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INTRODUCING HOUNSLOW Much of the borough used to be market gardens growing flowers, fruit and vegetables that supplied central London. The area was considered a retreat from the busy capital, with many of the nobility building stately homes such as Boston Manor House and Syon House, and successful professionals buying country homes in Chiswick and the villages beyond. In 1965 the borough’s boundary was set as it is today, and in 2015, Hounslow celebrates 50 years of being part of Greater London.

The borough has always been very well-connected, regarded as London’s international gateway, with its intricate network of roads, rail, tube trains and buses and its close proximity to Heathrow Airport. As far back as the Middle Ages, Hounslow was a staging post on the route to London. Located at the junction of Bath Road and Staines Road, Hounslow town and its neighbouring villages grew by meeting the needs of travellers journeying between London and the west of England. The Bell, a pub at the western end of Hounslow High Street is the successor to the Bell Inn, once one of many coaching inns on the High Street. In 1650 a parliamentary survey found 120 inns within a mile of Hounslow and that up to 500 coaches and 1,500 horses passed through the town every day. In 1805, the Grand Union Canal, following a section of the River Brent, connected Brentford to Birmingham to carry freight from the Midlands to London.

The section of the A4 also known as the Golden Mile

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The Great West Road – a by-pass for Brentford and Hounslow – was opened in 1925 by King George V and Queen Mary. The stretch between Chiswick and Syon Lane soon became known as the Golden Mile as illustrious

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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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