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Cowley Peachy Junction, Grand Union Canal, Yiewsley - geograph.org.uk - 90224.jpg
Grand Union Canal just North of Yiewsley
Yiewsley is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population12,979 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ0608880405
• Charing Cross17.29 mi (27.83 km) E
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtUB7
Dialling code01895
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°30′45″N 0°28′21″W / 51.512619°N 0.47261°W / 51.512619; -0.47261Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°28′21″W / 51.512619°N 0.47261°W / 51.512619; -0.47261

Yiewsley (/ˈjzli/) is a place in the London Borough of Hillingdon to the north of West Drayton. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Wifeleslēah: "Wifel's woodland clearing". Yiewsley was a chapelry in the ancient parish of Hillingdon, Middlesex.[2] The population was recorded as 11,767 in 2008, by the Office for National Statistics.[3]


Yiewsley is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. The place-name probably derives from the Anglo-Saxon Wifeleslēah: "Wifel's woodland clearing".

There is little recorded about Yiewsley until the late 18th century, when the Grand Junction Canal was cut. A branch of the canal known as Otter Dock was cut between Yiewsley and West Drayton in the years 1876-1879 in order to service Yiewsley's brickworks.[4] Brick-making and agriculture were the main industries in Yiewsley during the late 18th and 19th centuries, and the expansion of the brickworks resulted in a large growth in population. Five million bricks moulded and fired in the Hillingdon Brickfields every year were transported by canal to a yard near South Wharf Basin, Paddington. The last brick-field closed in 1935 following strikes and the Great Depression, and around this time Otter Dock was filled in.[5]

The arrival of the Great Western Railway and the building of West Drayton railway station in 1838 resulted in new houses being built and a sharp increase in both population and trade. A branch line to Uxbridge was completed in 1856. This ran until closed as part of the Beeching plan in 1964 (although passenger services had been discontinued in 1962).

As the population grew, a new church, St Matthew's,[6] was dedicated on 6 July 1859, and enlarged in 1898.[4] Yiewsley remained a parish of Hillingdon until 1896.


The nearest places to Yiewsley are Hayes, Harlington, Cowley, Harmondsworth, Iver, Sipson, and West Drayton. The Grand Union Canal flows by Yiewsley, and to the west are several lakes including Farlows Lake.


The area has some important local neighbourhood groups, including the Town Centre Action Group and the UB7 Projects Development Group.


Hillingdon Primary Care Trust is based in Yiewsley.[7]


The nearest railway stations are Hayes and Harlington, Iver and West Drayton.

A by-pass opened in Yiewsley in 1989.[4]

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  1. ^ "Hillingdon Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Yiewsley Ch/CP through time - Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". Visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "A focus on Yiewsley" (PDF). London Borough of Hillingdon. January 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Weinreb, Ben; Hibbert, Christopher (1993). The London Encyclopaedia (Rev. ed.). London: PaperMac. p. 1002. ISBN 0333576888. OCLC 28963301.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Yiewsley - Website Archive (last updated 2007)". Yiewsley.org.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Home - St Matthew's Yiewsley". Stmatthewsyiewsley.org.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ "NHS Hillingdon". Hillingdon Primary Care Trust. Retrieved 8 June 2011.

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