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Coordinates: 51°26′59″N 0°24′32″W / 51.4496°N 0.4089°W / 51.4496; -0.4089

Feltham
Feltham is located in Greater London
Feltham

 Feltham shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ105735
London borough Hounslow
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FELTHAM
Postcode district TW13, TW14
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Feltham and Heston
London Assembly South West
List of places: UK • England • London

Feltham (pronounced /ˈfɛltəm/) is a town in the London Borough of Hounslow, West London.[1] It is located about 13 miles (21 km) west-southwest of central London at Charing Cross and 2 miles (3.2 km) from Heathrow Airport Central.[2] It is the location of Feltham Young Offenders' Institution,[3] situated near the town's border with Ashford and the neighbouring village of East Bedfont.

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History

Feltham formed an ancient parish in the Spelthorne hundred of Middlesex.[4] In 1831 it occupied an area of 2,620 acres (11 km2) and had a population of 924.[5] From 1894 to 1904 the Felham parish was included in the Staines Rural District.[4] In 1901 the parish had a population of 4,534[5] and in 1904 it was split from the rural district to form the Feltham Urban District.[6]. In 1932 the parishes of Hanworth and East Bedfont were also transferred from the Staines district to the council of Feltham Urban District. The former area of Feltham Urban District became part of Greater London in 1965 as part of the London Borough of Hounslow.[7]

In 1784 General William Roy set out the baseline of what would become the Ordnance Survey across Hounslow Heath, passing through Feltham.[8] General Roy is commemorated by a local pub. The MOD Defence Geographic Centre still has a base in Feltham.

Feltham Railway Station sign

The main economic activity of the Feltham area was market gardening until well into the twentieth century. A popular variety of pea is known as "Feltham First" as it was first grown in the town. The market gardens were largely replaced with light industry and new housing from the 1930s onwards, but this is still one of the greenest areas in Greater London and includes three rivers, part of the once vast Hounslow Heath, a country park formed from converted gravel pits, and one of London's first airfields, London Air Park, which is now a large and popular public open space.

The town has also been associated with land and air transport for over a century. In what is now the Leisure West complex, the Feltham tramcar was once manufactured and ran along the tracks of many municipal operators, though never in Feltham itself. In the same area of the town, aircraft manufacture was an important industry, particularly during the war years. Feltham was also home to Britain's second largest railway marshalling yards and was a target for Luftwaffe bombs several times during the second world war.

Local government and politics

The town forms part of Feltham and Heston Parliament constituency and the South West London Assembly constituency.[9] There are two Council wards in Feltham - Feltham North and Feltham West - though locals may include sections of the Hanworth Park ward, part of which begins to the south of the railway line to the east of the high street, and even parts of Bedfont as being "Feltham".[10]

Suburbs

North Feltham, Lower Feltham, Hatton, Felthamhill (actually just inside Surrey and officially part of Sunbury).

Nearby Bedfont and Hanworth are considered sub-towns in themselves and not part of Feltham.

Redevelopment

The town is a focus for redevelopment within Hounslow.[1] The Centre, Feltham, opened in 2006, is a mixed use development of a hotel, 800 homes, 50 shops, a library and medical centre.[1]

Famous residents

  • Freddie Mercury of the band Queen. Lived in the town between 1964 and 1968 and his parents were residents until shortly before Mercury (born Farokh Bulsara in Zanzibar) died. On 24 November 2009, the eighteenth anniversary of the musician's death, a permanent memorial was unveiled in Feltham's town centre piazza, by Brian May alongside Freddie's mother, Jer Bulsara, and his sister. The Hollywood-style granite star is the first permanent memorial to the world-famous musician in the UK

In pop culture

Transport

Nearby Hatton Cross tube station, which is on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line, serves the residents of Feltham, with bus routes 90, 285, 490, H26 and H25 running frequent servies through the town to the station.

