Castlebar Hill

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Castle Bear House in 1795 which was subsequently owned by Lt. General Frederick Wetherall. His friend, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, owned Castle Hill Lodge nearby. Ealing Abbey now stands upon this site.[1]

Castlebar Hill is a hill in Ealing which is 167 feet (51 m) high.[2] In the 18th century, it was the location of Castle Beare, a grand mansion or country seat, for the area at this time was but a hamlet, not yet having been built up as part of the London conurbation.[3]

An experimental hostel for deaf and blind children was founded at what is now 8 Castlebar Hill by Dr Edith Whetnall FRCS, a pioneering audiologist. The hostel was opened in 1953 by Iain Macleod MP and Spencer Tracy, as part of The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. It closed in 1993. In 2015, the Ealing Civil Society unveiled a plaque dedicated to the work of Dr Edith Whetnall on the building.[4]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b Drawn View of the Seat of -------- Smith, Esq. At Castle Bear near Ealing, Europeana 
  2. ^ Brown, J. A. (1886). "The Thames-valley Surface-deposits of the Ealing District and their associated Palaeolithic Floors". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 42: 192–200. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1886.042.01-04.22. 
  3. ^ Denise Yim (2004). Viotti and the Chinnerys. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-7546-3161-3 
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  5. ^ a b c d Walter Jerrold (1909), Highways and Byways in Middlesex, Macmillan, pp. 370–371 

Coordinates: 51°31′17″N 0°18′44″W / 51.5214°N 0.3121°W / 51.5214; -0.3121