Hayes, Hillingdon

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Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°25′16″W / 51.5127°N 0.4211°W / 51.5127; -0.4211

Hayes is a town in the London Borough of Hillingdon, West London. It is a suburban development situated 13 miles (21 km) west of Charing Cross. Hayes was developed in the late 19th and 20th centuries as an industrial locality to which residential districts were later added to house factory workers. Its development is typical of the Second Industrial Revolution - the creation of new light engineering industries on the edge of existing cities. It has a diverse population.

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Etymology

The name comes from Anglo-Saxon Hǣs or Hǣse = "(land overgrown with) brushwood"

History

Until the end of the 19th century, Hayes (West London), was primarily an agricultural and brickmaking area. However, because of its location on the Grand Junction Canal (later called the Grand Union) and the Great Western Railway it had a number of advantages as an industrial location in the late 19th century. It was because of this proximity that the Hayes Development Company offered sites on the north side of the railway, adjacent to the canal.

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