The town is also served by Feltham railway station with rail service to Waterloo, Windsor and Eton Riverside and Reading, and London Buses services to Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, Hounslow, Brentford, Heathrow and Staines.[11] The nearest places are Hounslow, East Bedfont, Ashford, Hanworth, Cranford, Staines and Sunbury.[2]

Gallery

Gallery

Feltham Gallery [12]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hounslow London Borough Council. New future for Feltham'. 14 July 2006.
  2. ^ a b Hounslow London Borough Council - Borough map
  3. ^ politics.co.uk - politics.co.uk - What is a Young Offender Institution?
  4. ^ a b Vision of Britain - Feltham parish history (historic map)
  5. ^ a b Vision of Britain - Feltham parish area and population
  6. ^ Vision of Britain - Feltham UD
  7. ^ Vision of Britain - Hounslow UD
  8. ^ J.B.Harley 1969, cartographical notes to Reprint of the first edition of the one-inch Ordnance Survey of England and Wales, Sheet 71 London, David and Charles, ISBN 0-7153-4615-6
  9. ^ Hounlsow London Borough Council - GLA Member
  10. ^ Hounlsow London Borough Council - Your Councillors by Ward
  11. ^ Transport for London - Buses from Feltham
  12. ^ http://www.cdrake.co.uk/GALLERIES/Feltham%20Gallery/index.html

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to London/West article)

From Wikitravel

Chiswick House
Chiswick House

West London is the outer west district of London.

Understand

West London's obvious popularity with travellers and short- to mid-term residents (backpackers, working holiday makers, etc.) can be explained by a number of factors, not least its proximity to Heathrow Airport, London's largest airport, and its multiple, easy transport connections with the West End and Central London.

The geography of West London is dominated by the River Thames as it winds its way eastward from the Lower Thames Valley towards the sea. The river is a focus of life for many in West London, a place for riverside walks, cycling, rowing, sailing and pubbing.

Many outer areas of West London was once part of the county of Middlesex which no longer exists for administrative purposes. However, Middlesex is still part of the official postal address for these areas.

Boroughs

West London is itself made up of numerous suburbs, villages and satellite towns. Several areas of West London are particularly popular with travellers and backpackers, for their attractions, their facilities and their many accommodation options.

West London consists of the following boroughs:

  • Ealing [1] — known as the "Queen of the suburbs", transport hub and home to the famous Ealing Studios. The Borough of Ealing includes the following areas:
  • Ealing
  • Acton, an area popular with visiting Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans. Popular with travellers on account of its entertainment options, relatively cheap accommodation (short stay and rental) and excellent transport links with the rest of London and further afield. Although part of the London Borough of Ealing, Acton very much has its own identity.
  • Southall is also known as 'Little India', and a must-visit if you have the time to venture out of Central London. If you do only one thing when here, make sure you have a curry in one of the many authentic Asian restaurants.
  • Hillingdon [2] — the westernmost Borough of London includes:
  • Uxbridge, the administrative centre of Hillingdon borough. A vibrant area on the edge of London, good shopping experience and good transport links to the West End.
  • Hounslow [3] — a largely working class borough with many of the residents employed at nearby Heathrow airport includes the following areas:
  • Hounslow
  • Brentford
  • Chiswick, a leafy district, well-known for its wide variety of quality food outlets and venues.

Get in

West London enjoys multiple connections and throughways as the gateway of London to the west.

By tube

West London is well served by Tube connections with several lines running through and westwardly terminating within the area:

  • Piccadilly Line (blue) - Starts at Heathrow and runs into the West End and beyond.
  • District Line (green) - Broadly following the Thames from East and Central London - divides at Earls Court, then again at Turnham Green to terminate variously at Richmond, Ealing and Wimbledon via Fulham and Putney.
  • Central Line (red) - Starting at Ealing Broadway, the Central Line runs into Central London along the line of Oxford Street and the A40.
Ealing Broadway rail and Underground station
Ealing Broadway rail and Underground station

The tube station nearest to the centre of Ealing is Ealing Broadway, which is on the Central and District line, and also has a mainline rail connection (which terminates at Paddington). The journey from Paddington to Ealing Broadway on the mainline takes around 8-10 minutes.

Chiswick

By road

Travelling from the west, by far the quickest road access to Chiswick is the M4 Motorway linking London with the Lower Thames Valley, Bristol and South Wales. Following the motorway to its very end will bring you on the A4 Great West Road: turning first or second left (the latter at the traffic lights) will allow you to thread your way painlessly to Turnham Green and Chiswick High Road.

By tube

  • Chiswick Park station (District line)
  • Turnham Green station (District / Piccadilly line).

