Hayes, Hillingdon

Hayes, Hillingdon

infobox UK place
official_name= Hayes
country = England
region= London
london_borough= Hillingdon
post_town= HAYES
postcode_area= UB
postcode_district = UB3, UB4
dial_code= 020
os_grid_reference= TQ095805
latitude= 51.5127
longitude= -0.4211
constituency_westminster= Hayes and Harlington

Hayes is a town in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It is a suburban development situated 13 miles (20.9 km) west of Charing Cross and within the historic county boundaries of Middlesex. 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.


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


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.


Hayes has always been heavily involved with Industry, both local and International, and is (or has been) the home of EMI, Nestlé, Heinz, and past companies include Fairey Aviation (later merged with Westland), and HMV.

An early occupier was the Gramophone Company, later His Master's Voice and latterly EMI. Only the EMI archives and some early reinforced concrete factory buildings, notably one (1912) by Evan Owen Williams, later knighted, the engineer, remain.

It was here in the Central Research Laboratories (generally known as "CRL") that Isaac Shoenberg developed (1934) the all-electronic 405-line television system (called the EMI-Marconi system, used by the BBC from 1936 until closedown of the Crystal Palace 405 line transmissions in 1985). Alan Blumlein carried out his research into binaural sound and stereo gramophone recording here. "Trains at Hayes Station" (1935) and "Walking & Talking" are two notable films Blumlein shot to demonstrate stereo sound on film. These films are held at the Hayes EMI archive.

In 1939, working alongside the electrical firms A.C. Cossor and Pye, a 60 MHz radar was developed, and from 1941 to 1943 the H2S radar system. Later Godfrey Hounsfield was to create his computed tomography (CT) scanner, utilising the EMIDEC 1100 computer of which he was the project leader, receiving the MacRobert Award in 1972 and the Nobel Prize in 1979.

During the 1990s, CRL spawned another world-beating technology: Sensaura 3D positional audio. This technology was widely licensed to audio chip manufacturers and for use in game consoles and computer games. In an echo of Blumlein's early stereo recordings, the Sensaura engineers made some of their first 3D audio recordings at Hayes Station. The Sensaura team also won the MacRobert Award, in 2001.

On the 1st September, 2007, Hayes also boasts its own, licenced Radio station-broadcasting on 91.8 MHz, FM, the station 91.8 Hayes FM reaches out across not only Hayes, but the surrounding communities of Southall, West Drayton, Cranford and Yeading and is one of many licensed by Ofcom for general Community service. The station's remit is simple; World music, music from the last 5 decades, and Asian crossover tracks, with talks by the local populace - for the local populace.

Aircraft manufacture

In World War I the EMI factories produced aircraft. Richard Fairey was seconded there for a short time, before setting up his own company, Fairey Aviation, which relocated across the railway. Needing an airfield to test his aircraft he secured a site at the south east of what is now Heathrow Airport, which was acquired by the Ministry of Aviation towards the end of World War II, which renamed it, Heathrow, which was to become Britain's most important airport. Until its takeover by Morrisons the head office of Safeway plc was located in Hayes, on the old Fairey Aviation site. In early 2006 Morrisons have sold this site to an unknown developer.

The Nestlé company located its major chocolate and instant coffee works on the canal, adjacent to the railway east of the station, and it was for many years, the UK headquarters of the company.

Opposite Nestlé on the other side of the canal, the Aeolian company and its associates manufactured player pianos and rolls from just before the World War I until the depression. That, and the increasing sophistication of the gramophone record market lead to its collapse, and its facilities were then exploited by Walls, a meat processor and ice cream manufacturer.

Development as a suburb

Since development, industry has been pre-eminent in Hayes, and the provision of adequate housing did not begin until after World War I with the creation of modest dwellings of the garden suburb type.

George Orwell, who adopted this pseudonym while living here, worked as a schoolmaster at The Hawthorns High School for Boys, situated in Church Road. The school has since closed and is now known as The Fountain House Hotel. He hated his time in Hayes, camouflaging it lightly as West Bletchley in "Coming Up for Air", as Southbridge in "A Clergyman's Daughter" and saying of it:

"Hayes ... is one of the most godforsaken places I have ever struck. The population seems to be entirely made up of clerks who frequent tin-roofed chapels on Sundays and for the rest bolt themselves within doors."

Since Orwell's time other famous names have spent time in Hayes. Former England footballer Glenn Hoddle was born here in 1957, one time England captain Ray Wilkins grew up here, as did punk band The Ruts, former BBC director-general Greg Dyke was born in Hayes and attended Hayes Grammar School, and Brian Connolly, late singer of Seventies glam rock outfit Sweet, at one time lived in Hayes. More recently the actor Anne Marie Duff grew up in Hayes.

Hayes's most famous resident pre-dates them all. The man known as "the father of English music", William Byrd lived in Harlington in the 1540s and a primary school in the area bears his name.

Transport and locale


Although not in Hayes, Hayes' nearby tube station include Uxbridge the Uxbridge to Rayners Lane branch of the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines and Ealing Broadway


Hayes has the following bus routes travelling through it: U3, U4, U5, U7,
427, 607, H98, 90, 195, E6, 140, 696, 697, 207 and 698. There are also several night bus routes. Recently Route H50 was replaced by Route 350, and Route 195 has been extended to Brentford County Court with the possibility of Route U7 being extended.


Hayes and Harlington station offers frequent local services to London Paddington in about 15-20 minutes, and services to Oxford, Reading, Slough, and Heathrow Airport. First Great Western trains are available from Hayes & Harlington Station and the proposed Crossrail service will pass through Hayes & Harlington


The area is close to junctions 3 and 4 of the M4 Motorway. The A312 is the main north-south route. The A4020 "Uxbridge Road" is the main West-East route passing directly through Hayes.


The Grand Union Canal runs through Hayes passing near the station and shopping area. Travellers by boat may moor at Hayes and take advantage of its local amenities, which are few, given the importance of the town, such as shops, banks etc.

Notable people

* Birthplace of England national football team player Glenn Hoddle.
* 80's pop star Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners lives on a canal boat in Hayes.
* Actress Jane Seymour.
* Greg Dyke
* Major-General James Grant, C.B.

Nearest places

* Yeading
* Harlington
* Northolt
* Southall
* Ealing
* Hounslow
* Hanwell
* Uxbridge

ee also

*Hayes, Bromley.

External links

* [http://www.doramusic.com Alan Blumlein]
* [http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Biographies/MainBiographies/W/Williams2/Williams.htm Sir Evan Owen Williams]
* [http://hayesmiddlesex.com/ HayesMiddlesex.com]
* [http://HillingdonChat.com/ HillingdonChat.com]
* [http://ourhistory-hayes.blogspot.com/ Hayes People's History]

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