Friday, 4 January 2013

River Brent - Perivale

River Brent
The Brent flows south westwards in a convoluted route

Post to the east Perivale
Post to the west Greenford

Argyle Road
Hanwell Town Football Club. This was formed in 1920 by a group of Geordies working locally who adopted Newcastle United colours. They moved to the current site, called Reynolds Field, in 1981 and now have a stand named for Bob Fisher the current chairman.
Enclosure at the A40 junction of water main equipment where the line of the main has crossed the A40

Cuckoo Avenue
Main axis road of the Cuckoo Hall Estate. This is the northern part of the Former drive leading to the Central London District Schools, and is planted with horse chestnuts planted as the approach road,

Cuckoo Estate 
This square covers is the northern tip of the LCC Cuckoo Estate was built in 1933-39 on the land of the former Central London District Schools. It was laid out in the garden suburb tradition, mostly in 1933-9
Hanwell Park. The school itself was laid out in the grounds of Hanwell Park – but this again is the northern tip of the estate.

Greenford Avenue
Brentside High School.  Specialist arts college.

Kennedy Road
Brentside Primary School

Railway Line
Crosses Ruislip Road and the Brent on a 320 ft brick viaduct which was built by the Great Western Railway 1890s

Ruislip Road East
Gurnell Leisure Centre. Pool etc. run, as ever, by Greewnich Leisure Ltd.

Stockdove Way
Enterprise Lodge this is owned by Ealing Mencap and is a new building from 2000, the second such building here. It is used as a day and training centre.
Perivale Maternity Hospital.  The Perivale Maternity home opened in 1937, taking over services from the Chiswick and Ealing Maternity Hospital. The Hospital closed in 1986 and services were transferred to the Maternity Unit at Ealing Hospital. The Hospital building was demolished and replaced by a Notting Hill Housing Trust housing development. 
Perivale Park. This area was cornfields and then sports grounds.  Ealing Town Council bought it from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1934.
West London Shooting Grounds. Used by Holland and Holland after they used their Kensal Rise site and before the moved to Wembley
Perivale Park Athletic Track. The track was opened in 1987 by Linford Christie & Tessa Sanderson. It was laid by Ealing Council's Recreational Services Ltd. and has had a number of upgrades since including a new pavilion.
Perivale Park Golf Course. This is now run by My Time. The water main runs across it under a causway with a line of metal mark posts.

Trailfinders Sports Ground
The Club grounds were owned in the late 1800's by the Great Western Railway and used as a rest area and hospital for their horses and mules. In 1900 The GWR Sports and Social Club was based here, In 1997 Trailfinders Charity bought the freehold of the club. A brand new second pavilion was built in 2000. In August 2005 the Old Pavilion was burnt down and there is now a new pavilion on the site

Western Avenue
South Greenford Station.  Opened in 1926 by the Great Western Railway it is approached by footpaths either side of the embankment from Western Avenue.  Despite the name it is north east of the centre of Greenford, not south. Rebuilt in the 1960 with bus stop style shelters, ticket offices with steel shutters and big padlocks. ‘Halt’ name removed from the name boards but GWR benches survived.  .

Sources
Better. Web site.
London Encyclopaedia,
Lost Hospitals of London. Web site
Middlesexcountycouncil. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry, North West London
Stevenson, Middlesex
Trailfinders. Web site
Walford, Village London

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