• Ealing is a district of West London, England, located 7.9 miles (12.7 km) west of Charing Cross.
  • It is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Ealing and identified as a major metropolitan centre in the London Plan (the development strategy for Greater London written by the Mayor of London).
  • Ealing is in the historic county of Middlesex.  Until the urban expansion of London in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, it was a rural village within Ealing parish.
  • Ealing has the characteristics of both leafy suburban and inner-city developments, and some areas likenPitshanger retain a village feel.
  • Most of Ealing, including the commercial district, South Ealing, Ealing Common, Montpelier, Pitshanger and most of Hanger Hill fall under the W5 postcode.
  • Areas to the north-west of the town centre such as Argyle Road and West Ealing fall under W13 instead.
  • The most important changes to Ealing occurred in the 19th century. The building of the Great Western Railway in the 1830s, part of which passed through the centre of Ealing, led to the opening of a railway station on the Broadway in 1879, originally called Haven Green.
  • Pitzhanger Manor and the extensive 28 acres (110,000 m2) grounds on which it stands, was sold to the council in 1901 by Sir Spencer Walpole, which had been bought by his father the Rt. Hon. Spencer Horatio Walpole and thus became Walpole Park.
  • Ealing is served by 6 underground stations: Ealing Broadway, North Ealing, South Ealing, Hanger Lane, Northfields and Ealing Common. The Piccadilly line operates at North Ealing, Ealing Common, South Ealing and Northfields; the Central line at Ealing Broadway and Hanger Lane; and the District line at Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common.
  • In addition, the stations at Ealing Broadway and West Ealing are served by National Rail operators First Great Western and Heathrow Connect.
  • The stations will be linked with Crossrail when it is ready.
  • A total of 18 buses (including night buses) serve Ealing Broadway.

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