The new urban district council held its first meeting at Northwood School on 1 October, the day after forming. King's End was developed as a residential road in the early s. By , the first of the new homes were completed and residents began to move into them.
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The road was named King's End Avenue, though reverted to the original name of King's End later in the century. The district experienced a sharp rise in population, from 6, in to 72, in , caused by the extension of the Metropolitan Railway, termed Metro-land , which brought with it an increase in suburban house building.
As a consequence, the district was one of the first in England to devise a statutory planning scheme in , following the Housing and Town Planning Act Elgood, an architect, and the Clerk to the Council, Mr. Members of the council had already raised concerns over some of the new building work around Eastcote and South Ruislip, and the new development near Northwood station which they described as "badly arranged and closely-packed".
Together with King's College, the urban district council worked to establish plots of land for development around Ruislip and Ruislip Manor. They plan to create a symmetrical design spreading across Ruislip parish.
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Many of the woods and historic sites including Manor Farm were to be demolished and cleared as part of the plan, making way for a projected total of 7, homes, enough for 35, residents. Only St. Martin's Church would have been spared. An outline map was made public on 30 November with few objections recorded.
A Local Board inquiry followed on 17 February which required negotiations with landowners to allow for a full planning scheme to be compiled. This was presented in February with an adaptation of the original Soutars plan, receiving approval from the Local Government Board in September Three roads with residential housing, Manor Way, Windmill Way and Park Way were completed before the outbreak of the First World War when all construction work was halted.
It did not resume until Manor Farm and the local woods eventually avoided demolition in January , after the visit by a member of the Royal Society of Arts to choose the buildings that should be conserved. The Great Barn and Little Barn were singled out from the site, together with the old post office, the Old Bell public house and the Priest's House of the local church. The woods were included in a sale by King's College to the district in February Under a year lease, the council agreed to maintain the wood and ensure no new building was constructed without the permission of the county council.
An area of the wood to the south was not included in the lease agreement and three residential roads were later constructed on it. On 19 December a Railway Air Services Dakota 3 airliner taking-off from Northolt Aerodrome crashed into a house in Angus Drive, Ruislip, fortunately with no serious injuries to anyone, either in the aircraft or on the ground. The crew had tried to land the aircraft twice unsuccessfully when the aircraft struck a tree on the third approach attempt.
Of the 18 passengers and crew on board, one crew member was killed in the crash. In , the Portland Spy Ring was uncovered. Peter and Helen Kroger were found to have been involved whilst living in Ruislip. They were visited each Saturday evening by Gordon Lonsdale and were eventually placed under police surveillance. The Krogers were eventually arrested and found to have codes, a microdot reader and film of the Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment in Portland Harbour concealed within ordinary household items. A radio transmitter hidden in the garden was not retrieved until Primrose Hill Farm was demolished to make way for housing in The farmhouse had been owned by the manor of Northolt under the name of Berrengers.
Bishop Winnington Ingram School moved to Southcote Rise in and the original school building was demolished. In , the war memorial dedicated to those killed during the First World War was moved from the graveyard of St Martin's to the entrance of Manor Farm. In , the Battle of Britain House , built within Copse Wood in , was destroyed by fire and the ruins demolished. The house became a college in and included plaques with the crests of all Royal Air Force squadrons involved in the Battle of Britain as a memorial.
The work was completed in June the following year,  and included the renovation of the Grade II listed library. Between and , Ruislip-Northwood experienced a significant rise in population largely due to the extension of the railway. In , the population of five wards which approximate to the Ruislip area was 58, Ruislip formed an ancient parish of 6, acres Due to increasing population, the parish split off from the rural district and formed the Ruislip-Northwood Urban District , with the parish council replaced by an urban district council.
The non-league club Wealdstone FC is based at the Grosvenor Vale Stadium, although the club is originally from Harrow and have been based in Ruislip since Ruislip Rugby Club is based in West End Road and was formed in , succeeding an earlier club from around Ruislip Golf Course, on Ickenham Road, was opened in , and is operated by a private company on behalf of the London Borough of Hillingdon.
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The club was originally based in Eastcote, from where it took its name, but moved to the present location in The buildings at the north end of Ruislip High Street, Nos 1 to 15, the Duck House restaurant and the Swan public house, which has since been operated as Cafe Rouge, form the core of the original village and are Grade II listed. It was moved again in to sit outside 7—15 High Street. To the north of Ruislip High Street, the 22 acres 8.
Ruislip Lido is a nineteenth century reservoir with an artificial sand beach, surrounded by woodlands through which runs the Ruislip Lido Railway , a miniature 12" gauge railway with diesel and steam locomotives. The Lido was established as a reservoir to feed the Grand Union Canal by damming and flooding the lower part of the valley between Park Wood and Copse Wood, including the hamlet of Park Hearn.
Work began in ; the consulting engineer John Rennie announced completion of the project to the Grand Junction Waterworks Company on 5 December that year.
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Following the extension of the Metropolitan Railway to Ruislip, and the resulting influx of visitors to the area, Albert Cross built a bungalow from where teas were served to day-trippers. This became a success and Cross had the building expanded, which soon became the Orchard Hotel. Between and it became an Ansells licensed bar and well known high class restaurant.
It then became a Berni Inn then Beefeater restaurant, which it remains, and was recently extended with a Premier Inn hotel. The owner was known to open a bottle of champagne for each German aircraft shot down by the squadron. But the discovery of the Ruislip bed was a surprise, said Skipper, since rises in sea level do not usually leave such well-preserved traces of previous sediments, and it is known that sea levels continued to rise after the bed was formed.
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Skipper said ground investigations are crucial before construction of HS2 begins. Dave Entwisle, an engineering geologist at the British Geological Survey said it was very unusual to find such deposits in that area. In such conditions, he said, a bed of sand and gravel was often deposited ; a thick bed of flint gravel covered parts of what is now London.
The woodland marsh may have only existed for a relatively short time before river deposits covered it. Upgrading the A1 While turning the A1 into a motorway in North Yorkshire, archaeologists discovered a number of intriguing artefacts including a rare bug-shaped Roman brooch and a tiny sword with an iron blade and bone handle that, some suggest, might have been a gift to the gods. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Geology.
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