"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Sioux under General
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Before heading back to South Africa, I spent a few days in Uxbridge, a town in west London, 24.1 km west-northwest of Charing Cross, catching up on days gone by with a good friend and her partner. As they were both at work I went out & about on my own for the day. Uxbridge certainly has an interesting history. The Anglo-Saxons began to settle and farm in the area of Uxbridge in the 5th century, clearing the dense woodland and remaining there for around 500 years.

Several historical events have taken place in and around the town, including attempted negotiations between King Charles I and the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War. The public house at the center of those events, since renamed the Crown & Treaty, still stands.


Uxbridge also houses the Battle of Britain Bunker, from where the air defence of the south-east of England was coordinated during the Battle of Britain. Situated in RAF Uxbridge, the No. 11 Group Operations Room within the bunker played a crucial role during the battle and was later used during the D-Day landings. During the Second World War Uxbridge adopted the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Intrepid in 1942, to help towards the ship’s costs; Intrepid was lost to enemy action the following year.


The town and surrounding areas suffered bombing by the Luftwaffe. V1 flying bombs fell on the town between June 1944 and March 1945. The first recorded bombing using a V1 was on 22 June 1944 when the bomb passed over the top of a bus and hit four houses nearby. Seven people were killed and 25 injured, leaving 46 houses in the area uninhabitable. The RAF bunker is an historical site and can be visited by arrangement only.


Archaeologists found Bronze Age remains (pre 700 BC) and medieval remains during the construction of The Chimes shopping center.

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A statue named “Anticipation”, featuring a woman, child and dog was unveiled near the front entrance of The Chimes shopping center on 25 June 2002 by HRH Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip. The statue had been commissioned by Hillingdon Arts Association and was created by Anita Lafford. Her design was chosen on March 2001 following an open competition which began in January 2000. At some stage during 2003 the statue mysteriously disappeared from its position but has now been returned and fixed permanently into a concrete plinth outside the underground station.


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One response to “Day tripping…..setting out….”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    So glad we did not have to live through that error!

    Very interesting thank you S x x

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