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50 years of Hillingdon

Hillingdon Council celebrated its golden anniversary in April 2016 and a programme of activities took place throughout the year to mark this important milestone.

The activities included a range of libraries events, An Oral History of Hillingdon in the Swinging Sixties, a mixed faith church service, a floral display at civic venues and fireworks!

Hillingdon's modern history

This short film looks back on some of the defining moments in the borough's history using archive film footage dating back to 1922, then through the last 100 years ending in some of the borough's most recent achievements.

Watch more historic films.

Brief history

The Local Government Act of 1963 established 32 London boroughs, each governed by an elected borough council. The borough of Uxbridge, the urban district of Hayes and Harlington, the urban district of Ruislip-Northwood, and the urban district of Yiewsley and West Drayton became the London Borough of Hillingdon on 1 April 1965.

Coat of arms The former district councils were initially unable to decide upon a name for the second largest borough in London but after discussions they agreed on Hillingdon.

The coat of arms for the London Borough of Hillingdon was granted on 22 March 1965. To ensure the whole area felt included in the new, larger local authority, the coat of arms incorporated many symbols from the arms of the previous borough and urban district councils. View the interactive coat of arms »

Hillingdon's population has increased from 220,000 in 1965 to 290,000 today. During the last 50 years, the council has influenced the lives of local people, supporting children's education, developing new leisure and recreational facilities, providing help and assistance for older residents and facilitating the building of new homes. 

Transport links have expanded and the economy has grown, with major developments and global companies establishing their presence and encouraging business growth.

Hillingdon also continues to celebrate its green credentials, preserving its history as a borough where town and country meets.  It maintains over 200 green spaces for residents to enjoy, boasting more green flags than any other local authority in Great Britain.

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