Wood End

Wood End, Hillingdon

Now the north-central part of Hayes, with plentiful community facilities

Hidden London: Barra Hall, Wood End, Hayes

While Wood End’s name is broad­ly self-explana­to­ry, John Field sug­gests in Place Names of Greater Lon­don that it may specif­i­cal­ly allude to the “part of the wood­land for 400 swine referred to in the Domes­day Book descrip­tion of the manor of Hayes.”

Although there is evi­dence of Anglo-Sax­on set­tle­ment in near­by Hayes, Yead­ing and Botwell, no men­tion was made of Wood End until the ear­ly 16th cen­tu­ry. How­ev­er, it was prob­a­bly occu­pied ear­li­er, as it con­sist­ed of 25 dwellings by the 1590s, 16 of them cot­tages, sur­round­ed by enclosed land. Wood End House was built in 17th cen­tu­ry.

By 1754 Wood End, Hayes End and Hayes formed a con­tin­u­ous col­lec­tion of hous­es, the major­i­ty on the south-west­ern side of the main road to Uxbridge. The area was agri­cul­tur­al and large­ly remained so until the lat­ter part of the 19th cen­tu­ry.

Between 1901 and 1903 the Lon­don Unit­ed Tramways Com­pa­ny extend­ed its line from Southall to Uxbridge along the main road and some build­ing took place in Wood End before the First World War. The north­ern ends of Tudor Road, Cromwell Road and North Road were devel­oped and some hous­es were built around Hem­men Lane and Church Road. Most of the res­i­den­tial prop­er­ty in the area sur­round­ing Wood End was built between the wars, pri­mar­i­ly as a con­se­quence of indus­tri­al devel­op­ment in oth­er parts of Hayes.

Bar­ra Hall, for­mer­ly known as Grove Lodge, was pur­chased by the coun­cil in 1923 and after­wards used as the town hall. Wood End House con­tin­ued to accom­mo­date coun­cil depart­ments until its demo­li­tion in 1960. Its site is now occu­pied by the gar­dens of the Beck The­atre, which was built in the mid-1970s. Bar­ra Hall was ren­o­vat­ed in 2005 and reopened as a chil­dren’s cen­tre the fol­low­ing year. The hall also has meet­ing rooms avail­able for hire and its grounds are an attrac­tive pub­lic park with an open-air the­atre.

Wood End Park Acad­e­my is a very large pri­ma­ry school locat­ed at the south-west­ern edge of the local­i­ty, on Judge Hath Lane.

Postcode area: Hayes UB3