- source: Family History Library Catalog
Hounslow was a town in Middlesex which has been absorbed into the urban area of London. There was no parish of Hounslow; it straddled the parishes of Heston and Isleworth, with the boundary going approximately along Hounslow High Street (Heston to the north and Isleworth to the south).
In 1894 the Heston and Isleworth Urban District was created, unifying the town under one council, even if the council's title did not contain the name Hounslow. Within Heston and Isleworth Urban District, Heston and Isleworth remained legally separate from each other until 1927, when they were merged to form a single parish of Heston and Isleworth, covering the whole urban district. Heston and Isleworth Urban District became a Municipal Borough in 1932. In 1965, Heston and Isleworth Municipal Borough was merged with the neighbouring districts of Brentford and Chiswick Municipal Borough and Feltham Urban District. The new authority was named the London Borough of Hounslow - the first time the name Hounslow had been used for an administrative body here, despite it having been one the main towns in the area for many years.
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Hounslow is the principal town in the London Borough of Hounslow. It is a suburban district 10.6 miles (17 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. It forms a larger post town in the TW postcode area and is an economic hub within the capital; it has a large shopping centre which adjoins its high street and a large number of restaurants, cafés and small businesses, many of which are associated with product assembly, marketing, telecommunications and London Heathrow Airport, as well as having a minority of workers employed in Central London, to which the town is connected by rail and tube. Hounslow is part of the TW3 postcode area, though some areas to the west are in TW4 instead. The population of the town itself, comprising the Hounslow Central, Hounslow Heath and Hounslow South wards, was 41,304 in the 2011 census.
Greater London Research Tips
- See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
- The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
- GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
- GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
- The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
- London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
- London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
- The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
- Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
- Registrations for the area will be found under Brentford Registration District for the period 1837-1947. The area was transferred to South Middlesex Registration District in 1947. (Source:List of parishes in Brentford Registration District from GENUKI.)
- Map of West Middlesex from the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales, 1885, printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, and provided by London Ancestor.