The London Borough of Ealing is a large city located in West London. It is identified as one of the major metropolitan areas in the London Plan and serves the city of London as a key suburb for providing transport, commuters and other financially beneficial services to the British capital. This article provides you with an overview of the London Borough of Ealing.
History of Ealing
Archaeological findings suggest that people have been settling in the Ealing area for over 7,000 years. Iron age pots have been discovered in the area which takes the area back to these times. The earliest recording of the area in the Saxon period occurred when it was known as 'Gillingas.'
Overview of Ealing
Interestingly, the earliest surviving English census comes from Ealing in 1599, and lists Ealing as a village with only 85 households. It gives the names and occupations of each of the residents. In the 1800s, more affluent residents began moving in to the Ealing district as the Uxbridge road was developed giving the district a direct access to London City centre. As this road became busier, overnight inns and pubs were set up and the area grew both economically and in population. Because of this great access to London, Ealing was dubbed the 'Queen of The Suburbs'.
In the present-day, Ealing is still known as 'Queen of The Suburbs' because of its fantastic transport links into central London. Earling is served by the overground station of Ealing Broadway which connects Ealing on main train lines stretching along the M4 corridor and to the north.
Underground stations and film studios
The area has three underground stations: North Ealing, South Ealing and Ealing Common. These three stations are all a part of the Picadilly line. As well as being a commuter district, the
present-day Ealing is well-known for its film studios which are the oldest in the world. Most recently, these studios have produced the films 'Notting Hill' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest.'
Ealing has fifteen churches and one giant abbey, known as the 'Ealing Abbey' for the Christian community. There are also two well-established synagogue's for the prominent Jewish community that exist within the area.
Despite its large area size, Ealing does not have its own registered professional football team, but the teams of Brentford and Queens Park Rangers exist within the area. Ealing also has a successful local running club which is the home of the double Olympic gold winning runner Dame Kelly Holmes.