Harlington, London


The Grade I Listed parish church is the oldest of the listed buildings in Harlington. The War Memorial was designed by C. O. Scott.
 Harlington shown within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ085775
    Charing Cross 13.5 mi (21.7 km)  E
London borough Hillingdon
Ceremonial county Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town HAYES
Postcode district UB3
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK ParliamentHayes and Harlington
London Assembly Ealing and Hillingdon
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Coordinates: 51°29′09″N 0°26′11″W / 51.4859°N 0.4364°W / 51.4859; -0.4364

Harlington is a district of the London Borough of Hillingdon, on the northern perimeter of London Heathrow Airport. It is centred 13.6 miles (21.9 km) west of Charing Cross. The district adjoins Hayes to the north and shares a railway station with the larger district, which is its post town, on the Great Western Main Line.

Harlington as seen on Ordnance Survey map sheet 71, 1822–1890, with railway added 1891.


The place-name Harlington is recorded in Anglo-Saxon as Hygereding tun: "Hygerǣd's people's farmstead".


Bolingbroke and Ossulston's demolished Dawley House, north-west of the station
Photograph of Dawley House and barns, Harlington, 1902. (Between the Great Western Railway and the canal). This was the remains of the house of Bolingbroke and Ossulston. It can be seen to the east or right of the mansion in the print.
Dawley House, Harlington, c. 1902. This was the remains of the house of Bolingbroke and Ossulston. It can be seen to the east or right of the mansion in the print.
Photograph of Dawley House, in the spring of 1902.

The earliest surviving mention of Harlington appears to be in a 9th-century charter in which land at Botwell in Hayes was said to be bounded on the west by "Hygeredington" and "Lullinges" tree. The first of these must be Harlington; the second has not been identified. The boundary between Hayes and Harlington, which may thus have been defined by the date of this charter, was later marked by North Hyde Road and Dawley Road, but Dawley Road may not have followed the boundary before the 18th century.[1]

Administrative history

By 1834 the select vestry (informally known simply as the vestry) employed a paid assistant overseer. In 1824 a surgeon for the poor of Cranford and Harlington was appointed by the vestries of both. Their later co-operation saw the establishment of Harlington's National School jointly with in 1848, and its cottage hospital jointly with Cranford and Harmondsworth in 1884.

c. 1840Harlington Parish then Civil Parish
1872Staines Rural Sanitary District
1889Middlesex County Council
1894 Staines Rural District
1930 Hayes and Harlington Urban District
1965 London Borough of HillingdonHillingdon L.B. with Mayor of London, London Assembly and predecessor[2]

In 1924 the civil parish council (CPC) asked Staines Rural District Council (RDC) to light the village street and this was done a year later. The cemetery in Cherry Lane was opened in 1936 by the UDC and the CPC started its first allotments in 1895 but rejected proposals to acquire a recreation ground or parish hall. See the entry for Hayes for the later detailed local history.[1]


The chief task from 1872 for local government was the making of sewers in villages beyond a handful of homes such as this. Sewerage had been discussed in the vestry as long ago as 1864. The increase of population in the 20th century, growing preference for flush toilets and prohibitions on ground water contamination made the need for proper sanitation more urgent. In 1912, for instance, there were said to have been eleven cases of typhoid near the 'White Hart', and there was an outbreak of diphtheria in 1916. During the 1920s the RDC made plans for constructing sewers, and the relative cost of their scheme and of schemes proposed by Hayes Urban District Council largely influenced the parish council's views on local government reorganization. In the end the council seem to have acquiesced peacefully in the amalgamation with Hayes that took place in 1930, only on the grounds that this seemed to provide the best and cheapest chance of sewers being constructed soon. A sewerage scheme for the parish was completed by Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council in 1934.[1]

Present day

Bridge (196) over the Grand Union and Junction Canal at Dawley, Harlington, 2014.
Part of a Thomas Kitchin map of Middlesex showing Dawley and Harlington, c. 1770.
Dawley Court, Goulds Green, Middlesex in 1893, when it belonged to W. Fane De Salis. (Just to the west of Corwell Lane).

