Previous Local History Talks

On this page are the talks that have been held in 2014 for which the lectures notes are available for. To look at talks in other years, click on the relevent link below.

To access the lecture notes, click on the title of the lecture. All files available for download are in read-only Microsoft Word .doc files. The files contain the final version of the notes – including spelling, grammatical errors, etc - used by the speaker in the lecture, and unless specified the files haven't been altered since the talk were held. When possible further additions to this archive will made.

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Painting of Castle Bear HouseCastlebar and Castlehill
Thursday 23rd January 2014
Dr Jonathan Oates

This talk looked at the roads that are now well known thoroughfares in Ealing. Learn how the area has changed and the stories of the people and business that made the area what it is today. 


Home guard in EalingEaling and the First World War
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Dr Jonathan Oates

2014 marked the centenary of the beginning of the Great War. Marking this world changing event, this was the first of a series of talks about the locality and the First World War examining what happened locally.


Georgian Ealing
Thursday 11th September
Dr Jonathan Oates

Two or three centuries ago the present Ealing Borough was a collection of seven small villages, each sparsely populated. That world, made familiar in the novels of Jane Austen (2015 being the 200th publication of the novel 'Emma') still has a number of surviving houses in the borough which were built in those Georgian years (1714-1830), e.g. Norwood Hall. This talks looks and learns about these survivals from centuries past.  


Urban Myths
Thursday 18th September
Dr Jonathan Oates

Once upon a time Dr Oates was told the story of an elephant buried under Castlebar Road. This apocryphal tale was the genesis for this talk looking at other urban myths in the borough. Learn the truth about other amazing stories such as: the councillor who disappeared and years later his skeleton was found in his own home, the haunted house of north Ealing, the hotel where a young Ho Chi Minh worked, and more...