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The world around us is in constant turmoil from change, which can cause us to over-look the changes taking place closer to home, in our own neighbourhood. This brief sketch is about some changes which have taken place since the 18th Century to the present day.
St. Marks Church built in 1879 was closed in 1980, and converted into the flats of St. Marks Court.
The Methodist Church built in 1894, also on Lower Boston Road, changed ownership in 1904 when the Methodists moved to Church Road.
The Salvation Army came to Hanwell in 1891, and was located at the corner of Station Road and Uxbridge Road. In 1894 they moved to the Boston Road, somewhere near the present Ambulance Station. From 1904 they occupied the old Methodist Church premises until 2000.Last year the Salvation Army sold these premises, which are now the William Hobbayne Centre and the base for Age Concern. This leaves us with the Baptist Church at the corner of Humes Avenue.
The Hanwell Cottage Hospital built in 1900 in Green Lane, closed in 1978 and was replaced with the 24 flats of Mount Olive Court. A small clinic also in Green Lane, has been replaced with houses.
St. Marks School on the corner of Green Lane and the Lower Boston road opened in 1855. Alterations and extensions have been carried out at various dates, the most recent of which was 2001.
Billets Hart, an area of some 50 flats and houses, stands on the site of an old dye works which stood there from 1896.
Careful scrutiny can detect a significant number of corner shops, which existed along Bostonthorpe Road, St. Margarets Road and Churchfield Road. A "fish and chip shop and launderette" existed at the top of Studley Grange Road. Number 30 Osterley Park Road was a "dyers and cleaners".
So much has changed, that this is a very incomplete picture, you may know of other changes which can be included in later Newsletters.The Search still continues to find and develop any of the small open spaces which still remain in the area.
It is important that we the present residents take note of future proposals, as they invariably reduce the space between existing houses, increase the population density and bring more cars to our roads.In the end we may allow development to irreparably damage the character of Olde Hanwell as we know and enjoy it today, hence we need to be very alert to changes proposed in the future.
Derek Smith. March 2002.
Bruce Tarran, Nov 2010.