More than just a jumping off point.
I would not normally write a tip about a Tube station as a thing to do, I would be more likely to add it as a bit of a footnote to a transportation tip and, to be honest, I don't know why I have so often made this omission. Many of them are superb examples of the architectural styles of their times, designed by famous top architects of the day. Uxbridge is an excellent example of this.
It is a very fine example of a particular style of Tube stations that incorporate a small "shopping arcade" into the structure. I suppose High Street Kensington in the middle of one of the most affluent shopping areas in the capital is the best example of this although there are many others. Certainly, there are more than enough Tube stations, especially the more modern ones, that are nothing more than a soulless conveyor belt for moving the maximum numbers of people to and from the trains and that is understandable with the increased pressure on the system. This is why discovering somewhere like this is such a delight.
This station was opened in 1938 having been built to the design of Charles Holden and L.H. Bucknell and it replaced an older station, originally serving the now long-defunct Harrow and Uxbridge Railway which had reached here in 1904, This line was originally steam driven but converted to electricity the following year. The old station was a short distance away in Belmont Road.
If you arrive on the Tube, please do take a short time to admire the internal architecture, in particular the wonderful stained glass windows above you as you exit the ticket barriers. These are the work of the noted Hungarian artist Erwin Bossanyi who also has work in the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, York Minster and Canterbury Cathedral. They effectively consist of three sets of armorial insignia representing on the left and right Middlesex County Coucil (defunct) and Buckinghamshire, which is the adjacent non-Metropolitan County. The arms in the centre are the subject of some debate but are probably associated with the Bassetts, a notable local family.
Regrettably, a number of the small retail units inside the station seem to be unused at present so the visitor should proceed outside. Don't however, just walk, head down off into town. Pause for a moment and look back at the impressive facade set back from the main road by a circular road that was once a turning circle for trolleybuses. Look up and you will see a pair of "winged" wheels and leaf springs which are the work of Joseph Armitage and intended presumably to represent the speed of train travel. I don't know what it was like in 1938 but, in fairness, it is not a bad journey from central London now.
OK, I am sure you are probably tired reading this tip, it is just a Tube station after all. I just find endless fascination in just about anything. I am not for one minute suggesting you make a special trip to Uxbridge just to look at the this building but I would exhort you that, if you do happen to be there, you pause for a few seconds to have a look round, it is well worth it.
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Carry on Camping
Someone I know around these parts claims that the very famous scene from "Carry on Camping" where Babs Windsor's bra 'pings' into the face of Kenneth Williams during morning exercises at the 'Paradise Campsite' was filmed in her back Garden.
I have been unable to prove this claim (despite looking at the scene many time for such purposes). The entrance to the supposed campsite, where Sid & Bernie meet Mr Fiddler is "Juniper Cottages" in Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire certainly does exist.
There are many other locations within a few miles in such places as Windsor and maidenhead that were utilised as cheap locations for the films. The Pinewood green housing estate (opp pinewood studios) appears several times for instance - as the sterotype of suburban Middle-class England.
Many more example can be found at the website given below
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Visiting the local park - Fassnidge Park
After about 10 years of living in both Uxbridge and nearby Ickenham, I finally decided to visit the park located nearest my home. I have lived there for about 4 years and this was my first visit to Fassnidge Park. It is a park with -
skate board park
It is quite quite and very green. The park was bequeathed to the citizens of Uxbridge by Kate Fassnidge in memory of her husband - in 1926.
Lynch Green and the martyrs' memorial
Three protestant men were burnt at the stake at Lynch Green in 1555 due to their beliefs - the cemetery that was in operation between 1576 to 1855 had a memorial erected in their memory. It still is visible to those who pass it to this day.
St Margaret's Church
The church is located in the middle of Uxbridge High Street and a church has been on the site since the 7th century. The current structure has elements which date back to c1240.
There has been a series of additions and alterations over the years and since the 1820s, this has been the Uxbridge Parish Church.
The point to note is that the Church Hall also acts as a base for many Market Researchers at the weekend. Watch out - you have been warned.
Alderglade Nature Reserve
Even though I have lived in my street for some years, I had never really sought any answers to what is located at the bottom of the street. It turns out to be a Nature Reserve, managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Some years ago, I did walk through it from the opposite side of the reserve - lots of tree and reeds.
Pleasant experience I suppose if you are looking to visit the reserve.
Grand Union canal
Just a few hundred yards from the town centre lies the Grand Union Canal.
The canal links the centre of London with Birmingham, and therefore provides some good walks in either direction.
In the middle of Uxbridge it may not be at it's most picturesque, but there are a couple of reasonable pubs that look out over the water.
Just follow the 'fingerpost' signs from the town centre.
Shopping, shopping and more shopping
The main activity around here appears to be the act of conspicuous consumption.
To try and brighten up this experience one of the two shopping centres employed a couple of minimum wage layabouts to dispense eggs at easter-time.
The bunny did his job well but the six foot pussycat seemed far more interested in chatting to 16 year chavvy girls in short skirts.
Bronzed dog and friends
I had an hour being wheeled about some place called Uxbridge in April 2006.
We came across this dog, child and woman in the centre of the main street.
Dad said it was called 'anticipation', so i waited for something to happen...but nothing did.
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The most interesting feature of Uxbridge...
Yes, found it ! Something mildly interesting in Uxbridge town centre.
Uxbridge looks rather similar to countless medium sized towns across Britain with the same chainsof shops and the same truculent youth littering the place.
At least Uxbridge has kept its 'proper' red Telephone boxes.
Statue in the middle of the town
This little statue of a dog, gaunt woman and even more emaciated child is apparantly called 'anticipation'. Perhaps they are anticipating someone knocking the whole town down and building something decent.
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Rockingham Recreation Ground
This is another green space within the Uxbridge town centre area. It is pleasant enough, although has nothing really to offer apart from the grass and football pitches.