Ealing, in the
London Borough of Ealing, is a small town nicknamed the "Queen of
the Suburbs". Ealing is one of the ten major metropolitan centres of
London and has been occupied for at least 7,000 years according to
recent archaeological evidence.
Horsenden Hill in Ealing has proven to be a treasure trove for
artefacts including several Iron Age pots. The hill also provided
the grounds for an anti-aircraft battery that defended the nearby
factories from attach.
Ealing only became a town in Victorian times and saw the development
of several roads being built, schools built and drainage added.
Charles Jones is credited with most of the planning and work and
also designed Ealing Town Hall.
Today, Ealing has a substantial Polish Community that dates back to
World War II during the Battle of Britain. Many Polish pilots were
based at RAF Northolt (a nearby aerodrome).
In August 2001, Ealing was the victim of a bomb explosion near
Ealing Broadway Railway Station. The bomb caused damage to several
nearby shops and buildings and a number of people suffered minor
One of Ealing's best known landmarks is Ealing Studios. The studios
are notable for being the oldest in the world and have provided the
settings for several large scale movies such as Star Wars Episode
II: Attack of the Clones and Notting Hill.
The studio also has a rich history of producing classics such as The
Ladykillers and many other "Ealing comedies".
Ealing is also notable for being the settings for Rentaghost, a
children's comedy show. Ealing also appears in the novels Goodby, Mr
Chips by James Hilton Brave and New World by Aldous Huxley.
Ealing also has several other amenities and landmarks including
Ealing Farmer's Market, Ealing Public Library, Ealing Symphony
Orchestra, Pitshanger Manor Museum, Ealing Cricket Club, Brentham
Garden Suburb, Ealing Broadway's Parish Church, and Ealing Rugby
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