Norwood Green, Middlesex

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Norwood Green
The Plough at Norwood Green.jpg
The Plough, Norwood Green
Grid reference: TQ135785
Location: 51°30’14"N, 0°22’27"W
Population: 14,032  (2011)
Post town: Southall
Postcode: UB2
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Ealing / Hounslow

Norwood Green is a village of Middlesex which has become swallowed within the close suburbs of the metropolitan conurbation. It is in effect today a suburban development situated eleven miles west of the City of London and four miles north-east of Heathrow Airport, and also in effect forms the southern part of the larger town of Southall.


Norwood Green is a modern rendering of an ancient name, as it used to be a hamlet known as Norwood in the manor of Norwood. The name 'Norwood' derives from the Old English Norþwudu ('North wood'), rendered later as Northuuda.[1]

The manor of Norwood was in the parish of Hounslow until 1859 when the church of St Mary became the parish church for a new parish that also took the name Norwood. This new parish encompassed also the hamlets of Southall and Northcotte.[2][3]

The village

The Green in Norwood Green

The area of this settlement is bounded by the Grand Union Canal to the north, Osterley Lane to the south, Windmill Lane to the east and Norwood Road to the west. The village retains its green, church and local pub but the local Metropolitan Police station and Post Office closed in 2008. There is a primary school in Norwood Green. The roadsides are lined with trees and there are several open spaces and wooded areas. Residential property consists of a mix of bungalows, large and small detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.

The parish church, St Mary The Virgin, has a bell-tower and is a Grade II* listed building.

One local pub, The Plough, is Grade II listed building. The adjoining Grade II listed stables were demolished in 2013 to allow the pub's associated bowling green to be built on by the brewery's developers. To the north of the Green is stands another pub, The Wolf, and further on, by the canal, The Lamb.

Friars Lawn, also Grade II listed, is a Georgian house overlooking the Green. Former residents include Gordon Selfridge of Selfridges, and the actress Hayley Mills.[4]

Big Society

The second Saturday of July is when the Norwood Green Residents' Association hold Village Day on the green - a local fete - and the church is dressed and opened to visitors.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Norwood Green, Middlesex)


  1. Gover, J. E. B.; Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M.: 'Place-Names of Middlesex , Part' (English Place-Names Society, 1942)
  2. A History of the County of Middlesex - Volume 4 : {{{2}}} (Victoria County History) Norwood, including Southall: Introduction
  3. A History of the County of Middlesex - Volume 4 : Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner (Victoria County History) - Norwood, including Southall: Manors
  4. Friars Lawn