Art Deco Supermarket (Grade 1)
At Perivale on the A40 heading out of London, just before Uxbridge, lies this impressive pile. If you happen to be taking this road out towards Oxford (and onto the M40) then look out for the Hoover building. Built in the 1930's, it was the head office and distribution centre for Hoover products. For the rather mundane task of sending out vacuum cleaners to the masses they built this wonderful example or Art Deco design.
Nowadays it says 'Hoover buliding' rather than 'Hoover Limited' on the front as it has been turned into a large supermarket by Tesco's. I must admit that they have done a stunning job, spending millions in the process, of restoring the building's facade to it's pristine glory.
Also of great benefit is the fact you can nip inside for your groceries.
As something like one pound in every six goes through a Tesco's store in a week, you could say that the building still hoovers up large amounts of cash...and yes they do sell Hoover vacuum machines inside !
What do these films have in common ?
The Carry On Series
The Red Shoes
Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang
The Fifth Element
Interview With a Vampire
Eyes Wide Shut
Answer ? They were all made at Pinewood studios, just a few miles from Uxbridge. All the Carry-on films plus other blockbusters have had at least part of the filming done here.
There are no studio tours, but you can sometimes get a look around by professing undying interest ina a particular file of TV series which may organise a 'special event' at the studios.
You can however drive by the famous half-timbered 'stars' entrance. You might also glimpse some odds and ends in the back-lots here like a double decker bus or the like just left about.
Just as a footnote, I notice that the small housing development opposite the gates was named (very cheesiliy) 'Bond Close'. Ha Ha
Uxbridge....the street is almost on the map.
"Braybourne Close..not quite on the A-Z"
I moved to my new home in May 2004, and it is quiet and peaceful. The picture shows the row of houses where I live. The street is a cul de sac and I happen to be almost at the end of it! Sadly you may find it difficult to find in a London A-Z or even using gps technology.
The one good point about Uxbridge is that Heathrow airport is on the doorstep. So it is an easy place to get away from!
Some history for you; Uxbridge is derived from Wuxen bridge which was likely to have been located near to the bottom of the Oxford Road when the "Swan & Bottle" now stands. This is a few minutes walk from my home. The Wuxen were a saxon tribe of the 7th century.
Movng onwards, It does seems as if Uxbridge had a reputation for being a dangerous place to walk through. In addition it does seem to have been a place where people on the fringes of politics and revolution had connections with - and a number died here both of natural causes and burnt as heretics. The recent liquor and alcohol control measures have made it much safer.
"The statue that was not quite right..."
The statue was created originally to be on the ground and not on the plinth that it now stands upon. It was unveiled by the Queen, and then by the end of the week it had been removed for repair. It appears that the orginal mountings were not quite what they should have been. The statue disappeared for over a year and it was then returned and there it still stands. Sadly it took a year to have it returned to the spot where it now lives.
The piece is called "Anticipation" by Anita Lafford; and for the record it was presented to the people of the London Borough of Hillingdon by the Hillingdon Arts Society. It was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee visit on the 25 June 2002.
"Keeping Fit and Eating"
There are a number of private fitness centres across the London Borough of Hillingdon - Uxbridge plays home to others too; Flex, Virgin Active (Stockley Park) and Fitness First are three of the better know clubs. I think we should all be careful about gym membership - facilities may vary and as one VTer advised me some smaller clubs use an agency to raise membership and a gap sometimes occurs between member and club - which no one wishes to address.
In respect of the "eating" headline - it does appear as if we have several very good restaurant and eateries in the immediate area. It does not strike anyone as an area of great culinary esteem - however I have luckily found some very good places to eat! Check out my restaurant tips and try them all if you can!
End of the Metropoiltan Line
Uxbridge is the nearest "town" to where I live so it's where I do a lot of shopping and drinking.
It is actually quite and old place with a bit of history being an important staging post on the route between London and Oxford.
In the Civil War the building that is now the Crown & Treaty pub was used to try to agree a peace treaty in 1644
I'll start by adding in some of the pubs to be found around the centre of Uxbridge , but it is not a comprehensive list and will be added to occasionally. I'll also try to keep it up to date as the existing pubs change.
Snow in Braybourne Close, Thrusday 7 January 2010
"Braybourne Close (1)"
It was a pleasant Thursday afternoon, however it was snowy and it was about -3c. As you can see no one is about.
"Braybourne Close (2)"
Taken of the outside of my home; the car belongs to a neighbour and had sat there for some 5 days. It is quite pleasant to see that the snow is making the street appear brighter.
The local council had not done anything to make the roads less slippery, even though we are just a few seconds away from the local High Street.
"Braybourne Close (2)"
Located at the far end of the close, there is a small wooded area - it is almost the countryside.
"The entrance to Alderglade Nature Reserve"
Well the woods themselves - it was quite picturesque to see the trees and path covered in snow. Very few footprints too!
"Brayboure Close (4)"
The image was taken from the far end of the Close; there is no exit from here, so it really just shows the way out.
We are lucky to have two watercourses located parallel to Brayourne Close - this is a busy river home to swans, ducks and other birds and wildlife.
The view is taken into the town centre.
The view here is taken back into Alderglade Nature Reserve.
This image taken from almost the Highstreet, facing back towards the end of the Close and Alderglade Nature Reserve.