and superstitious belief like believing in Joanna Southcote: the man who has it has 'Hanwell' written on his face as plain as it is written on that omnibus." from ''Orthodoxy (book)'' by G. K. Chesterton (1908).

THE FLOWER GIRL [still preoccupied with her wounded feelings] He's no right to take away my character. My character is the same to me as any lady's.
THE NOTE TAKER. I don't know whether you've noticed it; but the rain stopped about two minutes ago.
THE BYSTANDER. So it has. Why didn't you say so before? and us losing our time listening to your silliness. [He walks off towards the Strand].
THE SARCASTIC BYSTANDER. I can tell where you come from. You come from Anwell. Go back there.
THE NOTE TAKER [helpfully] Hanwell.
THE SARCASTIC BYSTANDER [affecting great distinction of speech] Thenk you, teacher. Haw haw! So long [he touches his hat with mock respect and strolls off].
Pygmalion (play), George Bernard Shaw, 1912 Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

Political representation

Hanwell is divided between two Parliament of the United Kingdomary constituency: Ealing North (UK Parliament constituency) (which covers Hanwell north of the railway line to Paddington), represented since 1997 by Labour Party (UK) Member of Parliament Stephen Pound, and Ealing Southall (UK Parliament constituency) (south of the railway line), represented since 2007 by Labour Party (UK) Member of Parliament Virendra Sharma.

Hanwell is made up of two electoral wards for Local government in the United Kingdom elections: Hobbayne and Elthorne (ward), which both elect councillors to London Borough of Ealing.

Hanwell is in the London Assembly constituency of Ealing and Hillingdon which has one assembly member: Richard Barnes (British politician) (Conservative), was re-elected in May 2008 but lost his seat to Dr Onkar Sahota (Labour) in May 2012. It is also part of the London region for the European Parliament elections. The London region elects eight MPs to the European Parliament. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)


Trams, trolleybuses and motor buses

In 1901 the first electric trams began to run along the Uxbridge Road, causing the population of the village to expand faster than with the arrival of the trains half a century before. First however, the tram company had to strengthen Hanwell Bridge, as well as widen it on its north side. A balustrade, which survives to this day, lines each side. Another stipulation placed upon the company was that the standards to support the catenary also had to be able to double as street lampposts. The cars cost each yet the ordinary fare from Shepherd's Bush to Uxbridge was only 8d. As the trams system utilised a single live overhead conductor only for each direction, this meant the residents of Hanwell not only had to put up with the general whine and mechanical clatter of the trams themselves but also their cast-iron shoes scraping along the running rails to provide a current return path. Should a stone get trapped between shoe and rail (and they often did) it would cause an ear-penetrating screech thus creating more annoyance.
A route from Brentford to Hanwell was introduced on 26 May 1906.Meads R J (1983). Southall 830 – 1982, page 32. ISBN 0-86303-112-9.

A tram depot (later converted into a trolleybus depot and then into a bus garage) was located on the Uxbridge Road. It was closed down in 1993 and the land has been converted into a retail park.

Routemaster buses were built at the Associated Equipment Company factory in Windmill Lane and much of the fuel injection equipment and electrical systems were manufactured by Lucas CAV#CAV who had a factory in Acton Vale, London.Meads R J (1983). Southall 830 – 1982, page 54. ISBN 0-86303-112-9. The large Routemaster tyres were moulded and cured, just to the south on the Great West Road in Brentford by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company whose Firestone tyre factory (London) was opened there in 1928.A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), Heston and Isleworth: Economic and social history], pages 114-119. Retrieved 2008-08-27.

Trolley buses were introduced in 1936 and ran until the early 1960s., A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982),. Ealing and Brentford: Communications] pages 101-105. Retrieved 2008-08-27.

Plans to reintroduce trams in the form of the West London Tram scheme were suggested, but then abandoned by Transport for London in 2007 in the face of local opposition.

Transport for London: Bus services to and from Hanwell]. Accessed 2007-06-05

Nearest tube stations
* Boston Manor tube station (Piccadilly line)
* Ealing Broadway tube station (Central line, District Line)
* Perivale tube station (Central line)

Nearest railway stations
*Hanwell railway station, built c. 1875–77, has been declared a Grade II listed building by English Heritage, but the buildings are now in "a dilapidated condition".English Heritage entry for Hanwell Station] accessed: September 2, 2006 It is served by the twice-hourly Heathrow Connect London Paddington station to London Heathrow Airport service from Monday-Saturday.
*The Crossrail train scheme is planned to include a stop at Hanwell railway station, with twice-hourly trains.
*Castle Bar Park railway station and Drayton Green railway station railway stations also serve the town with twice-hourly trains from Monday-Saturday. Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

Nearest places

Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)


Hanwell is a town situated in the London Borough of Ealing in west London, between Ealing and Southall. The motto of the Hanwell Urban District Council was Nec Aspera Terrent (“Difficulties be Damned”)

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