By train

Chiswick mainline station - located several hundred metres south of the Great West Road and Chiswick High Road, Chiswick mainline is part of the SouthWest Trains network and allows quick access to Clapham Junction, Battersea and Waterloo (amongst several other stations)

Uxbridge

The Tube links Uxbridge with the West End and Central London. Day buses depart for Uxbridge everyday and Night buses from Trafalgar square have Uxbridge as their terminus.

See

Although not as concentrated as Central London, West London's attractions are many:

  • Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Ln, Chiswick (Bus 190 (Hammersmith-Richmond)), [4]. W-Su and bank holidays 1 Apr-31 Oct 10AM-5PM, Sa until 2PM. Maintained by English Heritage, Chiswick House is a famous and fine example of the 18th century Palladian style of British architecture. The third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753),who designed this elegant Classical villa close to the Thames, drew inspiration from his grand tours of Italy, while William Kent was employed to create sumptuous interiors to contrast with the pure exterior. The classical gardens, although much reduced from their original size, are the perfect complement to the house. £4, children £2, concessions £3, family £10, EH members free.  edit
  • The Civic Centre, Uxbridge.  edit
  • Ealing Studios, [5]. Not open to the public. The oldest film studio in the world.  edit
  • Ealing Town Hall, 5 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2BY, +44 20 8579 2424, [6]. Victorian gothic building built in 1888 still in use as town hall.  edit
  • Windsor Street, Uxbridge. Take a stroll along this historic street.  edit
  • Ealing Common, Ealing.  edit
  • Ealing Green, Ealing.  edit
  • Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge.  edit
  • Lammas Park, Ealing.  edit
  • Osterly Park, Osterley Park House, Isleworth, TW7 4RB (tube: Osterley), +44 20 8232 5050 (, fax: +44 20 8232 5080), [7]. House 4 Mar-1 Nov W-Su 1PM-4:30PM; gardens 3 Mar-1 Nov W-Su 11AM-5; park 29 Mar-24 Oct 8AM-7:30PM, 25 Oct-28 Mar 8AM-6PM. House and gardens £8.40, children 5-16 £4.20, children under 5 free, family ticket (for two adults and up to three children) £21; gardens only £3.70, children 5-16 £1.85, children under 5 free; park free.  edit
  • Syon Park, Brentford, +44 20 8560 0881, [8]. House: 24 Mar-31 Oct W Th Su, bank holiday Mondays, Good Friday, Easter Saturday 11AM-5PM (last entry 4:15PM); Gardens: 10:30AM-5PM daily or dusk if earlier except 25-26 Dec. The stately home of the Dukes of Northumberland for 400 years, Syon House and its 200-acre estate are located between Brentford and Isleworth. The main house was built to a design by the English architect Robert Adams, the grounds laid out by Capability Brown. Well worth a visit. Syon House & Gardens & Great Conservatory: £7.50, concessions/child £6.50, family £17.00; Gardens & Great Conservatory: adults £3.75, concessions/child £2.50, family £9.00.  edit
  • Walpole Park, Ealing (Just east of the town square). Relaxing experience. There is a small pond and an ice cream stall. There are also great playground facilities, and even a miniature zoo!  edit
  • Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, W3 8LQ, +44 20 8992 1612 (, fax: +44 20 8752 0686). Apr-Oct 11AM-5PM, Nov-Mar 11AM-4PM. Local history museum for Ealing and Hounslow, housed in the former home of the Rothschild family. Free.  edit
  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN, +44 20 8568 4757 (, fax: +44 20 8569 9978). Tu-Su 11AM-4PM. Museum of London's water supply. Multi visit ticket £9.50.  edit
  • The Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DU, +44 20 8560 8108 (, fax: +44 20 8847 9383), [10]. Tu-Su 11AM-5:30PM. Museum of automatic instruments. £8.00, concessions £6.50, children under 16 accompanied by an adult free.  edit
  • PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5EQ (tube: Ealing Broadway), +44 20 8567 1227. Tu-F 1-5PM, Sa 11AM-5PM. Houses Pitzhanger Manor House and an art gallery.  edit
  • For Arts Sake, 45 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AS, +44 20 8579 6365 (fax: +44 20 8566 2974), [11]. M-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Modern British printmaking as well as ceramics and jewellery.  edit
  • Hounslow Urban Farm.  edit

Do

Ealing

Many events take place in Ealing each year, including

  • Ealing Jazz Festival, Ealing.  edit
  • Ealing Beer Festival, Ealing.  edit
  • Ealing Comedy Festival, Ealing. Ealing hosts an annual comedy festival in the summer. Speaking of comedy in Ealing, in the late 1940s and 1950s Ealing was famous for a series of comedy movies filmed there.  edit
  • Questors, Mattock Lane, Ealing. The cinema is currently under reconstruction, said to include over 10 screens!  edit

Buy

Like many of the UK's high streets Uxbridge has a wide range of shops.

