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Gunnersbury is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ195785
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtW3, W4, W5
Postcode districtTW8
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°29′34″N 0°16′40″W / 51.4927°N 0.2777°W / 51.4927; -0.2777Coordinates: 51°29′34″N 0°16′40″W / 51.4927°N 0.2777°W / 51.4927; -0.2777

Gunnersbury is an area of West London, England.


The name "Gunnersbury" means "Manor house of a woman called Gunnhildr", and is from an old Scandinavian personal name + Middle English -bury, manor or manor house.[1]


Gunnersbury consists mainly of pre-war housing of a variety of types, including flats, terrace, semi detached, and detached houses, some of which are ex-local authority built.

The defining symbol of Gunnersbury is the 18-storey high BSI (British Standards Institution) building on Chiswick High Road. Between 1966 and 1992 the block housed a divisional headquarters of IBM UK. Below this building Gunnersbury station serves the Richmond branch of the District line and the London Overground to Stratford.

On the north side of the High Road is The Gunnersbury, formerly the John Bull pub, built in 1853, with a billiards saloon built a little later. It became a music venue, visited by bands including The Who.[2]

In August 1921, London General Omnibus Company established a bus overhaul facility off Chiswick High Road.[3] It incorporated a Training School with a bus Skid-Pan.[4] In 1989, London Transport closed the works.[5][6] In 2001 the site was redeveloped as the Chiswick Business Park with 12 medium density office buildings.[7][8] It houses companies including SBS Broadcasting Networks, CBS News, Technicolor, Discovery Channel Europe, Intelsat, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Foxtons, and a Virgin Active health club.

Immediately to the east is Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve. An area of woodland, it supports many species of birds, plants, and animals. It has free admission and its entrance is on the south of Bollo Lane, a few yards from Chiswick Park Tube Station.[9][10]

Just to the north of Gunnersbury Triangle, Chiswick Park Footbridge connects Gunnersbury's Chiswick Business Park with Chiswick Park tube station. It was designed by Expedition Engineering and Useful Studios.[11][12]

Gunnersbury lends its name to a nearby secondary school, formerly a Grammar School, in Brentford. Gunnersbury Catholic School is a boys-only Catholic comprehensive with co-educational sixth form. It used to be located on Gunnersbury Avenue and it backed on to Gunnersbury Park. Since 1984, it has been located in The Ride, Brentford.

In 1886, Gunnersbury was given its own parish church, dedicated to Saint James. The church stood on Chiswick High Road, near Chiswick Roundabout. The church was decommissioned just over a century later, in 1987, and demolished soon afterwards. The parish was united with that of St Paul's, Brentford.[13]

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  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names, A.D.Mills. 2003. ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9. ISBN 0-19-852758-6.
  2. ^ Clegg, Gillian. "Pubs". Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  3. ^ Inspecting General Overhaul Works Commercial Motor 1 September 1925
  4. ^ Chiswick London Bus Rally 1983 YouTube clip
  5. ^ BEL grows in London Commercial Motor 20 July 1989
  6. ^ Taylor, James (2009). The London Bus. Botley: Shire Publications. p. 26. ISBN 978-074780-728-5.
  7. ^ Chiswick Business Park Invest Hounslow
  8. ^ Route 27 Comes to Chiswick Business Park Chiswick Herald
  9. ^ "Gunnersbury Triangle". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Map of Gunnersbury Triangle". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  11. ^ "New bridge legs bring Crossrail access nearer for Chiswick Park". The Chiswick Herald. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Chiswick Park Footbridge". Expedition. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Saint James, Gunnersbury: Chiswick High Road, Hounslow". Retrieved 28 September 2015.

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Media related to Gunnersbury at Wikimedia Commons