London Borough of Hounslow

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London Borough of Hounslow
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Created1 April 1965
Admin HQ Hounslow
  Type London borough council
  Body Hounslow London Borough Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Labour)
  MayorCouncillor Bishnu Gurung
  London Assembly Tony Arbour AM for South West
   MPs Seema Malhotra
Ruth Cadbury
  Total21.61 sq mi (55.98 km2)
Area rank258th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank56th (of 309)
  Density13,000/sq mi (4,900/km2)
  Ethnicity [1]
37.9% White British
1.9% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
11.5% Other White
0.9% White & Black Caribbean
0.7% White & Black African
1.3% White & Asian
1.2% Other Mixed
19% Indian
5.4% Pakistani
0.9% Bangladeshi
0.9% Chinese
8.2% Other Asian
4.2% Black African
1.3% Black Caribbean
1% Other Black
1.4% Arab
2.1% Other
Time zone UTC (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
Area code(s) 020
ONS code 00AT
GSS code E09000018
Police Metropolitan Police

The London Borough of Hounslow ( Loudspeaker.svg pronunciation  ) is a London borough in West London, England, forming part of Outer London. It was created in 1965 when three smaller Middlesex council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963. It is governed by Hounslow London Borough Council.


The borough stretches from near Central London in the east (Chiswick) to the border with Surrey in the west (Feltham and Bedfont), covering five major towns: Chiswick (W4), Brentford (TW8), Isleworth (TW7), Hounslow (TW3, TW4, TW5) and Feltham (TW13, TW14); it borders the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Hillingdon, in addition to the Spelthorne district of Surrey.

The Borough is home to the London Museum of Water & Steam and the attractions of Osterley Park, Gunnersbury Park, Syon House, and Chiswick House. Moreover, landmarks straddling the border of Hounslow include; Twickenham Stadium and London Heathrow Airport in the London Boroughs of Richmond-upon-Thames and Hillingdon respectively.

List of Districts in Hounslow

PostcodeTowns, Districts and other localities
London W3

Head District ( Acton ) not in borough

South Acton (part) Gunnersbury Park
London W4 ( Chiswick )Chiswick Kew Bridge (part) Turnham Green
London W5

Head District ( Ealing ) not in borough

Gunnersbury Park (part)
London W6

Head District ( Hammersmith ) not in borough

Chiswick (part)
London W7

Head District ( Hanwel l) not in borough

Osterley Park (part)
London W12

Head District ( Shepherd's Bush ) not in borough

Chiswick (part)
London W13

Head District ( West Ealing ) not in borough

Brentford (part)
London SW13

Head District (Barnes) not in borough

Barnes Bridge
London SW14

Head District ( Mortlake ) not in borough

Chiswick Bridge
Hounslow TW3 Hounslow Town Centre Hounslow Central Hounslow East Hounslow West (part)
Hounslow TW4Hounslow West Hounslow Heath Cranford (part)
Hounslow TW5 Heston Cranford
Hounslow TW6Cranford (part)
Isleworth TW7IsleworthOld Isleworth Syon Park (approx. half) Osterley/Osterley Park
Brentford TW8Brentford/Kew BridgeGunnersbury Park (part)Syon Park (approx. half)Osterley Park
Richmond-upon-Thames TW9

Post Town not in borough

Oliver's Island (Chiswick)Kew Bridge
Hampton TW12

Post Town not in borough

Hampton (Twickenham RFC)
Feltham TW13Feltham (approx. half) Hanworth
Feltham TW14Feltham (approx. half) Bedfont
Ashford TW15

Post Town not in borough

Feltham (part)
Sunbury-on-Thames TW16

Post Town not in borough

Feltham (part)
Staines-upon-Thames TW19

Post Town not in borough

Feltham (Bedfont)
Southall UB2

Post Town not in borough

Norwood Green (part) North Hyde Osterley Park
Hayes UB3

Post Town not in borough

North Hyde/Cranford (part)


The borough's area is approximately quarter parkland. Large areas of London's open space fall within its boundaries, including Chiswick House and Gardens, Gunnersbury Park, Syon Park, Osterley Park, Hounslow Heath, Avenue Park in Cranford; and Hanworth Park. The borough's predominant land use is mainly residential, with a large, commercial town centre of Hounslow. Other large town centres include Chiswick, Feltham and Brentford. Business is mainly focused on retail; and aviation (due to the proximity of Heathrow airport) especially in the west of the borough (Hounslow and Feltham). Parts of the Borough; including Chiswick, Turnham Green, Osterley and Old Isleworth are some of the most expensive parts of Outer London. With other areas such as Hounslow, Feltham and Heston being more affordable.


