Ivybridge (Isleworth)

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Ivybridge, formerly Mogden, is a locality in the southern part of Isleworth in west London. Formerly agricultural, it was the site of Mogden Isolation Hospital, later South Middlesex Hospital, from 1897 to 1991, and since 1936 has been the location of Mogden Sewage Treatment Works. It has the highest level of poverty in Isleworth.

The area is usually now called Ivybridge rather than Mogden. The Ivybridge estate is a council development with four tower blocks, with one of the highest levels of poverty in the Borough of Hounslow; many refugees have been placed there.[1][2]

History[edit]

The area was formerly agricultural. In the early 19th century, Michael Keens developed two commercially important varieties of strawberry, Keens' Imperial and Keens' Seedling, on Worton Lane.[3] In the 1890s, George Tebbutt was growing prize-winning damsons and lilies at Mogden House.[4][5] The 18th-century house survives in Bankside Close.[6]

River[edit]

The Duke of Northumberland's River flows through Ivybridge and was diverted to provide coolant for the sewage treatment plant. It is aboveground except for a small section near the main works buildings. The public footpath alongside it forms part of the Crane Walk.[2]

Hospital[edit]

Mogden Isolation Hospital opened in July 1891 as a hospital for infectious diseases. In 1939 it became South Middlesex EMS Hospital and in 1948, under the National Health Service, South Middlesex Hospital. During the Second World War it served many gynaecological surgery patients; from 1955 it housed the regional eye unit; by 1983 it was primarily a psychogeriatric facility. It closed in 1991. The site was sold and is now occupied by housing, a supermarket and a filling station.[7][8][9]

Sewage works[edit]

Mogden Sewage Treatment Works was built in 1931–36 on the site of Mogden Farm, and treats sewage from much of north and west London. It has been expanded and upgraded several times and now covers 55 hectares (140 acres). Complaints about odours from the works led the Borough of Hounslow to serve an odour abatement notice on the operator, Thames Water, in 2001,[10] and in 2011 a group of residents of the area won damages in court for contravention of their human rights by inadequate odour control.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mogden, Hidden London, updated 2010, retrieved 12 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Mogden, Hidden London gazeteer, retrieved 12 November 2013.
  3. ^ Christopher Stocks, Forgotten Fruits: A Guide to Britain's Traditional Fruit and Vegetables, London: Random House, 2008, ISBN 9781905211807, p. 209.
  4. ^ The Garden, 6 October 1894, p. 329.
  5. ^ Proceedings of the Royal Horticultural Society 17–18 (1894) pp. xxvi, 110.
  6. ^ Linda Taylor, Local History, Out & About Isleworth, May/June 2011, p. 17.
  7. ^ South Middlesex Hospital, Lost Hospitals of London, updated 11 October 2013.
  8. ^ South Middlesex Hospital, The National Archives, retrieved 12 November 2013.
  9. ^ South Middlesex Hospital, AIM25, retrieved 12 November 2013.
  10. ^ Mogden sewage works, London Borough of Hounslow, 2012, retrieved 12 November 2013.
  11. ^ Paul Newton, "Thames' failure to tackle sewage stink breached human rights, High Court rules", Utility Week, 9 December 2011.

Coordinates: 51°27′35″N 0°20′24″W / 51.4597°N 0.3401°W / 51.4597; -0.3401