17 Facts About Ealing


Ealing, resembling the W5, W13 and NW10 post codes is the administrative centre of the borough.

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Until the urban expansion of London in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, Ealing was a rural village within Ealing parish.

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Ealing has the characteristics of both leafy suburban and inner-city development.

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Saxon name for Ealing was recorded c as Gillingas, which probably originates from the Gylling næs in Jutland.

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Parish of Ealing was far from wholly divided among manors, such as those of Ealing, Gunnersbury and Pitshanger.

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Great Ealing School was founded in 1698 by the Church of St Mary's.

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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.

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Up until that point, Ealing was mostly made up of open countryside and fields where, as in previous centuries, the main occupation was farming.

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The building of the Great Western Railway in the 1830s, part of which passed through the centre of Ealing, led to the opening of a railway station on the Broadway in 1879, originally called Haven Green.

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Ealing even oversaw the purchase of the Walpole estate grounds and its conversion into a leisure garden for the general public to enjoy and promenade around on Sundays.

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Ealing has parks and open spaces, such as Ealing Common, Walpole, Lammas, Cleveland, Hanger Hill, Montpelier, and Pitshanger Parks.

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Ealing is served by Ealing Broadway station on the Great Western Main Line and the London Underground in London fare zone 3.

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Ealing has a developed night-time economy backed by numerous pubs and restaurants on The Mall, The Broadway and New Broadway .

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Ealing is best known for its film studios, which are the oldest in the world and are known especially for the Ealing comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets, Passport to Pimlico, The Ladykillers and The Lavender Hill Mob.

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The studios were taken over by the BBC in 1955, with one consequence being that Ealing locations appeared in television programmes including Doctor Who to Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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Ealing now lacks any cinema houses; the Ealing Empire cinema has now been closed since 2008.

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Ealing has a theatre on Mattock Lane, The Questors Theatre.

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