Place:Cranford, Middlesex, England

Alt namesCranfordesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 181
TypeParish, Village
Coordinates51.492°N 0.415°W
Located inMiddlesex, England
Also located inGreater London, England     (1965 - present)
See alsoStaines Rural, Middlesex, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1930
Heston and Isleworth, Middlesex, Englandmunicipal borough into which part of the parish was transferred in 1934
Hayes and Harlington, Middlesex, Englandmunicipal borough into which part of the parish was transferred in 1934
Hounslow (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough into which the Heston and Isleworth portion was transferred in 1965
Hillingdon (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough into which the Hayes and Harlington portion was transferred in 1965
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Cranford was one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. From 1894 to 1930 it was part of Staines Rural District and from 1930 to 1934 it was part of Hayes and Harlington Urban District. Cranford was abolished as a parish in 1934, being split between the parishes of Harlington, Heston and Isleworth with East Bedfont taking a very small portion.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Cranford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CRANFORD, a parish in Staines [registration] district, Middlesex; on the right bank of the river Crane, opposite Cranford village. It contains the village of Cranford Bridge; and its post town is Cranford, under Hounslow, London, W. Acres: 721. Real property: £3,155. Population: 530. Houses: 93. The manor belonged once to the Knights of St. John, and to Thame abbey; and belongs now to Earl Fitzhardinge. Cranford Park is the Earl's seat. The living is a rectory in the diocese of London. Value: £250. Patron: Lord Fitzhardinge. The church is Norman; and has monuments of the Astons, the Berkeleys, and Dr. Thomas Fuller, author of the "Church History. " Charities, £8. Dr. Fuller and Bishop Wilkins were rectors."

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