Colham Green

Colham Green, Hillingdon

A semi-rural locality situated between Hillingdon and Stockley Park, and dominated by Hillingdon Hospital

Colham Green Recreation Ground-by-Des-Blenkinsopp

The manor of Col­ham Gar­den, alias Dray­ton, once cov­ered a large area to the south of Uxbridge and Hilling­don. The name may be a cor­rupt­ed ref­er­ence to its loca­tion near the Riv­er Colne or to a landown­er called Cola.

The manor was first men­tioned in an Anglo-Sax­on char­ter of 831, and at the time of Domes­day Book it was of greater sig­nif­i­cance than Hilling­don, while Uxbridge was mere­ly its sub­sidiary.

The long-van­ished manor house stood to the north of the green, near what is now Hilling­don and Uxbridge Ceme­tery.

The ham­let of Col­ham Green was in exis­tence by the late 16th cen­tu­ry and a house called Moor­croft may have been a cen­tre for ille­gal Roman Catholic activ­i­ty. This was the home in the 1590s of Hen­ry Gar­nett, supe­ri­or of the Jesuits in Eng­land, who was exe­cut­ed in 1606 as an accom­plice of the Gun­pow­der plot­ters.

In the mid-1740s Hilling­don vestry chose Col­ham Green as the site for the parish work­house, which lat­er became Uxbridge union work­house. A school­room, chapel, infir­mary and oth­er build­ings were added after­wards. The sur­round­ing area remained vir­tu­al­ly unin­hab­it­ed in the 19th cen­tu­ry, when the land was occu­pied by farms, grav­el pits and brick­fields. Moor­croft farm­house was built ear­ly in the cen­tu­ry and sur­vives today, on Moor­croft Lane.

Eve­lyns School was estab­lished at Col­ham Green in 1872 and main­tained close con­nec­tions with Eton until it was closed in 1931. Much of Col­ham Green was built up with pri­vate estates before the Sec­ond World War and with the Vio­let Farm and Eve­lyns coun­cil estates after­wards.

In 1930 con­trol of the work­house passed to Mid­dle­sex Coun­ty Coun­cil which began to devel­op it as Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal. The hos­pi­tal was large­ly rebuilt in 1963 and has recent­ly under­gone rad­i­cal rede­vel­op­ment. A long-run­ning but ulti­mate­ly suc­cess­ful strike of domes­tic staff at the hos­pi­tal became a social­ist cause célèbre in the late 1990s. Old­er hos­pi­tal facil­i­ties on the north side of Pield Heath Road have been replaced with hous­ing, under the names Chantry Park and Kings Place.

The sur­viv­ing part of the orig­i­nal Col­ham Green is now a recre­ation ground, which is shown in the pho­to at the top of this arti­cle.*

At Col­ham Manor pri­ma­ry school the pro­por­tion of pupils who speak Eng­lish as an addi­tion­al lan­guage is high­er than aver­age. A wide range of home lan­guages is rep­re­sent­ed, includ­ing Soma­li, Ara­bic and Urdu. A much high­er than aver­age pro­por­tion of pupils are eli­gi­ble for addi­tion­al gov­ern­ment fund­ing, known as the pupil pre­mi­um.

Postcode area: Uxbridge UB8
* The picture of Colham Green recreation ground at the top of this page is minimally adapted from an original photograph copyright Des Blenkinsopp, 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.