The borough is home to the headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline and Sky plc, both based in Brentford's 'Golden Mile' stretch of the A4 Great West Road, and several supermarket outlets once known across the globe for its cluster of factories and offices, and is currently going under extensive re developments in the form of new apartment blocks and offices. Fuller's Griffin Brewery is also in the borough, in Chiswick. Aston Martin were based in Feltham for several years before moving to Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. [2]

DHL Air UK has its head office in Hounslow. [3]

Air France-KLM's head office for United Kingdom and Ireland operations, which includes facilities for Air France and KLM, is located in Plesman House in Hatton Cross in the borough. [n 1] [4] The Plesman House, outside of Terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport, has the UK commercial team, sales team, and support team. [5] Sega Europe has its head office in Brentford. [6] Menzies Aviation has its head office by the airport in Feltham. [7] [8] JCDecaux UK has its head office in Brentford. [9]

Before winding-up British Mediterranean Airways was headquartered at Hetherington House near London Heathrow Airport

A 2017 study by Trust for London and New Policy Institute found that pay inequality in Hounslow is the second largest of any London borough. It also found that 25% people in Hounslow live in poverty, which is slightly lower than the London-wide poverty rate of 27%. [10]


53.3% of the borough's population is White, 34.4% is Asian, and 6.6% is Black. The most noticeable South Asian populations in the borough are in Hounslow, Heston and Cranford, all of which also have considerable Eastern European populations. The majority of Afro-Caribbean, West African, and East African populations are situated around the Brentford, Isleworth and Feltham areas. The majority of the White British population reside in the eastern and western parts of the borough (Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley, Hounslow East, Hanworth, Feltham and Bedfont), with this population being most prominent in the affluent areas of Chiswick and Osterley.

In terms of religion, 42% identify themselves as Christian, 14% Muslim, 10.3% Hindu, 9% Sikh, 1.4% Buddhist and 0.3% Jewish, 18% of the population are not religious.. At 9%, Hounslow has the largest proportion of Sikhs in London, and the third-highest in England after Slough and Wolverhampton.

The following table shows the ethnic group of respondents in the 2001 and 2011 census in Hounslow.


Population census
1801 11,672    
1811 13,717+17.5%
1821 15,861+15.6%
1831 17,817+12.3%
1841 20,924+17.4%
1851 23,095+10.4%
1861 32,942+42.6%
1871 42,789+29.9%
1881 52,637+23.0%
1891 65,836+25.1%
1901 85,688+30.2%
1911 111,565+30.2%
1921 132,823+19.1%
1931 158,134+19.1%
1941 183,060+15.8%
1951 211,916+15.8%
1961 209,161−1.3%
1971 206,469−1.3%
1981 198,967−3.6%
1991 209,016+5.1%
2001 212,344+1.6%
2011 253,957+19.6%
Note: [11]
Ethnic Group2001 [12] 2011 [13]
White: British118,42155.77%96,26437.91%
White: Irish6,1982.92%4,7751.88%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller1830.07%
White: Other13,1356.19%29,28311.53%
White: Total137,75464.87%130,50551.39%
Asian or Asian British: Indian36,81217.34%48,16118.96%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani9,1274.30%13,6765.39%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi1,1250.53%2,1890.86%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese1,8420.87%2,4050.95%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian5,4462.56%20,8268.20%
Asian or Asian British: Total54,35225.60%87,25734.36%
Black or Black British: African5,7232.70%10,7874.25%
Black or Black British: Caribbean2,8261.33%3,3811.33%
Black or Black British: Other Black6880.32%2,6451.04%
Black or Black British: Total9,2374.35%16,8136.62%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean1,3820.65%2,2730.90%
Mixed: White and Black African8430.40%1,7300.68%
Mixed: White and Asian2,4071.13%3,3901.33%
Mixed: Other Mixed1,8150.85%2,9561.16%
Mixed: Total6,4473.04%10,3494.08%
Other: Arab3,6381.43%
Other: Any other ethnic group5,3952.12%
Other: Total4,5512.14%9,0333.56%
Black, Asian, and minority ethnic: Total74,58735.13%123,45248.61%

Attractions, parks and open spaces

Major parks and recreational spaces include; Chiswick Gardens, Chiswick common, Turnham Green, Gunnersbury Park, Gunnersbury Triangle Nature reserve, Carville Hall Parks, Claypond Garden, Boston Manor Park, London Playing field, Syon Park, Osterley Park, Thornbury Park, Lampton Park, Inwood Park, Heston Sports Ground, Hounslow Heath, Avenue Park, Crane Park, Letrim Park, Hanworth Park and Bedfont Lakes Country Park. Parks that are a short distance from Hounslow's border are; Ravenscourt Park (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham), Acton Green common, Acton Park, Ealing common, Elthorne Parkin the London Borough of Ealing, Cranford Park in the London Borough of Hillingdon, Hampton common, Fulwell Golf club, Crane Park (Whitton), Murray Park, Kew Gardens, Old Deer Park, Marble Hill Park, Richmond Park, Ham Lands, Bushy Park and Hampton Court in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.

