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Ealing is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) west of Charing Cross . It is one of the seven major towns in the London Borough of Ealing . Ealing was a rural village within Ealing parish . By 1902 Ealing had become known as the “Queen of the Suburbs” due to its greenery and because it was halfway between city and country . When you visit Ealing, Walkfo brings Ealing places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Ealing Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Ealing

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With 186 audio plaques & Ealing places for you to explore in the Ealing area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Ealing places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Ealing history


Saxon name for Ealing was recorded c. 700 as ‘Gillingas’, meaning ‘place of the people associated with Gilla’ from personal name Gilla . Over the centuries, the name has changed, and has been known as ‘Illing’, 1130; ‘Gills’, 1243; and ‘Ylling’ until ‘Ealing’ became the standard spelling in the 19th century .

Early history

Archaeology evinces parts of Ealing have been lived in by neanderthal humans – the Lower Palaeolithic Age. The typical stone tool type of neanderthals, the Mousterian, is not found in south-east England, but Levallois type may be consistent with the hand axes found. These primitive hunters span a period of at least 300,000 years in Britain. Of the Iron Age, Milne lists six Carthaginian and pre-Roman bronze coins from Middlesex: Ashford and Ealing (Carthage coins); Edmonton (Seleucid (2), Rhegium, Bithynia coins). These are not so significant as for similar and more plentiful finds from Dorset, and Milne suggests that some represent parts of imported bronze scrap. The Church of St. Mary’s, the parish church’s priest for centuries fell to be appointed by the Bishop of London, earliest known to be so in c. 1127, when he gave the great tithes to Canon Henry for keeping St. Paul’s cathedral school. The church required frequent repair in the 1650s and was so ruinous in about 1675 that services were held elsewhere for several years. Worshippers moved to a wooden tabernacle in 1726 and the steeple fell in 1729, destroying the church, before its rebuilding. In the 12th century Ealing was amid a fields- and villages-punctuated forest covering most of the county from the southwest to the north of the City of London. The earliest surviving English census is that for Ealing in January 1599. This list was a tally of all 85 households in Ealing village giving the names of the inhabitants, together with their ages, relationships and occupations. It survives in manuscript form at The National Archives (piece E 163/24/35), and was transcribed and printed by K J Allison for Ealing Historical Society in 1961. Settlements were scattered throughout the parish. Many of them were along what is now called St. Mary’s Road, near to the church in the centre of the parish. There were also houses at Little Ealing, Ealing Dean, Haven Green, Drayton Green and Castlebar Hill. The parish of Ealing was far from wholly divided among manors, such as those of Ealing, Gunnersbury and Pitshanger. These when used for crops were mostly wheat, but also barley and rye, with considerable pasture for cows, draught animals, sheep and recorded poultry keeping. There were five free tenements on Ealing manor in 1423: Absdons in the north, Baldswells at Drayton, Abyndons and Denys at Ealing village, and Sergeaunts at Old Brentford. It is likely that there had once been 32 copyhold tenements, including at least 19 virgates of 20 rateable acres and 9 half virgates. When created the copyhold land amounted to not more than 540 acres (2.2 km), a total increased before 1423 by land at Castlebar Hill. Ealing had an orchard in 1540 and others in 1577–8 and 1584. Numbers increased, as were orchards often taken out of open fields, by 1616 in Crowchmans field, in 1680–1 in Popes field, and in 1738 in Little North field. Some lay as far north as the centre of the parish. River Long field and adjoining closes at West Ealing contained 1,008 fruit trees in 1767, including 850 apple trees, 63 plum, and 63 cherry. Ealing demesne in 1318 had a windmill, which was rebuilt in 1363–4. This was destroyed in or before 1409 and may have been repaired by 1431, when it was again broken. Great Ealing School was founded in 1698 by the Church of St Mary’s. This became the “finest private school in England” and had many famous pupils in the 19th century such as William S. Gilbert, composer and impresario, and Cardinal Newman – since 2019 recognised as a saint. As the zone became built-up, the school declined and closed in April 1908. The earliest maps of just the parish of Ealing survive from the 18th century; John Speed and others having made maps of Middlesex, more than two centuries before. At Ealing a fair was held on the green in 1822, when William Cobbett chronicled he was diverted by crowds of Cockneys headed there. The fair, of unknown origin, was held from 24 to 26 June until suppressed in 1880. The manor included Old Brentford and its extensive Thames fisheries, and in 1423 tenants of Ealing manor rented three fisheries in the Thames. In 1257 the king ordered the Bishop whoever it may be from time to time (sede vacante) to provide 8,000-10,000 lampreys and other fish for owning the manor, impliedly per year, which shows the extent of the local catch.

