Ruislip Lido Books
Here is a selection of books that we found interesting. They cover the Ruislip area and show how it has changed through the years.
People & Places
Illuminates many aspects of Ruislip, Northwood, Eastcote, Harefield and Ickenham in years gone by. This book includes anecdotes which range from medieval times when Ruislip boasted a small castle to a First World War munitions factory, a Cold War American airbase, and pioneering medical research at Mount Vernon, Northwood, in the 20th century.
Ruislip is first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The short description ‘Rislepe’ reveals a heavily wooded and thinly populated area with land for twenty ploughs. An unusual feature of the landscape was ‘a park for woodland animals’, the northern pale of which survives as Park Wood, a scheduled ancient monument. As many of the people mentioned in the survey would have been heads of families, the population was probably between 200 and 250. The area of the manor of Ruislip in 1086 is likely to have been the same as in later times, being bounded on the north by the boundary between the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, and by the parishes of Northolt to the south, Harrow on the east, and Harefield and Ickenham on the west. Local historian Eileen Bowlt charts the history of this picturesque town, explaining its development and growth through a selection of fantastic photographs.
Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood during the First World War
The First World War changed the lives of Hillingdon’s residents forever.
This fascinating volume, the result of seventeen years of research by a Hillingdon historian, contains a comprehensive look at the Home Front in Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote. What were the duties of the Special Constables? Where were wounded residents treated? What was health like during this time? Was housing affected by air-raids, or by overcrowding?
Richly illustrated, and with full details of the lives, and deaths, of each of the local men who fell during the conflict, it commemorates the magnificent sacrifice and the unbreakable spirit of the residents of Hillingdon during one of the greatest conflicts the world has ever seen.
Here is a selection of maps that we found interesting. They cover the Ruislip area and show how it has changed through the years.
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