Northolt ParkNortholt Park racecourse was built on from the mid 1950s. St Marys Church and Village Green
Views around and about the Middlesex village
Picture taken in 1907 full name of station Northolt (for West End) Halt wasin use until 1948 when the GWR Push and Pull service from West Ealing was curtailed by the extension of the London Transport’s Central Line to Ruislip.
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The Western Avenue A40 bypassing Northolt Village circa 1940. Note: No traffic, no lane markings, no crash barriers, just a grass verge, footpath and fields!
Old Hostelries Memories of ‘exercising elbows’ by drinking in Northolt pubs of old.
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Around the corner from Northolt Park Chilltern rail station once stood the Swan Pub on Petts Hill.
Between the Swan and the petrolstation stands 2 shops, one used to be the off-licence and the other a wonderful traditional sweet shop which may have been called the Cabin.
The Swan aka Oast House
The original Swan Pub later had an extension built by restaurant chain of an Oast house feature and was renamed accordingly. The Oast House went into decline and the site was eventually redeveloped into a gated community of luxury apartments.
Typical style of family social housing on the Racecourse Estate in the 50s. Note only 3 cars in Kempton Avenue!
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The 14 storey flats, later named Churchill Court, being built on Newmarket Avenue.
With very little traffic as kids we were able to play out in the street. We had a great time building trolleys out of old pram wheels.
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The Northolt Village Memorial Hall. Originally a school, now owned by the War Memorial Hall & Village Greens Trust and scene of many a church, family and public events. Recently fully renovated, the hall has also previously been used for council activities and as a children's nursery.
Northolt Village Green Willow Cottages in a beautiful seasonal garden setting. Now uninhabited and owned by the same Trust as the Memorial Hall, but once reputed to have housed a family of 16. They were built to house workers from a moated manor house, excavations of which are behind St Mary’s church. The Willow Cottages are currently used as storage in connection with maintenance of the garden.
140 Bus adjacent to Northolt Station (Facebook)
School Day Memories and Islip Manor They say that nobody forgets their school years and mine were enjoyable although the best years of my life really started after I left in 1962. My main school was Vincent Secondary Modern School (aka. Northolt High School) off Eastcote Lane.
Having moved to Kempton Avenue in the mid-50s, my first school was Islip Manor Juniors. I don’t remember much about it except it was at the end of a long drive (I think now called Priors Farm Lane) and that those days seemed both long and mostly sunny. Playtimes were filled with fun and games.
Vincent Main Gate (Google Maps)Click image for Link to Vincent School
Miggies (Marbles), Skipping, Five Stones (Jacks), Cigarette Cards,Two Balls (Juggling), Hand Stands, etc.
The grandstands stood in ruins during the first stages of the development of the 'Racecourse Estate'. The ruins were guarded by a night watchman, but it didn’t deter us kids from returning to fish for newts in the flooded basements. Other wildlife in those days included Skylarks and Hedgehogs.Subsequently the main grandstand was re-erected at Brands Hatch.There was a refuse mound left over from military occupation which was known locally as the ‘Black Hill’ and used by children for recreation. Fun was also had making camps in the summer on the undeveloped field or floating ‘boats’ of scaffolding planks in the flooded foundations for the new houses after rainy days.
Local Characters Who Lived in Northolt
Haydock Green Shops (Images: Google Street View)
Lentil ManStanley Green (Link Wikipedia)
The old Scout Hut Eskdale Avenue
Remembering the Cabin sweet shop, Haydock Green, on the way to school in the late 1950s there used to be a lovely old man outside who always wore big black wellingtons. I think as kids we used to call him Bill. He had a dishevelled look with a weathered, stubbled, face with a gurneyesque toothless smile.
Another person was the ‘Lentil Man’, Stanley Green, with his placard message about Protein Wisdom who often frequented South Harrow before he became famous in Oxford Street. He also lived in Haydock Green and commuted to London
I also remember the popular Father Bernard(?)Isley, for several years dedicated Vicar of St Marys Church, Northolt Village. He took pride in his calling and could often be found tending the graveyard cutting the grass. At that time I went to a Church meeting at a house in Eskdale Avenue, not far from Eskdale Community Hall which once stood where the apartments are now to the left of the old Scout Hut (now a pre-school nursery). At the other end of Eskdale Avenue lived an artisan wig-maker.
I do remember being bussed some distance to the swimming baths and a bully pushing me under the water during the lesson then being afraid of water ever since.
I also remember enduring a clinic held in an old manor house within Islip Manor Park, but I can’t fully remember what the visits were for because our family doctor was Dr Foot in Doncaster Drive. Maybe it was for a dentist, polio injections, or such like.
Ealing Baths (Photo: Wakefields)
The present Manor House in Ealing Road is used as Northolt Village Community Centre run by Ealing Council and is home to educational, social and recreational groups. These include the local model railway club (photo on left from 1970s). Events are held including an annual open day with exhibition of railway layouts.
“The White Church on the Hill”. A Timeless scene a short walk from the bussle of Northolt underground station. The grounds and graveyard recovered after the 1987 gales in which mature trees were brought down.
Known for its RAF Base, more recently for Northolt High School starring in BBC’s The Choir in 2006, and the Domesday Book named Northala fields which took spoil from the Wembley Stadium redevelopment, let us take a brief look at it’s heritage …
The Plough pub with a thatched roof just a stones throw from Northolt Green Clock in Mandeville Road. It caught fire circa 2009 and Fullers sold the site for development into flats and retail.