  • Ealing Market, Leeland Road, Ealing. Street market with farm products.  edit
Ealing Broadway square at Christmas time
Ealing Broadway square at Christmas time
  • Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing (Moments from Ealing Broadway Station). Was opened by the Queen in 1987 and is home to many shops and a library. The enormous assortment includes WHSmith, Tchibo, Marks and Spencer, Tesco Metro, Boots and Argos.  edit
  • Arcadia Centre, Ealing (Opposite Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre).  edit
  • The Chimes Mall, Uxbridge. Among the the top 100 shopping destinations in the UK.  edit
  • The Pavillions, Uxbridge. Home to many high street names including Marks, Spencers and Argos to name but a few.  edit
  • Hippy Heaven, Ealing. Sells nice trinkets, jewelry, incense, and stones. There is also a tattoo/piercing shop, with skilled artists.  edit
  • The square in Ealing Broadway, Ealing. Often eventful, with beatiful decorations at Christmas time and musicians performing in the Summer. Christmas and Easter markets also take place in the shopping centre square.  edit

Eat

Chiswick is the areas of West London with the widest range of options. There are at least 30 restaurants in Chiswick. Chiswick High Road has the usual wide selection of fast food outlets and supermarket food. For the more discerning, an extensive range of restaurants and eateries exists for all tastes and budgets that makes Chiswick a definite destination for the gastronome.

There are fast food outlets and restaurants on the high street in Uxbridge.

There are numerous restaurants within minutes of Ealing Broadway Station serving cuisine from all around the world.

  • Coco's Noodle Bar, 70 The Mall, Ealinng, W5 5LS (tube: Ealing Broadway), +44 20 8840 8525. M-Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Oriental restaurant serving delicious food from all over East and Southeast Asia.  edit
  • Edwards, 28-30 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2XA, +44 872 148 4921. Breakfast and dinner-serving.  edit
  • The Green Cafe and Bar, 9 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA, +44 20 8579 7493. Has an extensive burger menu.  edit
  • Haha's, 5 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BG (tube: Ealing Broadway).  edit
  • My Old Dutch, 53 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 5AH (tube: Ealing Broadway), +44 20 8567 4486 (), [12]. Dutch pancake house. Mains from £6.95.  edit
  • Nandos, Feltham (In the centre of Feltham).  edit
  • The Okawari, 13 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AP, +44 20 8566 0466 (fax: +44 20 8566 2010), [13]. Su-Th noon-3PM, 6PM-11PM; F-Sa noon-3PM, 6PM-11:30PM. Famous for its wonderful Japanese food, and with Takara plum wine on the menu it is worth a trip. Boxes from £9.  edit
  • Thai Tiara, 76 Whitton High Street, Twickenham, TW2 7LS, +44 20 8898 3303.  edit
  • Caffè Uno, Ealing. Breakfast and dinner-serving.  edit
  • The Devonshire by Gordon Ramsay, 126 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, +44 8719611418, [14]. Gastropub revamped by Gordon Ramsay. Simple food, well cooked with friendly staff. Note that parking in the area can be difficult. Average price £25-35.  edit
  • High Road Brasserie, 162-164 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, +44 20 8742 7474, [15]. M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-1AM, Sa 8AM-1AM, Su 8AM-11PM. A recent addition to the High Street restaurant scene, highly reviewed in the local and national press. Menu includes brasserie classics, seafood platters, and fancy sandwiches. Daily set menu a real bargain at £15 a head for three courses. Three courses à la carte with wine averages £30-£45.  edit
  • Sam's Brasserie and Bar, Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick (Just off the High Street and adjacent to Turnham Green), +44 20 8987 0555, [16]. 9AM-midnight. Trendy, relaxed, foody eatery popular among locals. Two course menu £15.  edit
  • La Trompette, 5-7 Devonshire Rd, Chiswick (tube: Turnham Green 418 m, Chiswick Park 821 m), +44 20 8747 1836, [17]. Probably the best restaurant in West London, great value French cuisine, excellent wine list. Prix fixe at £23.50 for lunch, £29 for dinner, although an a-la-carte meal would generally be over £50.  edit
  • Henley's Restaurant and Bar, 140 Bath Road, Hayes Middlesex, UB3 5AW (At Radisson Edwardian Hotels), +44 20 8817 2607 (), [18]. M-F 7AM-midnight. Mains around £20.  edit
  • Qs Waters Edge, 4 Packet Boat Lane, Cowley, UB8 2.  edit