Harlington Library[3] is towards the north of the village/district. The village contains six public houses: Captain Morgans', The Great Western, The Pheasant, The Red Lion, The Wheatsheaf, and The White Hart. There are two churches, a Baptist church and a Church of England church, St Peter & St Paul's. Schools include Harlington School.

Hellenic Imperial Airways has its United Kingdom offices in Axis House in Harlington.[4] Harlington Locomotive Society on the High Street of the village - operates a trestle railway around the site of an old orchard. Harlington is covered by a community radio station: 91.8 Hayes FM, which is licensed with the national authority.


Great Western Railway and part of the former HMV & EMI factory at Harlington, looking east, 2014.


Central London is 13.6 miles (21.9 km) east. The area is served by Hayes and Harlington railway station, served by trains from London Paddington via Ealing to Reading via West Drayton.

The following bus routes serve Harlington

Historic transport

The Grand Junction Canal runs through the Dawley land, east to west: it was constructed c. 1794–1800.[6] In the late 1830s the main line of the Great Western Railway was also built across the former Dawley Park (by then Dawley Wall Farm). However, Hayes & Harlington railway station (just outside the parish) was not opened until 1864. Before then there was a choice of the stations at West Drayton and Southall, or of the daily omnibus and weekly carrier to London.[7]

Former cottage hospital

The Harlington, Harmondsworth and Cranford Cottage Hospital, in Sipson Lane, opened in 1884 and closed in 1977. It is now home to a branch of the Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan.

Listed buildings

nametypebuiltuse and main features
Church of St. Peter & St. Paul (Grade One Listed)Religious12th centuryChristian faith centre.
Veysey's FarmFarmlate 18th centuryMixed agricultural/nature
Shackle's BarnAgriculturalearly 1800sScouts headquarters
Barn at Manor FarmAgriculturalRestored in the 1970s, used as offices, timber-framed
Small hospital (Sipson Lane)Social1884 Hindu faith centre.
Dower House (High Street)House16th centuryTimber framed building
Harlington Baptist ChurchReligious1879Christian faith centre.

Former listed buildings in the parish

nametypebuiltdemolished (exact or between dates)use
Dawley Manor FarmHouse 17th century 1962M4 motorway and part of St Peter's Way
Shackle's HouseHouseearly 1800s1960–70Pembury Court (street)
Harlington rectoryHouseVictorian1970Homes and the new church hall
Old Church HallChurch hallearly 1900s1970Was in rectory grounds. Houses.
Bletchmore HouseHouse1970–80Bletchmore Close
Woodlands FarmhouseHouse1960–65178-182 High Street
Poplar HouseHouse18th century1970–75Felbridge Court (apartments)

Manor Farm was demolished between 1930 and 1940 and pre-dated the possibility of statutory listing. It is the site of shops in Manor Parade and adjoining residential roads.

Notable people

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke. He bought Dawley in 1724 and sold it in 1737, or 1738.
Lady De Tabley is buried alongside her eldest daughter in the SS Peter & Paul graveyard.
Tattersall's stallion Glencoe stood at Dawley in 1835.
Shackle's Barn, Harlington, Middlesex, from the west, October 2014.
Wheat field beside the M4, once part of Dawley Manor Farm, at Harlington. July 2015. Looking to the south-east.


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  18. He now started a stud farm at Dawley in Middlesex, which, together with his reputation for integrity, became the cornerstone of his large fortune., Thomas Seccombe, DNB, 1898.
  19. 1 2 The Racing Calendar for the year 1833, by Edward & Charles Weatherby, London, 1834, p. 561.
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  24. Just outside the parish of Harlington at Goulds Green there was a house which the De Salis renamed Dawley Court, and lived there from 1835 until 1929 when it was sold and then demolished.
  25. the clergy database
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