W4 (Hounslow) area guide

W4
Hounslow
The area of W4 is located to the west of Hammersmith. To the north it is bounded by the railway line running parallel to Weston Road, Bridgman Road and Fletcher Road as far its intersection with Winchester Street. To the east the postcode district is then demarcated by Southfield Road and The Avenue and eventually the River Thames. The Thames acts as natural barrier across the lower east border, the south border and then up the lower west border, before the parameter rejoins the railway lines at the cross road of the M4 and Gunnersbury Avenue. It includes the parks of Acton Green Common and Turnham Green.

The W4 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Acton, Brentford, Chiswick Homefields, Chiswick Park Station, Chiswick Riverside, Chiswick Station, Ealing, Gunnersbury Station, Hammersmith And Fulham, Hounslow, London, Ravenscourt Park, Southfield, Turnham Green, Turnham Green Station.
Being located with the River Thames on three sides, Chiswick developed around the industry allowed by the river, in particular fishing. However, where most London suburbs thrived with the advent of industrialisation, Chiswick suffered, as the invention of the flushing toilet meant that the River Thames was becoming increasingly polluted. This was added to by factory waste from popular industrial sites nearby, such as Battersea Power Station. Despite the decline of the fishing industry in the nineteenth century, other areas and industries began to grow and the population of Chiswick increased almost tenfold during the 1800s. The High Road became popular with a number of inns and public houses, and it had two popular theatres, The Chiswick Empire and The Q Theatre. The Royal Horticultural Society also put down their roots in 1822, using land between Sutton Court Road and Dukes Avenue to grow fruit.

Chiswick House was built in the 1720s for the Third Earl of Burlington and is a recognised example of Palladian architecture. It houses a collection of fine furniture and paintings. The satirical painter, William Hogarth, and the architect, William Kent, also lived in the area and are buried in the graveyard.
Because of the rapid population growth during the nineteenth century, the demand for housing grew and as a result much of the architecture is Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian in style. The area is popular with families but, as increasing numbers of substantial properties are converted into flats, the area is becoming ever more popular with young couples and retirees.

Sutton Court Mansions, on Staveley Road, is an example of one of the Victorian red brick mansion blocks that can be found in the area, where a 3 bedroom flat will fetch over £400,000. For a slightly higher price, it is possible to secure a 3 bedroom Mews style property on Paxton Road (which links Great West Road and Burlington Lane).

Dale Street and Devonshire Road ,near the northern border of the postcode district (between Chiswick High Road and Hogarth Lane), offer 3 bedroomed period terraces organised in the classic Victorian grid pattern, for around half a million pounds. North of Chiswick High Road and Acton Green Common is Queen Annes Grove, in which property can sell for around £3 million. Grove Park Road in the south west of the postcode district has similar properties with asking prices to match but also has some newly built riverside properties with asking prices of around £2.5 million.
W4 is a picturesque area, with a village feel and access to numerous parks and museums. This, combined with the good schools, the proximity to the river and the links to the city make it an attractive area amongst successful city executives and their families. Parks of interest in the area include Richmond Park, Turnham Green, Acton Green Common and Dukes Meadows, off Great Chertsey Road, which boasts a Golf Course. In nearby postcode TW9, Kew Gardens can be found.

Hogarth bought a house in Hogarth Lane in 1746, which succeeded in attracting a number of artists to the area. Today, the house is open to the public and contains a wealth of information on the famous man.

Bedford Park is an architecturally interesting development and was the first purpose built garden suburb in the whole of London. It was founded in 1875 by Jonathon Carr. This area boasts The Tabbard Inn, on Bath Road, which also has its own theatre upstairs. The Irish poet William Butler Yeats was one famous visitor. The pub is also said to be haunted.

Chiswick House, designed by Lord Burlington, is an impressive example of 18th century British architecture. It is located on Burlington Lane and boasts acres of magnificent gardens, which are also open to the public. Chiswick Library on Dukes Avenue is another grand building, if perhaps to a lesser extent. Chiswick Town Hall can be found on Heathfield Terrace and is often host to antique fairs. Chiswick Business Park can be found on Chiswick High Road.

Fullers Brewery, which is Britain’s largest independent brewer of ales, is situated at Griffin Brewery, on Chiswick Lane South and offers tours to the general public.

W4 has excellent access to a range of pubs, restaurants and bars, especially on the tree-lined high street of Chiswick High Road. The pubs on the riverside are also particularly popular.

Transport is very good in W4, with a number of bus routes passing through, especially around Chiswick Town Hall, on Heathfield Terrace. The nearest overground and underground stations include Turnham Green Tube on Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick Park on Acton Lane, Gunnersbury tube off Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Railway Station, on Burlington Lane . Other nearby stations just outside the postcode include South Acton Railway Station in W3, Stamford Brook Tube in W6 and Brentford Railway Station in TW8.