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Ealing Town Hall on Ealing Broadway
Grid reference: TQ175805
Location: 51°30’40"N, 0°18’21"W
Post town: London
Postcode: W5, W13
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Ealing
Ealing North
Ealing, Southall
Ealing Central and Acton

Ealing is a large suburban town in Middlesex. Long submerged within the conurbation spread out from London, it has been designated a "major metropolitan centre" in the "London Plan".[1]

The town centre is on and around Ealing Broadway, which is stocked with a full range of shops.

The Old English name for Ealing as recorded around 700 was Gillingas, ("Gilling's folk").[2] The village was known as Illing in 1130, Gilling in 1243 and Ylling in 1254, until 'Ealing' became the standard spelling in the 19th century.[3]

Once a rural Middlesex village, Ealing formed a parish[4] and grew into a town. The railway camke in 1838, linking Ealing to London, which shifted the local economy to market garden supply and eventually to suburban development.


The ancient parish church of Ealing is St Mary's, in St Mary's Road.

There are over fifteen churches in Ealing.[5]

Ealing also has two well-established synagogues, The Ealing United Synagogue (Orthodox),[6] which celebrated its 90th anniversary in November 2009, and the Ealing Liberal Synagogue,[7] now in its 67th year.


The 19th Ealing Beer Festival in Walpole Park
  • The Jazz Festival is held in Walpole Park.
  • A Beer Festival is held each year; it was started and organized by the Campaign for Real Ale and originally held in the Ealing Town Hall, but has since transferred to Walpole Park.[8]
  • Blues Festival[9]
  • Comedy Festival,[9]
  • Global Festival,[9]
  • Jazz Festival.[9]
  • Opera in the Park,[9]


  1. Mayor of London (February 2008). "London Plan (Consolidated with Alterations since 2004)". Greater London Authority. http://www.london.gov.uk/thelondonplan/docs/londonplan08.pdf. 
  2. Room, Adrian: “Dictionary of Place-Names in the British Isles”, Bloomsbury, 1988
  3. Ekwall, Eilert: "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press, 1936
  4. Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0901050679. 
  5. St Mary's Church: Churches in Ealing
  6. EalingsSynagogue.com
  7. EalingLiberalsSynagogue.or.uk
  8. West Middlesex CAMRA Ealing Beer Festival.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Ealing Council. Ealing Summer. Accessed 2010-05-23