Ealing as a suburb of London

The well-to-do of London began to see Ealing as a place to escape from the smoke and smells . The only British prime minister to be assassinated, Spencer Perceval, made his home at Elm House . Up until that point, Ealing was mostly made up of open countryside and fields .

Old inns and public houses

Stops in Ealing included The Feathers, The Bell, The Green Man and The Old Hat . At one point in history there were two pubs either side of one of the many toll gates on the Uxbridge Road in West Ealing .

The expansion of Ealing

As London developed, the area became predominantly market gardens which required a greater proportion of workers as it was more labour-intensive . In the 1850s, with improved travel (the Great Western Railway and two branches of the Grand Union Canal), villages began to grow into towns and merged into unbroken residential areas . At this time Ealing began to be called the “Queen of the Suburbs”

Ealing as a modern Victorian suburb

Ealing Ealing as a modern Victorian suburb photo

The most important changes to Ealing occurred in the 19th century . The Great Western Railway in the 1830s led to the opening of a railway station on the Broadway in 1879, originally called Haven Green . During the Victorian period, Ealing became a town . The Board of Health for Ealing commissioned London’s first modern sewage systems .

Queen of the Suburbs

Ealing Queen of the Suburbs photo

In 1901, Ealing Urban District was incorporated as a municipal borough, Walpole Park was opened and the first electric trams ran along the Uxbridge Road . In the 1930s Ealing Village’s mid-rise, green-setting apartment blocks were built, today Grade II (initial, mainstream) category-listed and having gated grounds . Brentham Garden Suburb is said to be one of the best examples of classic suburbia in mock Tudor style .

Ealing geography / climate

Ealing Geography photo

Ealing is less than 2 miles from the Tideway (London’s upper estuary of the Thames) at the local apex of Kew Bridge that links to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Ealing Common, Walpole, Lammas, Cleveland, Hanger Hill, Montpelier, and Pitshanger Parks.

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Best Ealing places to visit

Ealing has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Ealing’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Ealing’s information audio spots:

Ealing photo St Mary’s Church, Acton, London
St Mary’s Church is a Church of England parish church in Acton in the London Borough of Ealing . The present church was designed by Horace Francis and constructed 1865–1867 . The church was listed Grade II in 1981 .
Ealing photo Old Pack Horse
The Old Pack Horse is a Grade II listed public house in Chiswick, London . It is located on the corner of the High Road and Acton Lane .
Ealing photo Chiswick Empire
The Chiswick Empire opened in 1912 and closed and was demolished in 1959 . George Formby, Laurel and Hardy, Chico Marx, Peter Sellers and Liberace performed there .
Ealing photo Compass Box
Compass Box Whisky was founded in 2000 by American entrepreneur John Glaser, a former marketing director at Johnnie Walker . Jill Boyd began blending whisky for Compass Box in 2017 and was joined by James Saxon in 2019 .
Ealing photo Ealing Common
Ealing Common is a large open space (approx 47 acres) in Ealing, West London . It is the largest open space in the world, with an area of 47 acres .
Ealing photo Hanger Hill
Hanger Hill or Haymills Estate is a local area and ward of the London Borough of Ealing . It was developed in the interwar period when affluent Londoners moved out of Central London for more green spaces . The estate features spacious houses and flats designed by architects Douglas Smith and Barley .
Ealing photo Ealing Grove
Ealing Grove was a mansion and estate in Ealing, Middlesex, west London . It was adjacent to the Ealing House estate, but distinct from it, and stood amongst trees .
Ealing photo Hanger Hill Wood
Hanger Hill Wood is a small remnant of ancient woodland to the east of the Hanger Hill Park and North Circular Road at Hanger Lane in Ealing in the London Borough of Ealing . Named from ‘Hangra’, the Old English word for wooded slope .
Ealing photo St Peter’s Church, Ealing
St Peter’s Church is an Anglican parish church in North Ealing, in the Diocese of London . Grade II* Listed building is noted for its combination of Arts & Crafts and late-Victorian Gothic .
Ealing photo Horsenden Hill
Horsenden Hill is a hill and open space in West London . It is one of the higher eminences in the local area, rising to 85m (276 ft) above sea level . The summit forms part of an ancient hillfort and is the site of a trig point .

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Ealing has 47 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Ealing plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Ealing using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Ealing plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.