Ruislip Manor

Ruislip Manor, Hillingdon

The south-eastern part of Ruislip, bordering Eastcote

Acacia Avenue in Ruislip Manor
Quin­tes­sen­tial London suburbia, right down to the street name: Acacia Avenue in Ruislip Manor

A wooden halt opened at Ruislip Manor in 1912, when this was still open coun­try­side. The station was completely rebuilt in its present form in 1938, to a design by Charles Holden.

Virtually all of Ruislip Manor was laid out as a single private housing estate by George Ball from 1933 to 1939, and called Manor Homes. The estate should not be confused with the original plan for the devel­op­ment of central Ruislip – which was initially called Ruislip Manor – nor with the Ruislip Manor cottage estate, north of the railway line.

George Ball acquired the land from King’s College, Cambridge, which had previ­ously enter­tained the notion of creating a garden suburb here, along the lines of the one at Hampstead. The 2,238 houses were all built to one of two basic types, mostly in terraces of four or six, although a few were semi-detached.

The new homes were priced within the reach of working people, starting at £450, and many were sold to families from the north who had come to London to find work during the depres­sion. Other buyers came from indus­tri­alised parts of West London, such as Acton, in search of an afford­able rural retreat.

Nowadays, most adults in Ruislip Manor have some educa­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but not a degree. At the 2011 census, 84 per cent of residents were white; down from 90 per cent in 2001.

The music hall stars Elsie and Doris Waters opened Ruislip’s first British Restaurant on Victoria Road in 1941. British Restaurants were wartime canteens, intended to feed the masses economically.

Postcode area: Ruislip, HA4
Population: 11,442 (Manor ward, 2011 census)
Station: Metropolitan line, with peak hours Piccadilly line service (zone 6)