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Greenway, Yeading
Grid reference: TQ115825
Location: 51°31’49"N, 0°23’30"W
Post town: Hayes
Postcode: UB4
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Hillingdon
Hayes and Harlington

Yeading is a town in western Middlesex, within the Greater London conurbation.


Yeading is very early Saxon and was originally Geddingas or Geddinges, meaning "the people of Geddi".[1]


The earliest surviving documented allusion to Yeading dates from AD 757, in which year Æthelbald of Mercia made a land grant which mentioned Geddinges (Yeading) and Fiscesburne (Crane or Yeading Brook). The first land grant including Yeading was made by Offa in 790 to Æthelhard, Archbishop of Canterbury: "in the place called on linga Haese [Hayes] and Geddinges [Yeading] around the stream called Fiscesburna [Crane or Yeading Brook]."[2]

Anglo-Saxon settlement in Yeading therefore seems probable, but the history of Yeading in subsequent centuries is not as clear as that of Hayes. Such details as the names of many Yeading manor holders remain unknown.[2]

Yeading Dock was one of many docks built along the Grand Union Canal in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The main industry in Hayes and Yeading at this time was brickmaking, and the canal provided a reliable way of transporting larger numbers of bricks. Yeading's brickworkers could be known to keep pigs as a second source of income. A bourgeois writer, one Elizabeth Hunt, wrote in 1861 that in "Yeading dirt, ignorance and darkness reign supreme."[3] In 1874, however, one James Thorne wrote that the inhabitants of Yeading were "always found civil".[4]

Yeading was still not developed in the 1920s. Yeading Lane was often flooded, and access beyond Yeading to Northolt seems to have been by footpath only before the First World War. During the War, a properly constructed road was built linking the Great Western Railway station at Hayes with the L.N.E.R. line at Northolt. Yeading was still mainly a rural area.[5]

After the Second World War, a large prefab estate was erected in Yeading. By 1956, Yeading's Tilbury Square was still without gas and electricity, and oil stoves and open fires were still used; the public house The Willow Tree, reputedly some 400 years old (now demolished), was lit by three cylinders of calor gas.[6] The Yeading Lane estate underwent largescale development in the late 1960s and '70s.



Yeading Library, Yeading Lane, UB4 0EW.


Public houses

Pubs in Yeading include:

Sport and recreation

Football team Hayes & Yeading United F.C. was assembled from the former Hayes F.C. and Yeading F.C.[7]

Yeading's parks and greens provide plenty of opportunity for children to play. There are three Local Nature Reserves, Yeading Brook Meadows, Ten Acre Wood and Gutteridge Wood and Meadows.

Notable people

  • Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the BBC, attended Yeading Primary School

Yeading on screen

  • Yeading F.C.'s erstwhile ground, known as the Warren, was used to film scenes from the Keira Knightley film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Yeading's commercial manager Bill Perryman was given a part in the film.
  • Yeading F.C.'s former ground was also used to film scenes from the Vinnie Jones film Mean Machine (2001).
  • Location footage for British soap opera Family Affairs (1997-2005) was mostly shot in West London; the Lock and its surrounding areas were filmed at Willowtree Marina.


  1. Catherine Kelter, Hayes: A Concise History (Hillingdon Borough Libraries, 1988), p. 9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kelter, Hayes (1988), p. 13.
  3. Kelter, Hayes (1988), p. 39.
  4. James Thorne, Handbook to the Environs of London, alphabetically arranged (London, 1876), pp. 334-6.
  5. Kelter, Hayes (1988), p. 59.
  6. Kelter, Hayes (1988), pp. 72-3.
  7. "Yeading Football Club". Hayes & Yeading Football Club. 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 

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