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Until about Whitton was a hamlet centred on the crossroads where the present Nelson and Kneller Roads history Whitton Dene middlesex. At the time an increasing amount of the open history around Whitton was becoming common history enclosed market gardens, nurseries and whitton. Hounslow Heath was enclosed by the Act of and new roads were laid out across the old heath. This extended the boundaries of Middlesex, doubling qhitton previous area. Niddlesex Whitton history had always been part of the parish of St Mary's, Twickenham, became a separate middlesex and the church of St Philip and St James was built.
By the Whitton there were soldiers and student soldiers in training, half of these being history years of age or younger. Market gardening in Mlddlesex and Whitton reached a peak in the s. There was a modest building boom in the first decade of whitton 20th century and two small parades of shops were built in in Nelson Road and Hounslow Road to serve the increased population.
However, expansion was restricted because transport links were poor. Improvement started with the compulsory purchase of Chase Bridge in and the first middlesex route linking Twickenham with Hounslow was then introduced.
Between and the whitton was transformed out of all recognition. Part of Whitton Road, then a country history, became a new Whitton Street running between the Nelson public house whitton the railway. The middlesex shops opened in late and by there were 96 businesses in operation.
In a few short years in the s, virtually the whole of the parish was covered with mainly three-bedroom semi-detached houses. Further development of vacant plots in High Street took place in the s middleseex s.
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Indeed, until the s the village was still separated from the surrounding towns by open fields and much of the earlier character of the old village was retained well into the s. However, in little more than a decade all that changed. Although there was a little housing development in the 19th century, on Nelson and Hounslow Roads and in the area between Kneller and Nelson Roads, Whitton remained a quiet country village.
However, following the opening of Whitton railway station in Percy Road in , housing development rapidly replaced the market gardens and the former Argyll Estate, having been sold for development in the s. New parades of shops were built on either side of Percy Road from the railway station bridge to the junction with Nelson and Hounslow Roads. This stretch then became known as "High Street" Whitton.
A number of houses were damaged by enemy bombing in the early years of the Second World War. Before , 86 Hounslow Road received a direct hit from a German bomb and was badly damaged, though not destroyed. In June , 81 High Street received a direct hit from a V1 flying bomb. Part of the parade of shops and the flats above were totally destroyed and several people were killed. Around the same time, a house on Lincoln Avenue was also destroyed by a V1 and several adjoining houses were severely damaged.
There was certainly a great deal of activity in the skies over Whitton during the early years of the war with the sound of air raid sirens and anti-aircraft guns very common throughout the day. A common sight during the Blitz was of RAF fighters scrambling from nearby airfields almost at rooftop height and low enough for the pilots to be seen in their cockpits.
Most people travel outside of the town for their work as very little land is in employment use. Many people travel into Central London making use of the good transport connections, or work in nearby district centres such as Twickenham and Richmond or the bigger metropolitan centres such as Hounslow and Kingston upon Thames.
London Heathrow Airport is important to the local economy both through direct employment and the cluster of international firms that have their European headquarters in the Thames Valley area. The town centre is the third largest in the Richmond upon Thames. The town has one long linear park along the River Crane and five smaller neighbourhood parks that have sport facilities and children's playgrounds along with three cemeteries.
Close to the town are the large Bushy Park and Richmond Park that are managed by The Royal Parks and serve as the larger district parks for the area. Hounslow Heath, a large open space and local conservation area is heavily used by the towns residence, especially residents of the Hounslow Heath Estate.
Richmond is part of the London Cycle Network , offering on and off-road cycle paths throughout the area. The local authority operated Whitton Sports and Fitness Centre, based at the Twickenham Academy site, has a modern gym, sports hall and astroturf pitches.
There are also three large commercial health clubs just over the town's boundary at The Stoop, Twickenham Golf Course and Twickenham Stadium. The Odeon cinema in the high street closed in December  since then residents have had to travel to nearby towns such to visit the cinema.
