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HOUNSLOW Northumberland and St Albans were ambushed at the end of the 1600s. It is believed to be a sometime haunt of the infamous Dick Turpin in the 1730s, who has been credited with staying at most of the old pubs in the Hounslow area. Some highwaymen gained a reputation for gallantry. Frenchman Claude Duval, danced with a beautiful victim only releasing her rich husband when paid ÂŁ100 ransom. When caught and hanged the bodies of these highwaymen were often

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brought back to the scene of their crimes. Over time so many hanging gallows sprinkled the heath that they were considered landmarks and recorded on 18th century maps. The remaining stretches of the heath that exists today is a designated nature reserve with its heathland and grasslands protected. The different species spotted there include sparrowhawks, kestrels, tufted duck chicks, grass snakes, weasels and azure damselflies.

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Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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