Ealing

Described at the end of the nineteenth century as the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’, Ealing had been a fashionable place of residence for some time. The extension of the Great Western Railway in the mid-1800s and the creation of Ealing Broadway station transformed the area, making it attractive to commuters. After the Second World War people from countries and regions including the Caribbean, India, Pakistan and Poland settled in the borough and made it their home. Today Ealing is one of London’s most diverse boroughs.

Ealing has a rich cultural history being home to Ealing Studios, the oldest continuously working film studio in the world, renowned for the Ealing comedies and Carry-On films. The Ealing Music Club, where notable groups such as the Who started their careers, is known as the place where ‘British Rhythm and Blues began’; and Ealing Art College, now part of the University of West London, attracted celebrated artists and musicians to teach and study.

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Lillian Board (1948-1970)

Athlete
Lillian Board set a European junior record for the 400 metres in 1967 when she surged from the back…

Sir John Soane (1753–1837)

Architect
John Soane was the son of a bricklayer who began his education in the architectural office of…

Peter Crouch (b.1981)

Footballer
Peter Crouch is a footballer for Stoke City. He has scored twenty-two goals and played forty-two…

Margot Fonteyn (1919–1991)

Ballet Dancer
By the time Margot Fonteyn was twenty, she had danced the lead in Giselle, Swan Lake and The…

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838–1907)

Chemist
While still a student at the Royal College of Chemistry, William Perkin discovered a process for…

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Computer pioneer
Daughter of the poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was brought up in the sole custody of her…

Steve McQueen (b.1969)

Artist
Steve McQueen is an acclaimed film maker. McQueen’s interest in film developed during his time at…

Sir Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977)

Actor and Director
Charlie Chaplin, one of the world’s most recognised film stars and the comic genius of…

Spencer Perceval (1762–1812)

Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval is the only British Prime Minister (1808–12) to have been assassinated…

Ellen Wilkinson (1891–1947)

Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval is the only British Prime Minister (1808–12) to have been assassinated…

Trevor Baylis (b.1937)

Inventor
Inspired by a 1991 television programme about HIV and AIDS in Africa, Trevor Baylis invented the…

Paul Canoville (b.1962)

Footballer
Paul Canoville became the first black footballer to play for Chelsea in 1982. His obvious…

Pete Townshend (b.1945)

Musician
Born to parents who were professional musicians, Pete Townshend played the guitar and banjo from an…

Dusty Springfield (1939–1999)

Singer
‘Queen of Soul’ Dusty Springfield was a pivotal figure in 1960s pop music. She made her home in…

Frank Auerbach (b.1931)

Painter
Born in Berlin, Frank Auerbach was sent to England by his parents in 1939 as part of the…

Sid James (1913–1976)

Actor
Sid James, born Sidney Joel Cohen in South Africa, to Jewish music-hall entertainers, was a successful…

Gurinder Chadha (b.1960)

Film Director
Gurinder Chadha’s first full-length film Bhaji on the Beach (1993) featured three…