- London Borough of Hounslow
Infobox London Borough | name = London Borough of Hounslow
short_name = Hounslow
London borough| area_rank = 292th
area_km2 = 55.98
ons_code = 00AT | adminhq =
ethnicity = 60.9% White
27.7% South Asian
url = http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/
leadership = Leader & Cabinet
mayor = Cllr Dr Genevieve Hibbs
gla_constituency = South West London
Tony ArbourThe London Borough of Hounslow (audio|En-uk-LBHounslow.ogg|pronunciation) is a London boroughin West London, England.
The borough council was controlled by Labour from 1971 until 2006. Labour lost control of the council in the 2006 local elections and, subsequently, the Conservative group have formed an alliance with the Community group councillors which, barring any political differences, will form the executive until the next elections in 2010.
Seat distribution as of April 2008:
Districts in Hounslow
It includes the areas:
** "see also"
Hounslow parks and open spaces
electoral wards of Hounslow are divided up into 5 "Areas", each of which is afforded a measure of self-government:
*Isleworth and Brentford
**Osterley and Spring Grove
*Heston and Cranford
The town of Hounslow, which has existed since the 13th Century, is located at the centre of the Borough of Hounslow. The name Hounslow means 'Hund's mound'; the personal name Hund is followed by the Old English "hlaew" meaning mound or barrow. (The mound may have been his burial place.) It was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Honeslaw". [Room, Adrian: “Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles”, Bloomsbury, 1988]
The borough was formed in 1965, under the
London Government Act 1963, by the merger of the area of the former Brentford and Chiswick Urban District, Feltham Urban Districtand the Heston and Isleworth Urban District(which held borough status as did Brentford and Chiswick) of Middlesex.
This outer borough of Greater London lies on the Middlesex bank of the
River Thamesand was the site of the first stop on an important coach route to Southampton, Bath, Bristoland Exeter. The A30 "Great South West Road" trunk road, which runs down to Penzancein Cornwall, starts in the borough. Hounslow town developed on either side of the main Great West Road from London to the West of England, causing a large number of inns to be built to serve the travellers. A few, such as "The Bell" retain their names, although the buildings have largely been replaced. The Bell marks the former junction of the coaching routes. Historic milestones are preserved on the Staines Road (now re-numbered as the A315 but joining the "old" A30 again just inside the borough's western boundary)
Hounslow grew rapidly in the latter half of the 20th century due to other travellers. This time it was mainly due to its connection to
Heathrow Airport, though in fact the aviation links date back to the early 1900s when some of London's earliest airfields were sited here because of the extremely flat terrain. The Great West Road, which runs from the start of the M4 motorwayat Chiswick westwards towards Heathrow, at one time contained some of the most famous manufacturing names in the world, including Firestone, Gillette, Coty. As a result, the area became known as the "Golden Mile". Few of these factory sites remain today, Gillette Cornerbeing one of the remaining few, but the Great West Road is still home to many prestigious names (see "famous companies" below).
The borough is served by branches of two
London Undergroundlines: the District and Piccadilly. Three District and five Piccadilly line stations are located within the borough, namely:
*Stamford Brook: District line, Richmond and Ealing Broadway branches;
*Turnham Green: District line, Richmond and Ealing Broadway branches and Piccadilly line (early mornings and late evenings only);
*Gunnersbury: District line, Richmond branch;
*Boston Manor: Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch;
*Osterley: Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch;
*Hounslow East: Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch;
*Hounslow Central: Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch; and
*Hounslow West: Piccadilly line, Heathrow branch.
In addition, a further three stations lie just outside the borough's northern boundaries. Chiswick Park and Acton Town (both in the
London Borough of Ealing) and Hatton Cross tube station(in the London Borough of Hillingdon) serve the borough's residents.
As well as the Underground, three
National Raillines serve the London Borough of Hounslow: the North London Line(part of the London Overgroundnetwork), the Hounslow Loop Lineand the mainline from Staines, Windsor and Reading into London Waterloowhich runs services from Feltham, both of which are operated by South West Trains.
The borough's railway stations are as follows:
North London Line: Gunnersbury.
Hounslow Loop Line: Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, Isleworth, Syon Lane, and Hounslow.
*on the mainline: Feltham.
Hugh Grant, grew up in Chiswick
Ant and Dec, television presenters, resident in Chiswick
Phil Collins, former drummer and singer with "Genesis", was born and educated in Chiswick.
Asif Mohammed Hanif, believed to have been the first suicide bomber in Israelfrom the UK, came from Hounslow.
William Hogarth: the 18th century artist owned a country retreat in Chiswick, which is now a museum. See Hogarth's House.
Patsy Kensit: (actress) grew up in Hounslow
Rula Lenska, actress resident in Chiswick
Sri Lanka-raised singer was born in the borough
Helen Mirren, actress born in Chiswick, star of the Prime Suspect detective series.
Jimmy Page, guitarist for legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, was born and raised in Heston
Captain Matthew Webbwas the first man to swim the English Channeland lived in East Bedfontfrom 1880 until his death in 1883 whilst trying to swim the rapids below the Niagara Falls
Olivia Hallinan: Currently playing "Kim" in "Sugar Rush"
The Bluetones: '90s Britpop band
Mungo Jerry: One hit wonder with 'In the summertime' was from Bedfont
* Charles Hawtrey:
Carry On Filmscomedian grew up in Hounslow
Jay Sean: Asian R'nB Artist lives in Heston with his family
Ian Gillan, hard rock vocalist of Deep Purple
The borough is home to the headquarters of
GlaxoSmithKline, and British Sky Broadcasting's studio complex, both based in Brentford's 'Golden Mile'. Fuller's Griffin Brewery is also in the borough, in Chiswick.
Hounslow local elections
* [http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/ The London Borough of Hounslow]
* [http://www.mychiswick.com Chiswick's local search engine]
* [http://hounslow.no-ip.com/index.php?page=history Hounslow Community - The history of Hounslow and the local area]
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