The River Thames forms the natural boundary between Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames. It runs through the borough at Chiswick, Brentford and Isleworth. Various tributaries and dis tributaries of the Thames flow through the borough, including; The River Crane, River Brent/Grand Union Canal, Duke of Northumberland's River, Longford River and the Feltham Hill Brook to name a few.

Political composition

A map showing the wards of Hounslow since 2002 Hounslow London UK labelled ward map 2002.svg
A map showing the wards of Hounslow since 2002
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Hounslow House

Elections across the London Boroughs are currently held every four years. Since the Hounslow borough was formed it has been controlled by the Labour Party on all but two elections: in 1968 the Conservatives formed a majority until they lost control to Labour in 1971. The 2006 local elections produced a no overall control result. Although Labour was the largest party on the Council, the Conservatives formed a coalition with the six Councillors from the independent Isleworth Community Group (ICG) which administered the area until the 2010 local elections when Labour regained control. [14]

Seat distribution as of 2018 elections:

Labour 51
Conservative 9

Reflecting how votes were cast in the national elections, in separate polls held the same day, for the 2010-2014 period, the Conservatives and Labour won fifteen seats each from the Brentford and Isleworth (UK Parliament constituency). Overall, control was held by the Council's Labour administration as 20 Labour Party Councillors and 10 Conservative Party Councillors were elected for wards in the Feltham and Heston half of the borough.

Between 1998 and 2006 Independents were elected to the London Borough of Hounslow from the area. The first Independent Community Group (ICG) Councillor was elected in 1998 as Isleworth Community Group in Isleworth. In 2002 three ICG Councillors were elected in Isleworth. In 2006 six ICG Councillors were elected (Syon and Isleworth wards), and former Labour Leader of the Council John Connelly was re-elected as an Independent in Hounslow Heath ward. All seven of the Independents were defeated in the local elections held on 6 May 2010 by, in their respective wards, Labour Party candidates. Since then one Conservative councillor has become an Independent and four Conservative Councillors have defected to UKIP. Since 2019, the council has been based at Hounslow House in Bath Road. [15]



The town of Hounslow, which has existed since the 13th century, is located at the centre of the Borough of Hounslow. The name Hounslow means 'Hund's mound'; the personal name Hund is followed by the Old English hlaew meaning mound or barrow. (The mound may have been his burial place.) It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Honeslaw. [16]


The borough was formed in 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, by the merger of the area of the Municipal Borough of Brentford and Chiswick, The Municipal Borough of Heston and Isleworth and Feltham Urban District of Middlesex.

The Borough is an outer borough of Greater London and lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames. It is the site of the first stop on an important coach route to Southampton, Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The A30 Great South West Road, which runs down to Penzance in Cornwall, starts in the borough. Hounslow town developed on either side of the main Great West Road (now the A3006/A4 Bath Road ) from London to the West of England, causing a large number of inns to be built to serve the travellers. A few, such as The Bell retain their names, although the buildings have largely been replaced. The Bell marks the former junction of the coaching routes of the A314 Hanworth Road, A315 Staines Road, A3005 Lampton Road and the A3006 Bath Road. Historic milestones are preserved on the Staines Road (now re-numbered as the A315 but joining the "old" A30 again just inside the borough's western boundary)

Hounslow grew rapidly in the latter half of the 20th century due to other travel, a connection to the largest of London's airports since the 1940s, Heathrow Airport which is in the Hounslow post town. Little known is that aviation dates to the early 1900s here when one of London's earliest airfields was situated on Hounslow Heath because of the extremely flat terrain. The Great West Road, which crosses the borough from Chiswick to Heathrow, at one time served nationally and globally famous manufacturers including Firestone, Gillette and Coty. As a result, the area became known as the "Golden Mile". A few of these factory sites remain today, such as Gillette Corner, and the Great West Road is still home to many prestigious names (see "famous companies" below), providing them with easy non-motorway access between Slough, London Heathrow Airport and Central London.