Drink

You will never be short of a pub in West London, with hundreds of great venues from Ealing to central London and beyond. Upmarket bars and clubs are also plentiful.

Ealing

Pubs in the centre of Ealing tend to be lively and rather noisy.

  • The Drayton, (Opposite West Ealing Station). Homely old fashioned pub.  edit
  • Finnegans Wake, Ealing Green. Cheap, lively and popular with students.  edit
  • The Haven Arms, (Near Ealing Broadway Station). Homely old fashioned pub.  edit
  • North Star, (Near the tube station). Slightly more upmarket and stocks a wide variety of draught beers.  edit
  • Redback Tavern, 264 High St, [19]. Haunt of many an Australasian backpacker and their hangers-on, a popular pub and live music venue.  edit

Uxbridge

Uxbridge is home to a many fine eateries and public houses. Many pubs are located along historic Windsor Street.

Feltham

Feltham's two main drinking establishments are

  • The Moon on the Square, (In The Centre). A Wetherspoon's chain pub.  edit
  • Red Lion, (On the corner of the High St and Browell's Ln). Used to have a giant boot in the beer garden for children to play in, but it has been removed. Has a new chef since summer 2009 and the lunchtime and evening food menus are good, as is the quality and price of the meals.  edit

Sleep

With its proximity to Heathrow Airport, Uxbridge has some good hotels. There is a recently opened (2009) travel lodge in the bus stations and numerous independent pubs offering accommodation in the local area.

  • Caspian Hotel, 14 Haven Green, Ealing, W5 2UU (Opposite Ealing Broadway Station), +44 20 8997 3524 (, fax: +44 20 8998 8236), [20]. On the slightly cheaper end of the scale. Doubles from £50.  edit
  • Travelodge, Feltham (Very close to Feltham train station and the shops). Doubles from around £30.  edit
  • The Bridge Hotel, Western Avenue, Greenford, UB6 8ST, +44 20 8566 6246 (, fax: +44 20 8566 6140). Doubles from £75.  edit
  • Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing (Between Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common Stations), [24]. Upmarket hotel. Doubles from £78.  edit
  • St. Giles Hotel, Feltham (Very close to Feltham train station and the shops), [25]. Doubles from around £75.  edit

Get out

The rest of London awaits, the green of Surrey is also an option. Richmond is next door, and Chiswick not too far away (two stops on the District Line)

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

FELTHAM, or [[Felltham, Owen]] (d. 1668), English moralist, was the son of Thomas Feltham or Felltham of Mutford in Suffolk. The date of his birth is given variously as 1602 and 1609. Hs is famous chiefly as the author of a volume entitled Resolves,Divine, Moral and Political, containing one hundred short and pithy essays. To later issues of the Resolves Feltham appended Lusoria, a collection of forty poems. Hardly anything is known of his life except that T. Randolph, the adopted "son" of Ben Jonson, addressed a poem of compliment to him, and became his friend, and that Feltham attacked Ben Jonson in an ode shortly before the aged poet's death, but contributed a flattering elegy to the J onsonus Virbius in 1638. Early in life Feltham visited Flanders, and published observations in 1652 under the title of A Brief Character of the Low Countries. He was a strict highchurchman and a royalist; he even described Charles as "Christ the Second." hallam stigmatized Feltham as one of our worst writers. He has not, indeed, the elegance of Bacon, whom he emulated, and he is often obscure and affected; but his copious imagery and genuine penetration give his reflections a certain charm. To the middle classes of the 17th century he seemed a heaven-sent philosopher and guide, and was only less popular than Francis Quarles the poet.

Eleven editions of the Resolves appeared before 1700. Later editions by James Cumming (London, 1806; much garbled; has account of Feltham's life and writings), and O. Smeaton in "Temple Classics" series (London, 1904).


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