Perivale

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Coordinates: 51°32′18″N 0°19′09″W / 51.5383°N 0.3192°W / 51.5383; -0.3192

Perivale is a small suburb in the London Borough of Ealing, 10 miles (16 km) west of Charing Cross, central London. Landmarks in the suburb include the A40, a large road that connects Central London with the M40 motorway, and the large Art Deco Hoover Building, as well as St Mary's Church (C:15th century), the River Brent and Perivale Wood Bird Reserve run by the Selborne Society.

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Toponymy

Until the eighteenth century it was called Little Greenford or Greenford Parva, to distinguish it from Great Greenford.[1]

History

Perivale was an ancient parish in the county of Middlesex. It formed part of Greenford Urban District from 1894 to 1926 and was then absorbed by the Municipal Borough of Ealing. Before the 1930s residential building expansion, the fields of Perivale were used to grow hay for the working horses of Victorian London, a scene described in the ending of John Betjeman's poem 'Return to Ealing':

"...And a gentle gale from Perivale/blows up the hayfield scent."

Geography

A large part of Perivale is used in the form of a business and industrial park. Although mainly residential, there are some office blocks and parades of shops on Bilton Road, A40 slip road and in the Medway Village. It is home to one of the first American-style diners in the UK called Starvin' Marvin's. Perivale is also home to two golf courses; Ealing Golf Club and Perivale Golf Course.

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