Boston Manor

Boston Manor, Hounslow/Ealing

A tube station and a Jacobean mansion and their immediate vicinity, located on the Hanwell/Brentford border

Jim Linwood - Boston Manor

This was Bor­de­ston in 1377, so the name has no direct con­nec­tion with any oth­er Boston and is prob­a­bly relat­ed to a Sax­on farmer named Bord.

Boston Manor was built in 1623 for Lady Mary Reade in prepa­ra­tion for her mar­riage to Sir Edward Spencer of Althorp. Mer­chant banker James Clitherow bought the house in 1670 and imme­di­ate­ly set about enlarg­ing it and adding some lim­it­ed orna­men­ta­tion. Anoth­er James Clitherow and his wife Jane enter­tained William IV and Queen Ade­laide to din­ner here in 1834.

From the mid-19th cen­tu­ry hous­es began to line Boston Road as Han­well stretched out its ten­ta­cles fol­low­ing the arrival of the Great West­ern Rail­way.

The Mid­land Dis­trict Rail­way skirt­ed the north­ern edge of the mansion’s grounds in 1880 and Boston Road sta­tion was built, open­ing up the south­ern part of Han­well to sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment. The sta­tion was renamed Boston Manor in 1911.

Hidden London: Boston Road at the junction with Haslemere Avenue

The Clitherow fam­i­ly remained at Boston Manor until 1923, when most of the grounds were sold for house­build­ing and the coun­cil bought the house. Although its exte­ri­or is plain (but ele­gant) some of the rooms and fur­nish­ings are splen­did, espe­cial­ly the elab­o­rate state draw­ing room on the first floor. The walls are hung with paint­ings from Hounslow’s bor­ough art col­lec­tion. The house is present­ly closed for refur­bish­ment fund­ed by the Nation­al Lot­tery and it is expect­ed to reopen in in 2021.

Postal district and postcode area: W7 and Brentford, TW8
Station: Piccadilly line (zone 4)
Website: Friends of Boston Manor
* The picture of Boston Manor House at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph at Flickr, copyright Jim Linwood, made available under the Attribution 2.0 Generic licence. The picture of Boston Road at the junction with Haslemere Avenue is adapted from an original photograph, copyright James Emmans, 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 those licences.