A recent addition to the platform is this shelter. No doubt very welcome in the wet weather.
Leaving the station I was surprised by the volume of traffic on the road outside. I had heard of Northolt village so had imagined a much quieter environment.
I crossed the busy A312 and within five minutes I had found the village green with its well maintained grass and flower beds.
It has a splendid copper weather vane on top of the clock tower but I couldn't find out why it was in the shape of a ship.
Walking on you arrive at the older part of the village green. A small stream meanders through the green which looks very picturesque until you get a bit closer and notice the litter that has just been casually thrown into it! Overlooking this part of the green is a group of older cottages.
In the older part of the village is The Crown public house. There has been a drinking establishment on this site since the early 18th cent. The original building and stables were extended and modified during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Next to the pub is this K6 telephone box. Eight kiosk types were introduced by the GPO (General Post Office) between 1926 and 1983. The K6 was designed by Sir Giles Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935. Some 60,000 were installed around Britain which is why this design has come to represent the red telephone box. Despite the decline in need for public telephone boxes over 11,000 K6s still remain.
St Mary's church and the Memorial Hall is reached from the green up a lime tree-lined path.
The door was firmly locked so I had to be content with admiring the outside of the church.
Surrounding the church is the graveyard with its assortment of aging gravestones. A pathway through the graveyard takes you out onto open parkland.
I followed the path through the countryside park to the back of the church and it led me to the site of an old moated manor house.
There is nothing left of the manor house but its history. The manor of Northolt was given by William the Conqueror to Geoffrey de Mandeville after the conquest in 1066. A stone Manor house was built here in 1231. A moat was also dug and this survived as a feature long after the buildings had been pulled down. The land was purchased by Ealing Borough Council in 1928 from a developer who wanted to build over the moated site. Instead the council turned the land into a park. The site was excavated between 1950 and 1970 and the finds removed to a local museum.
There are markers laid out to show the plan of the medieval manor.
Beyond the garden you can see the Crown Public House. Looking in the opposite direction you see the Willow Cottages.
There used to be three cottages here but these two have been left as a reminder of the spartan living conditions of the agricultural labourers from the early 1800s, They were occupied until 1930. The cottages became run down and condemned for their lack of sanitary facilities but have been preserved as part of the rest garden. Eventually they will become an interpretation centre with displays relating to the local manor house site and other places of interest. The door was open so I had a peep inside. Currently they appear to be used to store the gardeners' tools.
Behind the mounds are six fishing lakes as well as a large children's playground and other facilities.
Bridges and subways took me back along the High Street to the station and home.