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A ‘London distributor road’, as it classified, connecting the grounds of west London’s finest stately homes, Syon House and Osterley Park House. The lane formerly had other grand villas, including Wyke House, which became a private lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century, and the Duke of Marlborough’s Syon Hill. Sports grounds and their clubhouses now dominate the northern part of the lane, with football clubs on the west side and rugby clubs on the east. Beyond these are the compact Wyke Green and the much larger Wyke Green golf course, on the edge of Osterley Park. Syon Lane is bisected by the A4 Great West Road at Gillette Corner and Brentford’s main business district lies east of this junction, where there is a Tesco superstore and a small shopping parade. The Gillette factory was designed in 1937 by the relatively undistinguished Sir Banister Fletcher, when he was 71. Pevsner speaks of its “incongruous, timidly modernistic grandeur” – but it outshines most commercial structures. Syon Lane station, on the Hounslow loop line, is located just to the south.

The electoral ward of Syon covers an area between the railway line and the river. This is a diverse ward where residents are equally likely to be buying their home or renting it; to be single or married; and to have a degree or no qualifications at all.

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The Gillette building

Postcode area: Isleworth, TW7
Population: 9,717 (Syon ward)
Station: South West Trains (Zone 4)

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