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A delightful pair of interwar estates in north Ealing, especially popular with Japanese families. ‘Hanger’ meant a wood on the side of a hill or bank. Hanger Hill House, built in 1790, was the home of local landowners the Wood family until 1874. In the early years of the twentieth century, the mansion became a golf clubhouse, while the adjoining fields were colonised by Acton Aerodrome and the manufacturing facilities of the Alliance Aeroplane Company. With the coming of the Western Avenue the land was acquired for development and the Hanger Hill garden estate was laid out between 1928 and 1936. Consisting of short terraces of houses and three-storey blocks of flats, all in mock-Tudor style, the development is characterised by lovely gardens and vistas. The neighbouring Haymills estate is remarkable amongst London suburbs of the 1930s for the large number of buildings designed by a single practice, as a series of concentric crescents. Ealing council created a Hanger Hill electoral ward in 1999 in a move described as “uniting the whole Hanger Hill community in one ward for the first time.” Ethnically, the ward is two-thirds white and the main minorities are of Indian and Japanese origin. After Christianity, the principal religions are Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Just over half the 16 to 74-year-olds are university educated. More than a quarter of the properties are privately rented.

Hanger Hill garden estate
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A block of flats disguised as a Tudor mansion on the Hanger Hill garden estate

West Acton Fox Wood is a nature reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust. It has dense mixed oak woodland and two small wildflower meadows adjoining Hanger Hill Park, with a well-marked trail.

Postal districts: W5 and W3
Population: 14,010
Further reading: Norman Pointing, History of Hanger Hill, Ealing and the Church of the Ascension, Diamond, 1990
Website: Hanger Hill Garden Estate Residents’ Association

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