Hillingdon Stories

Hillingdon Stories tell the history and tales of the borough through its people, buildings and natural environment. Explore the images and find out more about the fascinating past and present of Hillingdon.

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Learn about West Drayton's oldest shop and what a rare 1766 inventory of goods reveals about it.
Explore the story of the herbs in the walled garden of Eastcote House Gardens.
The story of one of Eastcote's lost houses and those who lived there.
Follow the story of one of the oldest fire engines in existence.
Compare modern and 1850s Uxbridge (west side of the high street) - through the words of Victorian resident Thomas Strutt.
Compare modern and 1850s Uxbridge (east side of the high street) - through the words of Victorian resident Thomas Strutt.
Stories collected from local residents during lockdown.
Learn about the history of Southlands Art Centre from the 16th century, its rebuild in 1877 and its new role in the 1960s as an arts centre.
This video features photos from the centre's past, how they've been managing in lockdown and exciting plans for their future.
Paul's account of life in Hillingdon's first lockdown, with footage taken on a cautious walk into Botwell.
Nushei tells us about his love and creation of art and support for the local community.
In this census year, Borough Curator Susan Dalloe tells the story of women in Hillingdon through census taking in the past.
A family tribute by Shafiq Zeshan Mirza.
This film was made using footage from a typical Wednesday evening in March 2018 plus images of the theatre during lockdown.
By Brian Simmons.
A short story by Brandon Butterfield
Tim's poem inspired by a walk along the Grand Union Canal, past the Nestlé factory in Hayes, featuring photos he took along the way.
See how our healthcare has changed during the last 100 years and find out about local hospitals with historical significance.
A poem inspired by a 1920s' photo album, recording the service soldiers gave to the First World War.
In 1918, the 'Representation of the People's Act' was passed to give women over the age of 30 the right to vote.
Anderson shelters were small, pre-fabricated air raid or bomb shelters, which civilians used for protection during air raid attacks.
A Halloween story, made with the help of the Friends of Cranford Country Park.
Look back at events, achievements and read interesting facts about Hillingdon's sporting history.