Gunnersbury

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Coordinates: 51°29′34″N 0°16′40″W / 51.4927°N 0.2777°W / 51.4927; -0.2777

Gunnersbury
Gunnersbury is located in Greater London
Gunnersbury
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 Gunnersbury shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ195785
London borough Hounslow
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district W4
Dialling code 020
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Gunnersbury is a place in the London Borough of Hounslow, with its northern edge in the London Borough of Ealing, west London. It has an area of less than half a square kilometre and is within the west area of the Chiswick W4 postal district of London.

Toponymy[edit]

The name "Gunnersbury" means "Manor house of a woman called Gunnhildr", and is from an old Scandinavian personal name + Middle English -bury, manor or manor house.[1]

Development[edit]

Gunnersbury consists mainly of pre-war housing of a variety of types, including flats, terrace, semi detached, and detached houses, some of which are ex-local authority built.

The defining symbol of Gunnersbury is the 18-storey high BSI (British Standards Institution) building on Chiswick High Road. Below this building Gunnersbury station serves the Richmond branch of the District line and the London Overground to Stratford.

In 2001 a former bus garage to the north of the BSI building was converted into Chiswick Park business park. It houses a number of companies including SBS Broadcasting Networks Ltd., Teletext Ltd, CBS News, Technicolor, Discovery Channel Europe, Intelsat, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airlines, Foxtons Estate Agents, and a Virgin Active health club (Virgin Active purchased Esporta at the end of 2011).

Immediately to the east is Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve. An area of woodland, it supports a population of thousands of different species of birds, plants, and other wildlife. It has free admission and its entrance is on the south of Bollo Lane, a few yards from Chiswick Park Tube Station.

Gunnersbury also lends its name to a nearby secondary school, in Brentford. Gunnersbury Catholic School is a boys only Catholic comprehensive. It was originally a Grammar School based on Gunnersbury Avenue and backing onto Gunnersbury Park.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names, A.D.Mills. 2003. ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9. ISBN 0-19-852758-6.