North Acton

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Coordinates: 51°31′50″N 0°15′46″W / 51.530523°N 0.262668°W / 51.530523; -0.262668

North Acton
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St Gabriel's Church, the parish church of North Acton.
North Acton is located in Greater London
North Acton
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London borough Ealing
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Post town LONDON
Postcode district W3
Postcode district NW10
Dialling code 020
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North Acton is a place in West London, UK. It is part of Acton and on the edge of the industrial district of Park Royal. Historically part of the Municipal Borough of Acton, since 1965 it has been part of the London Borough of Ealing. It is part of the London W3 postal district.[1][2][3] The Park Royal industrial estate, which is associated with North Acton, and forms part of the same ecclesiastical parish, is part of the NW10 postal district.

Commercial activity[edit]

The commercial district of Park Royal overspills into North Acton, and several facilities are located on the edge of North Acton Playing Fields, including the Black Island Film Studios, which are the largest television and film studios in central London.[4] In recent years there has been new commercial and high-rise residential redevelopment to the south of North Acton tube station, including extensive provision of student accommodation for the University of the Arts.

BBC[edit]

The BBC has been associated with North Acton for many decades, with its main television rehearsal studios and its costume collection located in North Acton, adjacent to the railway station. There is a short and easy journey of just two stops on the Central line to reach White City and the BBC Television Centre there. Many famous actors and producers have utilised the rehearsal studios, and North Acton public house 'The Castle' opposite, where actors frequently gathered for lunch and refreshments.[5] Following a decision by the BBC to relocate services, the rehearsal studios have closed, and the Television Centre itself also closed in 2013. The costume collection building has closed and been demolished with a new tower block of student accommodation (for the University of the Arts) opening on the site late in 2012. The student block has been named "The Costume Store" in tribute to the former BBC activity on the site.[6]

The last remaining BBC facility in North Acton today is the "BBC Park Western" studios and office block, located on Kendall Avenue, beside the Central line, midway between North Acton and West Acton tube stations. Once the headquarters of the BBC TV Outside Broadcasting Department, half the site has now been sold and redeveloped,[7] with the remaining BBC Park Western used as the operating base, standing set, and production offices for popular television series Silent Witness, much of which is filmed around Acton and Park Royal.

Parish Church[edit]

North Acton is served by the Parish Church of St Gabriel, North Acton, located on Noel Road, beside North Acton Playing Fields, part of the Church of England.[8] St Gabriel's is one of the forty new churches 'planted' in the early 1930s by Bishop Winnington-Ingram, the Bishop of London, to serve London's expanding suburbs. It celebrated its eightieth anniversary in July 2011.[9] The very large church was designed and built by architect Ernest Charles Shearman, and houses an original painting ("The Annunciation") by artist John Pelling. Other points of interest include a high altar frontal used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and a stone font originally located in Westminster Abbey, and still bearing carved stone symbols of the Abbey Church.

Public spaces[edit]

North Acton Playing Fields is a large open space for public recreation. Its facilities include several football and cricket pitches, multiple hard-surfaced and grass tennis courts, a basketball court, exercise machines forming a public 'outside gym', refreshment facilities including "Spencer's Cafeteria" (open all year round), a pavilion, a children's playground, hard (tarmac) surfaced paths for walking in inclement weather, a picnic area with metal picnic tables, and designated dog-walking areas.[10]

Transport[edit]

Tube[edit]

The railway station at North Acton. The visible lines are platforms 1, 2, and 3 (one with a train) of the Central line. Beyond is a High Speed Train passing through the Network Rail (national railway) line.

The main tube station is North Acton Station (Central line), although several others are within easy walking distance of the community. The Piccadilly line also passes through the parish of North Acton, although with no station stop. North Acton station is on the border of fare zones 2 and 3. It is also the location of a junction (to the west of the station) where the Central line splits between its main line and the Ealing Broadway branch.

Buses[edit]

London Buses serving North Acton are:[11]

Route Start End Operator
95 Southall Shepherds Bush Metroline
260 White City Golders Green Metroline
266 Hammersmith Brent Cross Tower Transit
440 Stonebridge Park Station Chiswick London United
487 South Harrow Willesden Junction Station Metroline

Neighbouring places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Postcode area map of West London, showing North Acton tube, North Acton playing fields, and North Acton parish church, all in W3.
  2. ^ The Contact Page of North Acton parish church, showing W3 postcodes.
  3. ^ The Contact Page for North Acton tube station, showing W3 postcodes.
  4. ^ This website provides more details and substantiates claim to size.
  5. ^ BBC comedy writer Jimmy Perry recalls rehearsals for Dad's Army at North Acton in the 1970s in this conversation with Nicolas Ridley.
  6. ^ See the University accommodation website.
  7. ^ Details shown here.
  8. ^ See details on this website.
  9. ^ See details of construction and celebrations referenced on this website.
  10. ^ Cited on this public attractions website.
  11. ^ http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/maps/buses/pdf/north-act-gypsy-c-a4.pdf