Middlesex House and Grand Union Apartments on the Grand Union Canal
|Population||14,017 (2011 Census. Ward)|
|OS grid reference|
|• Charing Cross||7.6 mi (12.2 km) ESE|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Alperton (//) is an area of North West London, England, in the London Borough of Brent. It is centred 7.5 miles (12 km) west north-west of Charing Cross. It includes a handful of high-rise and many mid-rise buildings as well as streets of low-rise houses with gardens. As with all of west London it is in the Historic County of Middlesex. Adjoining the Grand Union Canal's Paddington Arm fed by the Brent Reservoir it forms the southern part of Wembley.
Alperton has one of the capital's highest populations from black or minority ethnic groups (BME). In the 1991 census, 43.2% of the population was Asian, only one point less than White. British Indians formed 31.5% in 1991 and 32.4% in 2001, with white having decreased to 27.8%. According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group was Indian, 42% of the population, well above Brent's average of 18%. Other Asian was second largest at 17%. In the 2011 census 47.7% of residents are of the Hindu faith, Christians: 27.2% and Muslims: 11.9%.
Ealing Road (A4089) and Bridgewater Road (A4005) are major roads that run through Alperton. Alperton Lane (B456) is another useful thoroughfare.
The Grand Union Canal runs through Alperton and the Grand Union Walk is its old towpath, which was originally used by horses drawing the canal barges, and is now a recreational facility that serves Alperton.
Rail and Underground
Stations in and near the area include:
- Alperton (Piccadilly line)
- Hanger Lane (Central line)
- Stonebridge Park (Bakerloo line & Watford DC Line)
- Wembley Central (Bakerloo line, London Overground's Watford DC Line, Southern & West Midlands Trains)
- Wembley Park (Metropolitan line and Jubilee line)
- Chess endgame study composer and author John Roycroft was born in Alperton
- Gary Waddock, former footballer and now manager of Aldershot Town, grew up in Alperton
- Footballer Joe Wiggins (1909–82) was born in Alperton
- Keith Moon lived in Alperton as a boy.
In popular culture
The towpath of the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has been used for various scenes in the BBC TV soap EastEnders. It was first used in an episode which aired on 3 October 1985, when the character Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) meets with Michelle Fowler (played by Susan Tully) and it is revealed Den is the father of Michelle's baby. It was used again on numerous occasions, most famously on 23 February 1989, when Den Watts was shot before falling into the canal and supposedly dying. Den returned to the canal with daughter Sharon Watts on 3 October 2003, when he returned to Albert Square alive.
- "Brent Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Styatistics. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- Mills, A.D. (2010). A Dictionary of London Place-Names. Oxford University Press. p. 6. ISBN 9780199566785.