Hillingdon Court Park
Hillingdon shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|– Charing Cross||14.2 mi (22.9 km) E|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||UB8, UB9, UB10|
|UK Parliament||Uxbridge and South Ruislip|
|London Assembly||Ealing and Hillingdon|
Hillingdon is a suburban area within the London Borough of Hillingdon, situated 14.2 miles (22.8 km) west of Charing Cross. It was an ancient parish in the county of Middlesex that originally included the market town of Uxbridge. During the 1920s Hillingdon experienced a rapid increase in population and was absorbed by Uxbridge Urban District in 1929. It has formed part of Greater London since 1965.
Hillingdon was an ancient parish, and had within it the chapelry of Uxbridge, which became a separate civil parish in 1866. When a local board of health was created for Uxbridge the western part of Hillingdon parish was included within it. Under the Local Government Act 1894, Hillingdon parish was divided in two along the boundary of the board of health district. Hillingdon West became, with Uxbridge, part of the Uxbridge Urban District. Hillingdon East, now governed by the Hillingdon East Parish Council, became part of the Uxbridge Rural District. Uxbridge Rural District and the parish council were abolished in 1928, with the Hillingdon East parish being added to the Uxbridge Urban District. Both Hillingdon East and Hillingdon West parishes were abolished in 1938 and added to Uxbridge parish. The name was revived in 1965, consequent upon the London Government Act 1963, as the name of the western-most borough of Greater London.
The A40 (Western Avenue) was rerouted in the early 1990s to run slightly north of its original route, thereby allowing traffic to flow without interruption at the junction of Hillingdon Circus. Hillingdon tube station was required to be demolished in order for the new road to be constructed, and a new station was opened further south along the line in 1994, winning the Underground Station of the Year award for that year.
Hillingdon is a traditional Conservative stronghold lying in the boundary of the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, represented by Boris Johnson. Prior to that John Randall MP represented the constituency since 1997, following the death of fellow Conservative Sir Michael Shersby.
Primary schools in Hillingdon include Oak Farm Juniors, St Bernadette's Roman Catholic Primary School, Hillingdon Primary and Ryefield Primary. Secondary schools include Abbotsfield School for Boys, ACS Hillingdon, Bishopshalt School, Vyners School and Swakeleys School for Girls.
Church of St John the Baptist
The church of St John the Baptist stands at the top of Hillingdon Hill, at its junction with Royal Lane. It was built in 1629, replacing an earlier building deemed to have become unsafe. In 1846, the architect George Gilbert Scott was asked to design an extension, after the increasing population meant the church was becoming too cramped. This extension was completed between 1847 and 1848 by the Fassnidge builders from Uxbridge. The barrel roof of the chancel was renovated in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Elizabeth II. In 1964, a vestry was built on the north-eastern side of the church. On 8 November 1940, a bomb fell on the south side of the church, damaging many of the windows on the south and east sides of the church. The windows were repaired following the end of the Second World War.
Hillingdon Court was built in 1858 by Sir Charles Mills as his family home, after he had bought separate adjacent properties in Vine Lane. Both buildings were demolished and the plots combined to allow for the construction of the new property. The mansion remained in the family's ownership until the death of the Second Baron Hillingdon, Charles Mills in 1919. Part of the estate was bought by the local authority, while the mansion was bought by the Roman Catholic Order of the Sacred Heart and became a nursing home in 1920. After the Second World War, the mansion became a girls' school, and in 1978 was bought by ACS International Schools to become ACS Hillingdon. Under the ownership of ACS International Schools, the mansion has been extended and converted in parts to meet the needs of a school. The area of land bought by the local authority remains today as Hillingdon Court Park.
- Actor Michael Anderson, Jr. was born in Hillingdon
- Horror fiction writer A. M. Burrage (1889-1956) was born in Hillingdon
- Actor James Corden, best known for BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, was born in Hillingdon
- Actress Lynne Frederick (1954–94), probably best known for her marriages to Peter Sellers and David Frost, was born in Hillingdon
- Actor Denis Gilmore, best known for 1971 cult horror film Psychomania, was born in Hillingdon
- Kwame Kwei-Armah was born in Hillingdon
- Conductor and composer Eugene Goossens (1893-1962), whose career was ruined by the Rosaleen Norton affair, lived in Hillingdon
- Actor Huw Higginson was born in Hillingdon
- Musician Stephen Luscombe, of 1980s pop-group Blancmange, was born in Hillingdon
- Actress Elspeth March (1911-1999), married to actor Stewart Granger from 1938 to 1948, lived in Hillingdon
- Comic actor and comedian Alfred Marks (1921-1996) lived in Hillingdon
- Slow-motion cinematographer and comedy producer Gavin Free was born in Hillingdon
- Screenwriter and film director Simon Monjack (1970-2010) was born in Hillingdon
- Claire Richards, singer in 1990s pop-group Steps, was born in Hillingdon and attended Bishopshalt School
- Meinhardt Schomberg (1641-1719), general in the service of Prince William of Orange, built and lived in Hillingdon House
- Actor and director Tony Tanner was born in Hillingdon
- Actress Heather Thatcher (1896-1987), signed by MGM in 1930s Hollywood, lived in Hillingdon at the time of her death
- Footballer Ray Wilkins was born in Hillingdon
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