Renowned for the legendary Ealing studios, the borough of Ealing
lies in the heart of west London. Ealing has a diverse culture and is a
lively place, with plenty to see and do. Ealing is twinned with
Ealing is only 20 minutes from the West End. Ealing
Borough has a population of 301,553 according to the 2001 census, ethnic
minorities make up over a third of Ealing's population.
The seven districts of the borough are Ealing, Hanwell,
Acton, Southall, Greenford, Perivale and Northolt. These developed from
eight Saxon villages and settlements. Originally under the shire of
Middlesex, the borough was rural, with a small population. Greenford,
Northolt, Hanwell and Acton were mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086.
Huge changes in transport, particularly the building of the
Great Western Railway in 1838, urbanised the rural district of Ealing. This
provided a cheap method of getting into central London. A Victorian suburb
emerged, with houses for office workers, high streets, factories and
Ealing Film Studios
In 1904, William George Barker, an established film producer
moved to Ealing Green. There he set up Barker Motion Photography and within
eight years they became the largest studios in England. The Studio's peak
was during the 40s and early 50s, with successful productions like the
Ealing Comedies. In 1955 the studios were sold to the BBC who used them
mainly for producing TV programmes. Today, the studios are no longer owned
by the BBC but are used by production companies.
Ealing is a commuter's paradise. On its doorstep lies
central London, accessed by the Central, District and Piccadilly tube lines.
The rail network provides access to Reading, Slough and Paddington. The
nearest airport is
eight miles away.
airports are reached through
the M25. The Victorians moved to Ealing because of its ideal location, an
aspect that remains very desirable today.
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