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)