Heston  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Heston like this:

HESTON, a village and a parish in Brentford district, Middlesex. The village stands near the Grand Junction canal, 1½ mile S of Southall r. station, and 1½ N by W of Hounslow; is irregularly built, yet contains good houses and villas; and has a post office under Hounslow, London W, and a fair on 1 May. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Sutton, Lampton, Cranford, Scrattage, and Spring Grove, and parts of the hamlet of North Hyde and the town of Hounslow. Acres, 3, 720. Real property, £25, 355; of which £30 are in the canal. Pop. in 1851, 5, 202; in 1861, 7, 096. Houses, 1, 265. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Crown; was given, by Queen Elizabeth, to Sir T. Gresham; passed to Sir W. Waller and to Child the banker; and belongs now to Earl Jersey. Osterley House was built by Sir T. Gresham; and is a handsome square, redbrick edifice. The land is famous for its wheat; and this, in Queen Elizabeth's time, was reserved for the Royal table. There are market gardens and extensive brick fields. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London. Value, £654.* Patron, the Bishop of London. The church is early English; was rebuilt in 1865; and contains a brass of 1650, a tomb of Sir J. Banks, and an octagonal font. The vicarages of Hounslow and SpringGrove are separate benefices. There are a Roman Catholic chapel and orphanage, a large national school, and charities £157.

Heston through time

Heston is now part of Hounslow district. Click here for graphs and data of how Hounslow has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Heston itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Heston, in Hounslow and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th June 2022

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