Heston, a village and a parish in Middlesex. The village stands near the Grand Junction Canal, 1¼ mile S from Southall station on the G.W.R., 1½ N from the Heston Hounslow station of the Metropolitan District railway, and 1½ N by W from Hounslow; is irregularly built, yet contains good houses and villas, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Hounslow, and a fair on I May. The parish contains also the hamlets of Sutton, Lampton, Cranford, Scrattage, and Spring Grove, and parts of the hamlet of North Hyde and the town of Hounslow. Acreage, 3823; population of the civil parish, 10, 389; of the ecclesiastical, 2730. There are two manors, of which that of Osterley belonged to the Crown, was given by Queen Elizabeth to Sir T. Gresham, passed to Sir W. Waller and to Child the banker, and belongs now to the Earl of Jersey. Osterley House was built originally by Sir T. Gresham, and is a handsome square, red-brick edifice. It contains some fine paintings, and is a seat of the Earl of Jersey. The manor of Sym belongs to the Duke of Northumberland. The land is famous for its wheat, and this, in Queen Elizabeth's time, was reserved for the royal table. There are market gardens and extensive brick-fields. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London; net value, £650 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of London. The church is Early English, was rebuilt in 1865, and contains a brass of 1650, a tomb of Sir J. Banks, and an octagonal font. The vicarages of Hounslow and Spring Grove are separate benefices.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Heston St. Leonard|
|Poor Law union||Brentford|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Heston from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Heston (St. Leonard))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.
Online maps of Heston are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Villages, Hamlets, &cCranford (Heston)