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Ealing name derives from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Gilla and “ingas” which means “people of”. It translates to “place of Gilla’s people”. The area was known as Gillingas in the 8th century, Illing in the 12th century, and Ylling in the 13th century. The current spelling is used starting with the 19th century. This West London Area is part of the historic county of Middlesex. Ealing was a rural settlement until the end of the 19th century. The building of the local railway station kick-started urban development. The area was known as the “queen of the suburbs” at the start of the 20th century because it had many green spaces and convenient placement. Since 1965, it is part of Greater London.
Ealing Broadway is the name of the center of this W5 area. This is also the name of a transfer station. The commercial district is known as South Ealing. The common hosted a cricket game in 1773 between London and Ealing & Acton. It is not known who won the game but records show that the prize was £50. This was a lot of money back then. The common has Victorian horse chestnut trees, London plane trees, and a large English oak. Warwick Dene park is on the southwest part of the common. It is enclosed and has rose beds.
Great Ealing School was built in the 17th century and it was considered the best private school in England. Notable students include scientist Thomas Huxley, publisher Charles Knight, and author Frederick Marryat. Rod Stewart is one of the most famous artists who performed at the old Ealing Jazz Club. This is the place where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met future Rolling Stones member Brian Jones. Several annual festivals such as Music and Film Valentine Festival, Beer Festival, Opera in the Park, and Comedy Festival are held here. The Jazz Festival was the first local event that took place here in Walpole Park.