Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District

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Yiewsley and West Drayton
Yiewsley Key House 1.jpg
Key House in Yiewsley. Town Hall of the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District between 1930 and 1952
Yiewsley-Westdrayton1961.svg
Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District within Middlesex in 1961
History
 • Created1929
 • Abolished1965
 • Succeeded byLondon Borough of Hillingdon
StatusUrban district (until 1965)
GovernmentYiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council
 • HQYiewsley and District Council offices
1929-1930

Town Hall, Yiewsley
1930-1952

Drayton Hall, West Drayton
1952-1965
 • MottoWe Serve
 • UnitsYiewsley Urban District
1,091 acres (4.4 km2)

West Drayton Civil Parish
878 acres (3.6 km2) (amalgomated in 1929)

Harmondsworth Civil Parish
3,308 acres (13.4 km2) (amalgomated in 1930)

Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°28′22″W / 51.5117°N 0.4728°W / 51.5117; -0.4728


Yiewsley and West Drayton was a local government district in Middlesex, England from 1929 to 1965. Its area became the south-west of the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Establishment and expansion[edit]

The Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District evolved from the Yiewsley Urban District which had been established on 14 April 1911 by an Order of the Middlesex County Council [1] granting the Civil Parish of Yiewsley urban powers. [2][3]

Historically Yiewsley had been a district in the Parish of Hillingdon and became part of the Parish of Hillingdon East when the Hillingdon Parish was divided under the Local Government Act of 1894, also becoming part of the new Uxbridge Rural District. Yiewsley became a Civil Parish in 1896, remaining in the Uxbridge Rural District until becoming an Urban District in 1911.[4]

On 7 December 1928 Middlesex County Council issued an Order for the Uxbridge Rural District to be amalgamated into the Uxbridge Urban District, with the exception of the Parish of Northolt and the Parish of West Drayton. The Parish of West Drayton was to be transferred to the Urban District of Yiewsley with the Urban District being renamed Yiewsley and West Drayton. The Urban District Council was to increase in size to have 15 members, 9 representing the Yiewsley Ward and 6 representing the West Drayton Ward. The Order was to come into force on 31 March 1929.[5]

Elections for the Council took place on Saturday 23 March 1929 [6] and the first meeting of the new Council members was held on Wednesday 3 April 1929.[7]

On 31 March 1930 an Order of the Middlesex County Council[8] dissolved the Staines Rural District with the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District amalgamating the Parish of Harmondsworth which included the villages of Longford, Sipson and Heathrow.[9] The composition of the Urban Council was changed with the number of Ward members increased to 22. Yiewsley Ward members were increased to 12, West Drayton Ward members reduced to 5 and Harmondsworth Ward members having also 5 (In line with the estimated population of each Ward: Yiewsley 6,134 - West Drayton 2,499 - Harmondsworth 2,600).[10] Urban District elections took place on Saturday 22 March 1930 with the new Ward members attending their first meeting of the Urban District Council on Tuesday 1 April 1930. [11][12] On Friday 23 May 1930 the Urban District's new Town Hall in Yiewsley was officially opened by Mr. F. E. Dominey, J.P., the Chairman of the Council.[13]

After the Second World War the Town Hall became too small to meet the needs of the Urban District. Drayton Hall in West Drayton was purchased with the official opening taking place on 5 April 1952. The building was extended in 1955.[14]

Drayton Hall, Town Hall of the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District between 1952 and 1965

Abolition[edit]

The Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District, with the whole County of Middlesex, formed part of the review area of the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London. Its report published in 1960, proposed 52 Greater London Boroughs with one being formed from the Municipal Borough of Uxbridge, the Ruislip-Northwood Urban District and the Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District. The UK Government produced a White paper on 29 November 1961 which proposed fewer, larger boroughs. With the introduction of legislation in 1962 the number of boroughs had been reduced to 32 with the Hayes and Harlington Urban District joining the three other administrative areas in forming a new borough. The London Government Act 1963 created the London Borough of Hillingdon in the new county of Greater London on 1 April 1965.

Civic history[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms of Yiewsley and West Drayton, which included Heathrow Airport, was granted in 1953 shortly before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was:

Per chevron enarched or and vert in chief two cartwheels sable and in base an eagle displayed argent a chief gules thereon on a mount vert a representation of the Gatehouse at West Drayton proper. Crest: On a wreath of the colours between two eagle's wings or charged with a cross gules a Tudor rose proper. Motto: 'We Serve'.[15]

The coat of arms of the London Borough of Hillingdon replicated in its logo re-uses splayed eagle wings, the Tudor rose and the main feature of its crest above is a red demi-lion with silver/white wings whose undersides (one visible as the lion is side-on) have the red cross of St George.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Advertiser". 14 January 1911.
  2. ^ "Yiewsley and West Drayton CP". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  3. ^ Cox, A.H. (1983). West Drayton & Yiewsley through the centuries. Hillingdon Borough Libraries. p. 34. ISBN 0907869033.
  4. ^ Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert, ed. (1983). The London Encyclopaedia. MacMillan. p. 1002. ISBN 0333576888.
  5. ^ "Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 7 December 1928.
  6. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and Gazette". 29 March 1929.
  7. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and Gazette". 5 April 1929.
  8. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 21 December 1928.
  9. ^ "Harmondsworth". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  10. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 14 February 1930.
  11. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 28 March 1930.
  12. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 4 April 1930.
  13. ^ "The Middlesex Advertiser and County Gazette". 30 May 1930. p. 18.
  14. ^ Cox, A.H. (1983). West Drayton and Yiewsley through the centuries. Hillingdon Borough Libraries. p. 58. ISBN 0907869033.
  15. ^ "Yiewsley and West Drayton – Coat of Arms". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Hillingdon's Coat of Arms". London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved 16 April 2015.

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