Ruislip Gardens

Ruislip Gardens, Hillingdon

The smallest of Ruislip’s localities, separated from RAF Northolt aerodrome by the Yeading Brook

West End Parade, upper frontage

The mano­r­i­al landown­er, King’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, cre­at­ed New Pond Farm on West End Road in 1872, and built a farm­house of the same name.

The fields were spared in the orig­i­nal devel­op­ment plan for Ruis­lip, but suc­cumbed after the open­ing of the sta­tion on the Great West­ern Railway’s Birm­ing­ham line in 1934, when the Ruis­lip Gar­dens estate was laid out, accom­pa­nied by the Bell pub­lic house and the shops of New Pond Parade. The estate was known to res­i­dents as ‘the Gar­dens’.

Ruis­lip Gar­dens school opened in 1939. It was closed after the out­break of war because of the risks posed by its prox­im­i­ty to RAF Northolt but reopened in 1941.

The Cen­tral line was extend­ed to West Ruis­lip in 1948, on tracks par­al­lel with the main line, and a new sta­tion was built at Ruis­lip Gar­dens. Main­line ser­vices con­tin­ued to run for anoth­er ten years.

At Ruis­lip Gar­dens pri­ma­ry school the major­i­ty of pupils are white British with the next largest eth­nic group being of Indi­an her­itage. Par­ents based at RAF Northolt often send their chil­dren here, which results in a rel­a­tive­ly high pupil turnover.

South of the sta­tion, flats have been built on a for­mer Min­istry of Defence site in Carmichael Close, includ­ing afford­able homes for key work­ers.

John Betjeman’s 1954 poem ‘Middlesex’ opens thus: “Gaily into Ruislip Gardens / Runs the red electric train, / With a thousand Ta’s and Pardon’s / Daintily alights Elaine.”

Postcode area: Ruislip HA4
Station: Central line (zone 5)
* The picture of West End Parade at the top of this page is modified from an original photograph, copyright brett jordan, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution 2.0 Generic licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.