Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019

In this week's Now & Then we compare the view from High Street, Yiewsley, looking into Fairfield Road between the present day and what we believe is a photo taken around 1930's (although we welcome people's thoughts on this as its not easy to date!). You can see Key House to the left of the frame (built in the 1920's as the Town Hall for the Yiewsley Urban District Council) which still stands today but now serves as a Voluntary Sector Resource Centre. It's design adopted a Free Classical style by the brothers Archibald and John Soutar (best known for their work on the Ruislip Manor estate and Hampstead Garden Suburb). You will notice however the big change on Fairfield Road between the two photos. Between 1927 and 1969 the Methodist Central Hall stood which was a very grand looking building. It was knocked down in the late 1960's owing to higher heating and lighting costs. The replacement was a smaller church over a retail unit, which of course is currently occupied by Wilko.

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