Ickenham

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Coordinates: 51°33′29″N 0°26′54″W / 51.5580°N 0.4484°W / 51.5580; -0.4484

Ickenham is a town in west London and is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon. It has a population of 9,933.[1]

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History

Ickenham first appeared in the Domesday Book under the name 'Ticheham'.

St Giles' church dates back to the 14th Century. The church formed a covenant with the United Reformed Church when it celebrated its 650th anniversary in the 1980s.[2]

The focus of the town is 'The Pump' - a water pump donated to the village by Charlotte Gell in 1866. The Pump was in use until December 1914 and was recently restored in partnership with a local building company. It stands close by the village pond, at the intersection of Swakeleys Road and Long Lane.

Ickenham is also home to Swakeleys House, a 17th Century Jacobean mansion, which now includes office space. The house was leased to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the Second World War.[3]

The town's library was opened in 1962. Following much discussion, Uxbridge Borough Council were persuaded to place a three sided clock commemorating the Coronation of Elizabeth II into the library's tower in 1954, where it remains, rather than within the eight sided Village Pump.[4]

Swakeleys School moved from Ickenham to share the site of Abbotsfield Boys School in Hillingdon in 1973.[5]

Ickenham has its own miniature railway open to the public on the first Saturday of every month.[6]

The original name Tichenham has been adopted by the town's Wetherspoons pub, The Tichenham Inn, built in 1999 on the site of a former petrol station.[7]

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