Woodlands

Woodlands, Hounslow

A triangular-shaped group of tree-lined streets in west Isleworth, bounded by the Duke of Northumberland’s river to the east, the railway to the west and Worton and Bridge Roads to the south

St John the Baptist - geograph-4118061-by-John-Salmon

Woodlands’ name was first recorded in 1485 and refers to arable strips of land beside a wood. Until the early 19th century the only struc­tures on what was then known as Hounslow Field were some farm buildings and a moated house, both near the southern extremity of the modern locality.

The land was enclosed in 1818 and most of it went to the duke of Northumberland. Enclosure came relat­ively late here, probably because the soil was already being worked efficiently and intens­ively by the many market gardens.

The arrival of the Hounslow loop railway in 1850 brought the first suburban villas to the northern tip of the triangle, in what the Victoria County History calls “a slightly humbler version of Spring Grove.” Building plots were divided by substantial yellow brick walls, many of which still survive to show the former pattern of field division.

The Woodlands Tavern
The Woodlands Tavern*

St John’s Church (shown in the photo­graph at the top*) and the Woodlands Tavern served the Woodlanders’ spiritual and temporal needs.

Stimulated by the devel­opment of the Great West Road, the southerly expansion of Woodlands accel­erated after 1925 with the construction of the Warren estate, named after developer RT Warren, a local builder. Houses and bungalows were built, first along existing thorough­fares and then on newly laid out streets, with a central plot that was later bought by the residents’ associ­ation for use as a park and recre­ation ground. The council facil­itated mortgages for would-be residents in an early encour­agement of owner occupation.

The last phase of Woodlands’ original devel­opment came after the Second World War, with the building up of Bridge Road and Worton Road, the creation of Gibson Close and the opening of Oaklands school on Woodlands Road (earlier called Hounslow Field Road). Oaklands now caters exclus­ively for 11- to 19-year-olds with severe learning diffi­culties, profound or multiple learning diffi­culties and autistic spectrum disorders.

The residents’ associ­ation built a new pavilion in the park in 1973. The Victorian part of Woodlands was desig­nated a conser­vation area in 1999.

Postcode area: Isleworth TW7
Website: Woodlands Estate Residents & Freeholders Association
Further reading: Stuart Bagnall, The Woodlands, Isleworth: Continuity and Change in One Suburban District, unpublished University of Liverpool thesis (available at Hounslow local studies service), 1998

 

* The photograph of the church of St John the Baptist, at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright John Salmon, and the photo of the Woodlands Tavern, is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Dr Neil Clifton, both at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.