Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District

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

Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District within Middlesex in 1961

Yiewsley and West Drayton was an urban district in Middlesex, England.

It was formed in 1911 from the parish of Yiewsley, formerly part of Uxbridge Rural District. This rural district was abolished in 1929, and Yiewsley was joined by the parish of West Drayton, resulting in a change of name for the district. The parish of Harmondsworth was added in 1930 from the disbanded Staines Rural District.

The urban district was abolished in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963, to form part of the London Borough of Hillingdon in Greater London.

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'.


The eagle came from the arms of the Paget family. The Manor of West Drayton was held by William Paget, a famous ambassador and courtier of Henry VIII and Edward VI. The family subsequently held the Manors of Dawley and Harmondsworth. The Gatehouse at West Drayton is all that remains of the Paget's great house. It was demolished in 1750 and was used as a badge by the Council before the arms were granted. The cartwheels stood for the traffic along the Bath Road. The two eagle's wings with crosses of St. George symbolised the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II at London Airport by air, where she first set foot on British soil after her accession. The Tudor rose represented the connection of the Paget family with the Tudor monarchs.[1]

The present London Borough of Hillingdon uses the eagle, the Tudor rose, and one of the eagle's wings with a cross from the coat of arms of the former Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District on its coat of arms.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Yiewsley and West Drayton - Coat of Arms". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hillingdon's Coat of Arms". London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved 16 April 2015.