Hounslow abuts the perimeter of Heathrow Airport in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport are vigorously opposed by Hounslow if such plans increase or widen noise and pollution, weighed against arguments of greater employment and spending. [17]


River services between Westminster Pier and Hampton Court depart from Kew Gardens Pier just across the River Thames from Hounslow.


Major roads in the Borough include:

Rail and London Underground

The Borough is served by South Western Railway; Mainline and Hounslow Loop Line and London Overground's North London Line. Moreover, the Borough's residents (in Cranford, North Hyde and Heston) use railway stations just outside the Borough's boundaries which are served by the Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express and in the future Elizabeth line. In addition to this it is also served by London Underground's District and Piccadilly lines. Because of numerous rail links, the borough has fast connections to Central London, Heathrow Airport and the rest of Greater London.

The stations in or near the Borough are:

Shared with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham:

Shared with the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames:

Shared with the London Borough of Ealing:

Solely serving the London Borough of Hounslow:

Shared with the London Borough of Hillingdon:

*Indicates station is not in the Borough

Travel to work

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were (of all residents aged 16–74):


Football Clubs

The borough of Hounslow has several Non-League football clubs:

The borough is also home to Staines Rugby Football Club who play at the "Reeves" in Hanworth.


Hounslow has a sister district agreement with Leningradsky District in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. [19]

People from Hounslow

Ian Gillan, vocalist for Deep Purple, and formerly of Black Sabbath and Gillan, is a native of Hounslow. Alistair Overeem a UFC Champion was also born here.

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Hounslow.


Military Units

See also

Notes and references

  1. The facility's inauguration was on 6 July 2006. Air France moved the office from Hammersmith, where it had been located for 15 years, to Hatton.
  1. 2011 Census: Ethnic group, local authorities in England and Wales , Office for National Statistics (2012). See Classification of ethnicity in the United Kingdom for the full descriptions used in the 2011 Census.
  2. "Heritage". Aston Martin. 1947 saw the dawn of the 'David Brown Era' [...] with the next few years seeing [...] the relocation of production to Hanworth Park, Feltham, Middlesex. [....] Production was moved to Newport Pagnell in 1954 [...]
  3. "Online Shipping." DHL Air UK. Retrieved on 23 April 2014. "DHL International (UK) Limited Registered Office: Orbital Park, 178-188 Great South West Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW4 6JS"
  4. "AIR FRANCE and KLM celebrate official inauguration of new office in London." Air France . 6 July 2006. Retrieved on 13 February 2010.
  5. "Career Opportunities." Air France UK and Ireland. Retrieved on 13 February 2010.
  6. "Corporate." SEGA. Retrieved on 31 January 2011. "SEGA Europe Ltd. 27 Great West Road Brentford Middlesex TW8 9BW United Kingdom ."
  7. "Contact Us Archived 15 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine ." Menzies Aviation. Retrieved on 18 February 2011. "Menzies Aviation plc, 4 New Square, Bedfont Lakes, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 8HA, United Kingdom."
  8. "Head Office Location Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine ." Menzie's Aviation. Retrieved on 18 February 2011.
  9. "Contact Us Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine ." JCDecaux UK. Retrieved on 28 September 2011. "JCDecaux UK - Head Office 991 Great West Road Brentford, Middlesex"
  10. "London's Poverty Profile". Trust for London. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  11. "Hounslow: Total Population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Great Britain Historical GIS Project. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  12. "KS006 - Ethnic group". NOMIS. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  13. "Ethnic Group by measures". NOMIS. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  14. "BBC NEWS | Election 2010 | Hounslow council".
  15. "Mayor of London opens new Hounslow civic centre". Capital West London. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  16. Room, Adrian: "Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles", Bloomsbury, 1988
  17. " Campaigns/Heathrow". Archived from the original on 23 December 2008.
  18. "2011 Census: QS701EW Method of travel to work, local authorities in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 November 2013. Percentages are of all residents aged 16-74 including those not in employment. Respondents could only pick one mode, specified as the journey’s longest part by distance.
  19. Cumber, Robert (17 December 2010). "Council to revive links with Palestinian town". Hounslow, Heston & Whitton Chronicle. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  20. Cumber, Robert (17 September 2014). "VC hero Johnson Beharry says Hounslow will always feel like home". MyLondon.
  21. "Freedom of the borough awarded to Hounslow MP and councillors". 3 November 2015. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  22. "Freedom of the Borough for Royal British Legions".

Coordinates: 51°28′3″N0°21′42″W / 51.46750°N 0.36167°W / 51.46750; -0.36167

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