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Harmondsworth Village
Harmondsworth is located in Greater London
 Harmondsworth shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ055775
London borough Hillingdon
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district UB7
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Hayes and Harlington
London Assembly Ealing and Hillingdon
List of places

Coordinates: 51°29′11″N 0°28′47″W / 51.4865°N 0.4796°W / 51.4865; -0.4796

Harmondsworth is a village in the London Borough of Hillingdon, close to London Heathrow Airport. The village is south of West Drayton.

The nearest places are: Hayes, Harlington, Heathrow Airport, Longford, Sipson, West Drayton and Yiewsley.


The Great Barn in Harmondsworth, dating back to the 14th or 15th century

Harmondsworth was mentioned in the Domesday Book, its name coming from the Anglo-Saxon Heremōdes worþ, meaning "Heremōd's enclosure", or Heremundes worþ, meaning "Heremund's enclosure".

Notable features of the village are:

Harmondsworth was originally a parish, with the name first recorded in AD 780 when King Offa granted land to his servant Aeldred.[6]

Probably Harmondsworth's principal claim to notability is that from 1937 the offices and warehouses of Penguin Books were here.[7] Thus, until the 1990s, all Penguin books published in the United Kingdom bore the publication location, "Harmondsworth, Middlesex," rather than London.


Local government[edit]

Harmondsworth civil parish also contained Sipson, Longford, Heathrow and Perry Oaks[8]

United Kingdom government[edit]

There are two UK Border Agency immigration removal centres in Harmondsworth: Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.[11][12]


Waterside, the headquarters of British Airways

British Airways is headquartered in Waterside in Harmondsworth.[13] The building officially opened in 1998.[14] An office of American Airlines is located at the Orient House (HAA3) within Waterside.[15]

Harmondsworth has two pubs: The Crown and the Five Bells.[16]


Harmondsworth Primary School is in Harmondsworth.[17]


The area is served by West Drayton railway station.

Notable buildings[edit]

name type built occupant demolished? use of house or site now
Harmondsworth Great Barn tithe barn early 15th century no
Manor Farm farmhouse early 19th century no farm until early 1970's, then offices

See also[edit]



  1. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22386
  2. ^ English Heritage. "Grade I (202847)". Images of England. 
  3. ^ http://chancelrepairliability.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/is-heathrow-airport-responsible-for.html Is Heathrow Airport responsible for a Chancel?
  4. ^ http://village.vossnet.co.uk/a/awharris/overview.htm
  5. ^ "Medieval Harmondsworth Barn bought by English Heritage". BBC News. 30 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Sherwood 1999, p.15
  7. ^ http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/aboutus/aboutpenguin_companyhistory.html
  8. ^ "Harmondsworth: Introduction". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4: Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. 1971. pp. 1–7. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Harmondsworth CP/AP Middlesex through time – Administrative history of Parish-level Unit: hierarchies, boundaries". A Vision of Britain through Time. * University of Portsmouth & others. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Heathrow Villages ward". London Borough of Hillingdon. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre." UK Border Agency. Retrieved on 13 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre." UK Border Agency. Retrieved on 13 February 2010.
  13. ^ "Contact Information." British Airways. Retrieved on 18 May 2009.
  14. ^ "Our locations." British Airways. Retrieved on 18 September 2009.
  15. ^ "Impressum" (Archive). American Airlines China. Retrieved on April 24, 2014. "American Airlines, Inc. Orient House (HAA3), Po Box 365, Waterside, Harmondsworth, UB7 0GB United Kingdom"
  16. ^ Pub guide[1]
  17. ^ "Harmondsworth Primary School." London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved on 27 June 2010.


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