This small attractive housing estate is Greenford’s Royal connection because it’s where the mother of the Duchess of Cambridge was born in 1955. This is the site of Perivale Maternity Hospital which was in use between 1937 and 1986. The land was eventually sold to Ealing Council and these homes were built by the Notting Hill Housing Trust. The mistakes made by earlier planners, who favoured tower blocks, were learned by those responsible for this project, which includes both flats and houses with gardens. The development is bounded to the south by the London Water Ring Main. You can find out more about Perivale Maternity Hospital on a website called “Lost Hospitals of London”, which is clearly a labour of love. The “About” page will be of particular interest to anyone whose local hospital is facing changes as a result of government cuts.
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