Barry Raymond explains a fascinating film...

Film made by Urban District Council.

The journey begins at the Town Hall in Barra Hall Park and shows the sunken rose gardens on the east side, it then jumps to Willow Tree Lane showing horses in the field behind the Willow Tree Pub in Jolly's Lane. The section shown as Hayes Bridge is along the Uxbridge Road just near Springfield Road where you cross the canal and enter Southall. The shot is looking West with the Wagon & Horses Pub on the left.

The next shot shows the approach road into Cranford Park together with views of St. Dunstan's Church the stable block and views around the park ending with a view of the bridge over the River Crane into the park, which now exits onto the Parkway.

Children playing

The start of the Sipson section shows Sipson Cottage Hospital on the left followed by views of the village itself with the Crown Pub on the right. Next is a short clip of St. Jeromes' Church in Judge Heath Lane followed by children playing in the park between the Kingsway and Morgans Lane, Hayes End. This is followed by views of gardens in Hewens Road, Mellow Lane School and views down Charville Lane, Yeading Lane and Barnhill Road. Next come views of the railway, the third loco is heading towards London with Bourne's Bridge in the background, and the Gramaphone Co./EMI on the right. The fourth loco is travelling westbound approaching Bourne's Bridge as it passes the Gramaphone Co/EMI.

Next we see shots of the houses (now gone) in Western View, facing the canal by the side of the Old Crown Pub with the Walls' building in the background. This is followed by a shot of the canal taken from the other side of the bridge looking west, with the factories of the BET and Wakefields (Castrol) on the left. The last shot of the canal is taken from Dawley Bridge and shows the large hilly area immediately behind the Woolpack Pub which were known as 'the pack hills'.

Back up to the Uxbridge Road now, we see a shot of the White Hart at Hayes End on the left and continuing eastward come to Gledwood Drive on the left and then on past Warley Road passing the shops including Coombes the bakers, Huttons fishmongers and Woolworths, we then get a view of the Essoldo cinema, while on the south side of the road in the foreground can be seen the colourful plant display laid out every year usually in the design of the local crest, this was on the corner with Coldharbour Lane.


This is followed by a shot of the Grapes junction with the Grapes to the right of the picture. The next shot of the bus is looking down Yeading Lane, the Grapes is to the right, just out of the picture. We are now traveling south down Coldharbour Lane with the shops on the Broadway on the left approaching Birchway at the end of the parade. Carrying on through the town we pass Woolworths on the left before reaching the Old Crown Pub by the canal bridge where you can see the raised arms of the level crossing which served the factories of the BET and Wakefields with the Railway Arms Pub next to the crossing on the right.

Going over Hayes Station Bridge we pass Nestles Ave. on the left before reaching Fairey corner with the Fairey Aviation building on the opposite corner where Station Road crosses North Hyde Road. We then continue along Station Road turning right at Bedwell Gdns, before the flyover was built turning again left at the Great Western Pub into Dawley Road on our way to Harlington, passing Cherry Lane just past the garage on the left on the opposite side of the road is Harlington Church. Continuing along the High St. we come to the pond behind the railings, this is followed by a short clip of the Bath Road.

Demolished in the 60's

We now return back to Hayes with a view of Church Walk looking eastwards, towards the Church, with Dr. Triplett's School in the background followed by a shot of St. Mary's lych gate. Then comes a view of Wood End House which stood near the entrance to Hayes Cricket Club, the house was later demolished in the early 60's. We then return to shots of the shops on the Uxbridge Road between Warley Road and Shakespeare Ave. then follows a view of the old Hayes Town Chapel in Church Road in the centre, with Wistowe House beyond, the Chapel was demolished in1959 a new Chapel having been built further back on the corner of St. Mary's Road, which is the turning at the bottom right of the shot.

Nearing the end of the journey we see the Royal Oak Pub at the junction of Church Road and Freemans Lane followed by shots of the old cottages in Freemans Lane. No. 18, the wooden-clad house was built for use as a Sunday School by the Chapel and in 1884 was the scene of a murder when a Mrs. Gibbons killed her husband. The cottages were demolished not long after this film was made, the film ends back where it began at the Town Hall.

Barry Raymond