Uxbridge Moor

Uxbridge Moor, Hillingdon

A canalside commercial zone in south-west Uxbridge, on the far western edge of Greater London

Hidden London: London Loop at Uxbridge Boat Yard, by Des Blenkinsopp

The Grand Junc­tion (now Grand Union) Canal was dug through the moor in 1794, con­nect­ing Uxbridge with the Thames at Brent­ford. By 1800 the link to Birm­ing­ham was com­plete. Wharves and ware­hous­es were con­struct­ed along the canal and coal for the sur­round­ing dis­trict was offloaded here, while corn was tak­en aboard. Oil and mus­tard mills, glass and gas works prompt­ed the build­ing of work­ers’ homes, fol­lowed by the church of St John’s on the Moor in 1838 and a ragged school eight years lat­er, both on Water­loo Road (and both since depart­ed).

Except for the part to the north-east of Cow­ley Mill Road, Uxbridge Moor is still pri­mar­i­ly a com­mer­cial zone, nowa­days tak­ing the form of a net­work of indus­tri­al estates and busi­ness parks. The coat­ings spe­cial­ist Trim­ite is one of the larg­er busi­ness­es oper­at­ing here. The pho­to­graph above* shows Uxbridge Boat Cen­tre, a repair yard and chan­dlery at Uxbridge Wharf, on the Grand Union Canal.

Uxbridge’s res­i­den­tial boom has been mak­ing itself felt at the edges of the com­mer­cial area, for exam­ple in four blocks of apart­ments built on the site of a for­mer Ford deal­er­ship at the cor­ner of St John’s Road and Cow­ley Mill Lane.

The Lon­don Wildlife Trust man­ages a stretch of the bank that has wil­low wood­land and mead­ows, at the north end of River­side Way indus­tri­al estate, where a branch of the Riv­er Colne flows into the canal.

Cricket was played on the moor from at least 1735. Uxbridge cricket club was founded here in 1789, and England played Kent at the ground in the same year. The club moved to Uxbridge Common in the 1820s.

Postcode area: Uxbridge UB8
* The picture of the London Loop at Uxbridge Boat Yard on this page is 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.