A fox in West Ealing

A fox in West Ealing

This lovely bit of street art is on the wall of a house on Croft Gardens which I thought was in West Ealing (W13) but is, in fact, in Hanwell (W7).

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Hanwell Community Centre

Hanwell Community Centre

Hanwell Community Centre is the old administrative block of the former Central London District School for the children of the poor. Charlie Chaplin was the best known resident. He was there from 1896-1898 along with his brother when their mother was too ill to look after them herself.

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Postmen are strange

Postmen are strange

Graffiti on a Victorian post box on Golden Manor near the junction with Campbell Road in 2006.

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The Broadway

The Broadway

The building on the corner of Hanwell Broadway/Uxbridge Road and Boston Road. This was once a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

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Lock 95

Lock 95

Replacing the gates at lock 95 on the Grand Union Canal (part of the Hanwell Flight) in 2008.

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Welcome to Hanwell

Welcome to Hanwell

Welcome to Hanwell sign on Boston Road just outside Boston Manor station.

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The Lodger (1927)

This is a Hitchcock film and it even has an appearance by the man himself to make its point.

I have seen this before but I was happily watching this with the lodger as villain until it finally occurred to me how unlikely that actually was. I thought the older actors were splendid particularly Marie Ault as the mother. Malcolm Keen lacked charm but even if he had been nice there is no way he could compete with the beautiful Ivor Novello. Some women back then really did like them the opposite of rugged. I can’t bring myself to criticise acting and make up styles from 90 years ago. We happily accept Chinese opera or Kabuki without rolling our eyes at its outdated style so I don’t mind Novello wearing as much make up as June.

It is rightly lauded as making use of pure cinema techniques such as using a transparent floor to show the lodger’s pacing but there are also clever bits like showing the light fittings swaying to illustrate the same idea – you can practically hear him. It was also beautifully designed with lovely tinting and (I wish they were in colour) intertitle designs by E. McKnight Kauffer.

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The only thing I don’t like is the square in which several scenes were shot which was so unrealistic that it looked just like a stage set.

Alma fact: another assistant director credit (was this a normal credit for the time or was it a special one for the work she put in?)
Appearance by a cat or dog: two cats
Trains: none
Source: Alfred Hitchcock – The Early Years DVD (Concorde Video)

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Ponies

Ponies

Ponies in a field at Billets Hart Allotments on Green Lane.

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Ormond Draper and Ladies Outfitter

Ormond

Ghost sign as seen from Station Road.

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King George’s Field

King George's Field

The playing field entrance on St Mark’s Road.

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