The local council has built a new arts centre in Twickenham which has a seat auditoriam for dual theatre and cinema use. This is due to open in opposite Twickenham station but has not yet been formally named. With the Royal Court often staying in Richmond and Hampton Court in the eighteenth century, Twickenham was a very fashionable place to live and this has left the area with a unique cultural heritage.
There is on only one Conservation Area in the area: Rosecroft Gardens. In addition there are a number of listed buildings such as Kneller Hall , the Shot Tower at Crane Park along with a number of locally listed buildings.
There are five primary schools in the town. Edmund's Roman Catholic Primary opened The other three have no faith designation. Two of these are maintained by the Local Authority — Heathfield Schools Partnership a federation of nursery, Infants opened and Junior schools on one site , and Chase Bridge Primary.
James Whitton. Later in it became the parish of 'St. A non-conformist Gospel Hall was built in on the western side of Nelson Road a few metres to the north of the junction with Warren Road.
This became redundant with the opening of Whitton Baptist Church in Hounslow Road in and was later used by various commercial enterprises. The building of Whitton Baptist Church was funded by the compensation paid for the compulsory purchase of St Margaret's Baptist Church, which was demolished during the construction of the Great Chertsey Road approach to the new Twickenham Bridge across the Thames in Whitton has good road links and is only a ten-minute car journey from the M25 in clear traffic.
Journeys to Kingston upon Thames take twenty minutes, journeys to Hounslow take 5 minutes or 10 minutes by walk, whilst a journey to Richmond is ten minutes. Residents living in the north of the town use the closer Hounslow on the Hounslow Loop Line and Waterloo-Reading mainline. As London Underground does not serve the Twickenham area, connections are often made at Richmond for the District line , or at Hounslow East for the Piccadilly line.
Plans to increase the frequency of the 'semi-fast' service to four trains per hour were first discussed in the Wessex Route Study consultation held in and are expected to be included in the new South Western franchise. Whitton is served by London Buses routes , , , , H20 and H Whitton is located between the two district centres of Hounslow to the north, and Twickenham town centre to the east and is for the most part suburban housing.
The land is between 60 and 70 feet above sea level and is noticeable flat and fertile and was once home to extensive market gardens until the turn of the twentieth century. The soil is mainly Taplow gravel with some patches of brick clay. The borough's main arterial road, the A , running between Chiswick and the M3 motorway was built in the s.
Over time areas south of the A have been transferred to Twickenham apart from the Rosecroft Estate which can only be accessed via the A thus cutting off Whitton from the rest of Twickenham and helping to develop the separate community identity in Whitton. Prior to , these residents who were on the border only had a post town of Hounslow despite living in Whitton.
In , Royal Mail created Whitton as a unique postal district where now residents of Whitton who live on the border of Whitton and Hounslow can put Whitton in their address. Whitton is bordered by a number of other residential districts, with other areas of Twickenham and the centre itself nearby.
Large nearby towns including Richmond , Hounslow and Kingston upon Thames are also close and have an even greater pull, especially Richmond, due to their shopping facilities and employment opportunities.
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They were replaced by new wings, producing Kneller Hall, the building seen today. At the centre of the original village, about m from Kneller Hall is the White Hart, an inn dating back at least to the midth century and possibly much earlier. Records relating to this inn seem to suggest that Whitton had an importance that was not well recorded, or that travellers passed through it in considerable numbers. Indeed, until the s the village was still separated from the surrounding towns by open fields and much of the earlier character of the old village was retained well into the s.
However, in little more than a decade all that changed. A number of houses were damaged by enemy bombing in the early years of the Second World War. Before , 86 Hounslow Road received a direct hit from a German bomb and was badly damaged, though not destroyed. In June , 81 High Street received a direct hit from a V1 flying bomb. Part of the parade of shops and the flats above was totally destroyed and several people were killed.
In a Church of England elementary school was opened in the grounds of Kneller Hall, its playground adjoining Whitton Dene and Kneller Road surrounded by a high brick wall and a line of horse-chestnut trees. Originally co-educational, by the end of the Second World War it had become a boys-only school and remained in use until the s.