Ealing is a London borough which lies in the western parts of the English capital. Like all local boroughs it was created on the 1st of April, 1965. It spans overs an area of 21.44 square miles and has a population of over 340.000 with a density rate of 16.000 people per square mile. Ealing is home to a large number of popular landmarks, green spaces, monuments, entertainment venues and schools. It is also the location of some of London’s most renowned districts and neighbourhoods.
The area of Acton, W4, is situated in the eastern parts of the borough at approximately six miles from the intersection of Charing Cross. It has a population of over 60.000 people and is one of the most populous districts in Ealing. The area is home to a large number of top tier education facilities such as the Acton High School which is perhaps the best in the district. It was established in 1906 and today provides high quality secondary education to a total of 1.157 boys and girls from the ages of 11 to 18. Among its most notable pupils are:
- Chemist Sir Austin Bide
- Footballer Paul Bruce
- Musician Ian Gillan
- Actor Anthony Valentine
- Olympic rower Caroline O`Connor
- Petroleum geologist Colin Phipps
Other notable schools in Acton are the Twyford Church of England High School (est. 1954), The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls (est. 1974), Barbara Speake Stage School (est. 1945), King Fahad Academy (est. 1985) and the Japanese School in London (est. 1965). The area is served by seven railway and tube stations which is why a large number of commuters opt to live in the district.
Greenford, UB6, is a suburb which lies in the central parts of Ealing. It has an estimate population of 46.000 and was once part of the historic county of Middlesex. The junction of Charing Cross is located at exactly eleven miles from the district. The Greenford Heritage Centre is arguably the most visited landmark in the area. It showcases a large collection of 20th British-made domestic paraphernalia. The London Motorcycle Museum is another well-known local venue. It was opened in 1999 and as its name suggest it is dedicated to the British motorcycle industry. According to the latest numbers it welcomes approximately 250.000 visitors per year. The suburb is served by the Greenford Station which dates back to 1904 and presently sits on the Central Line from the London Underground and the Greenford Branch Line from the National Rail network. It is used by over five million people annually. The nearest tube station is situated in the adjacent district of Sudbury.
The town of Hanwell is one of the largest districts in the Borough of Ealing. It is the location of the Hermitage which is one of the city’s most visited places of interest. The cottage orné was built by Dr. George Henry Glasse in 1809 and is one of the best preserve structures of its kind in the United Kingdom. It is classified as a Grade II edifice. Other notable landmarks in Hanwell, W7, are St. Mary’s Church, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Mellitus Church, Hanwell Tower Clock, Brent Lodge Park and Animal Centre, Wharncliffe Viaduct, Elthorne Park, and the Hanwell Community Centre. Throughout the years a number of famed people such as Steven Benbow, Charlie Chaplin, John Conolly, Brian Whelan, Henry Scott Tuke, Steve McQueen, Jim Marshall and more have lived in the district. The Hanwell Railway Station is the area’s main transportation hub and it provides transportation services to over 300.000 people yearly.
Bedford Park, W4, is a district which is situated in the southeastern parts of Ealing. The area is known for its numerous Grade II listed edifices. It is recognised as a Conservation Area which is why it has preserved its authentic atmosphere. It is considered to be one of the greenest neighbourhoods in the borough as all its trees are protected due to the district’s status. Bedford Park is connected to the other parts of the city by a number of bus routes which pass through it on regular basis. The nearest rail link (Turnham Green Tube Station is located in the nearby area of Chiswick.