Summaries of Members' Articles

Over the years our members have written a number of articles about Walpole and the history of parts of our area - roads, houses, parks, shopping parades etc. We have uploaded as many as possible - with some still waiting in the 'to do' list.

The full articles are available to our members; this page just gives a short introduction to each. Why not join us to see them all? Maybe then you could write an article for our website?

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The Faith Healer Of Mattock Lane

St Raphael’s House backing onto Walpole Park in Mattock Lane always looks somewhat out of place among the tall Victorian villas that dominate the road. Georgian and Grade II listed, recent researches show that at one time it had significant lands attached to it, which included five acres of Walpole Park and the present day Culmington Road area. It was known as Chapel House in Victorian times, for what reason is not known.

MP on PM on PM

The bi-centenary of Spencer Perceval’s assassination was marked by a re-enactment on the BBC’s PM programme

Church Lane Then and Now

These two photos from 1903 and 2012 show Church Lane looking towards St Mary’s Church. Originally known as Frog Lane, the road is at the end of an ancient footpath which corresponds to today’s Culmington and Churchfields Roads along which people from Ealing Dean would come to church in the old village. Church Lane itself contains some of the oldest houses in Ealing.

Christmas in Ealing 1962

The world had just breathed a collective sigh of relief when the resolution of the Cuban missile crisis had averted a catastrophic world war. In Britain Elvis Presley was top of the Christmas hit parade with Return to Sender whilst a little known group from Liverpool had just had its first top twenty hit with Love Me Do.

An Update on Radbourne Walk (2014)

Work on cleaning up Radbourne Walk, the alleyway between the allotments and the back gardens of Loveday Road, continues apace thanks to Christina and Simon and their band of volunteers who turn up come rain or shine on the first Saturday of every month. Thanks also to donations and to the Council who have supported the initiative by providing funding for seeds and essential tools to be bought along with the hiring of skips.

Ealing Green's Other Riots (1880)

As the vivid memories of the riots on Ealing Green two years ago in 2011 begin to fade, it is interesting to note that Ealing Green has had a whole history of raucous and violent behaviour which has a quite contemporary ring to it.

St John's Parade in 2014

Now that the dust has just about settled on the pavement works at St. John’s Parade (there are still road markings and signage to complete and changes to be made to the 30 minute Stop & Shop spaces), the traders and local residents say what they think of the new look.

Going to Church in 1816

In 1815 John Quincy Adams, later to be the US president, came to live in Ealing for two years when he was his country’s ambassador to London. Throughout his life he wrote a very detailed diary and his entries give a vivid glimpse of what Ealing was like in the early 19th century.

The Other Pitzhanger Manor (with an 's')

The names ’Pitzhanger’ and ’Pitshanger’ always seem rather anomalous. Why are they spelt differently and why is the Pitshanger area around Pitshanger Lane over a mile away from Pitzhanger Manor House on Ealing Green?