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BEDFONT, FELTHAM & HANWORTH The medieval St Mary the Virgin Church, on the edge of the village green, is the borough’s oldest surviving church. It has a Norman chancel (the part of the church near the altar reserved for the clergy and the choir), a chancel arch and doorway, wall paintings from 1250, and wonderfully dominant topiary made from yew trees of more than 300 years of age. Today they are considered the largest sculpted examples in London. St Mary’s Church, Bedfont

The grade II listed Pates Manor, which stands behind the church, is the oldest house in the borough with one wing dating from 1496. And, Fawns Manor, on the south side of the Green has been converted into flats and dates from the 16th century. Two man-made rivers flow past Bedfont. The Duke of Northumberland’s River, which provided power to run the gunpowder mills at Baber Bridge, and Longford River, excavated 400

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years ago to feed the fountains and ornamental ponds of Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park. Feltham, like many areas in the borough, was built on market gardening until well into the 20th century. It was it’s main economy. From the 1930s onwards, the gardens were replaced with light industry, gravel extraction and new housing. The village green and pond continue to provide a focal point for the ever changing Feltham High Street. In 1784 General William Roy set out the baseline of what would become the Ordnance Survey across Hounslow Heath, passing through Feltham. Today, he is commemorated by a local pub of the same name (see p62-p65). The Ministry of Defence’s Defence Geographic Centre still has a base here, producing detailed maps used by the armed forces.

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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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