Yeading, Hillingdon

A fast-growing residential district situated north-east of Hayes, of which it was formerly a sub-manor

Spoonbill Way, Willow Tree Lane Estate, Yeading

Yead­ing Brook, which sep­a­rates the dis­trict from Hayes, ris­es in Har­row and joins the Grand Union Canal just to the south-west of Yead­ing. In 757 Aethel­bald, King of Mer­cia, made a grant of land that men­tioned Ged­dinges, as Yead­ing was then known. A sur­vey of Hayes con­duct­ed in the late 16th cen­tu­ry did not men­tion Yead­ing and a cen­tu­ry lat­er it was the small­est ham­let in the manor, with just 13 house­hold­ers.

Brick­fields and brick­mak­ers’ cot­tages and the Union inn were in exis­tence by the late 1820s. In his Hand­book to the Envi­rons of Lon­don, pub­lished in 1876, James Thorne com­ment­ed that Yeading’s few inhab­i­tants were “always found civ­il.” A tem­po­rary small­pox hos­pi­tal was built at this iso­lat­ed spot in 1903 and the vil­lage had only 20 dwellings in 1938. After the Sec­ond World War, hous­ing estates – first munic­i­pal and then pri­vate – spread across to the canal. Roman Catholic and Angli­can church­es were built in 1961.

House­build­ing has con­tin­ued into the 21st cen­tu­ry wher­ev­er space per­mits – and a whole new half of Yead­ing has evolved in the area between the A312 Park­way and the Padding­ton branch of the Grand Union Canal.

Yead­ing’s res­i­dents come from a vari­ety of social and cul­tur­al back­grounds. Accord­ing to the 2011 cen­sus, largest eth­nic group is white British (28 per cent), fol­lowed by those of Indi­an birth or descent (20 per cent). There’s a broad spread of reli­gious beliefs, as the table below shows. Spring­field Road has the country’s first state-fund­ed Sikh pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools, the Guru Nanak.

Reli­gionAdher­entsShare of total
All oth­er reli­gions1871.4%
No reli­gion1,55511.4%
Reli­gion not stat­ed8075.9%
Postcode area: Hayes, UB4
Population: 13,586 (2011 census)
* The picture of Spoonbill Way, Willow Tree Lane Estate, 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 freely permitted under the terms of that licence.