Mystery building

Mystery building
This building can be found in the middle of West Middlesex golf course in Dormers Wells, Southall. I think it looks like a old water company building but I can’t find a reference to it. Edited to add: I did find a reference on a map from the 30s to confirm that this was a valve house so it is related to waterworks. The golf course is in the Brent river valley.

Hanwells of Hanwell Rolls Royce & Bentley Specialists

Hanwells of Hanwell

For as long as I can remember, this showroom has been selling secondhand luxury cars on the Uxbridge Road in Hanwell.

[Update] A recent revelation via the Twitter account @EalingCinema is that the building was once a cinema called the Coronation Hall Picture Palace, a rather grandiose name, I feel. Here it is on a map from 1914, and you can also see the Grand Electric Theatre (latterly the Tudor) on Cherington Road.

Hanwell cinemas (Middlesex XV.11 Revised 1912 Published 1914)

I have also found the listings for them in Kelly’s Directory of Middlesex, 1914.

Kelly's Directory 1914

(This post was first published in January.)

Hanwell war memorial

I’ve always wondered why Hanwell doesn’t have a war memorial. I guess it is something to do with the Hanwell Urban District Council being small and then being absorbed into Ealing Council in 1926. I wonder if the Ealing war memorial does include Hanwell war dead. I think I have written myself into a project.

Anyway, there is a memorial to the boy scouts of Hanwell who fell in both wars. It and the surrounding trees areĀ in Churchfields Recreation Ground near the Wharncliffe Viaduct.

Boy Scouts Memorial

The Market

The Market on Studley Grange Road

I may have lived here nearly 20 years but it was only today that my attention was arrested by this sign for The Market at the top of Studley Grange Road. Essentially it means that SGR begins about 20 metres south of Boston Road. I’m intrigued by what was at the top of the road on the other side where the flats are – Victorian houses that were pulled down or maybe there were shops and other businesses there?