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Ealing gets its name from Gillngas, which means the people of Gilla. Sadly, we aren’t too sure who the people of Gilla are. However, it suggests that there was a Saxon settlement in the area, and the leader of this settlement was called Gilla.
Granted, ‘Ealing’ doesn’t really sound or look much like ‘Gillngas’, but this is because the name has gone through many changes over the years. In fact, it was only in the 19th century that ‘Ealing’ became the standard spelling. Before this, it was known as Yealing, Zelling and Eling. This is likely a result of new people coming to the area over several hundred years. The old name losing meaning with each new resident, and it being pronounced differently. Until finally, when mapping the area, people agreed that ‘Ealing’ was the best spelling.
The first maps of the area were made sometime in the 18th century. They give a really interesting impression of the area and show clearly how much has changed over the last few hundred years. The parish was mostly made up of countryside and fields, and farming was a massive part of the parish. In fact, it was the main occupation for almost everyone that lived in the parish. Most of the farms in Ealing at the time produced rye, wheat and maslin, but rye was certainly the most significant produce. There were also plenty of cows, sheep and chickens in the parish at the time too.
Despite most of Ealing being farmland in the 18th century, there was a very important road going through the parish. The road would later be called Uxbridge Road. It ran east towards London and west towards Oxford. This was a very important route at the time, as roads were pretty much the only way to travel. As a result, loads of inns dotted the road. Here, horses could be changed, and coachmen and their passengers could rest, eat and drink. The inns in Ealing were The Bell, The Feathers, The Green Man and The Old Hats.
While settlements randomly covered the entire parish in the 18th century, many of them ran along what we called St Mary’s Road today. This was the centre of the parish, and St Mary’s Church was very much the heart of the parish. These settlers may have been farmworkers, not the farmers themselves, as there were also smaller settlements located in Little Ealing, Ealing Dean, Drayton Green and Castle Bear Hill, which were likely sites for farmers to live.
Everything changed in Ealing in the 19th century. When the Great Western Railway was built in the 1830s, part of it ran through Ealing, and this eventually led to the building of Ealing Broadway in 1838. In the next few decades, Ealing changed forever. There was a huge amount of building in the area, designed for the middle class to leave London and enjoy the countryside. Finally, during the Victorian period, Ealing became a town and began a new stage of development and building work which eventually saw it become the beautiful place we know and love today.