The first thing I noticed as I crossed the road from the station was this Estate Agency with a blue commemorative plaque on the wall to The Ealing Jazz club. It was in 1962 that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones first met Brian Jones here. Other artists who performed here include Rod Stewart and Manfred Mann.
At the side of Ealing Common is Pitzhanger Manor House. I was hoping to show you the Manor but as you can see from the photo it is being renovated. This house was designed and once owned by the British architect Sir John Soames. It is a Grade 1 listed building and the restoration is going to bring it back to its former glory. It is hoped that it will open again in 2018.
This is a photo of the building prior to the restoration.
I walked through Walpole Park at the back of the Manor to get to Ealing Studios.
Named after the London borough in which it is situated, Ealing Studios has been making films since 1902 making it the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production in the world. . Will Barker bought the White Lodge (shown here) in 1902 as a base for film making, The studios are probably best known for the Ealing Comedies and classic films made after the war such as The Lavender Hill Mob and the Ladykillers. The studios were used by the BBC Film Unit for forty years until 1995 with the sound stages used for everything from Porridge to Colditzz Recent films include The Theory of Everything and the Imitation Game as well as the interior scenes for the TV drama Downton Abbey.
The security guard did let me take a photo of the sign with the St Trinians' figure underneath.
Across the road is The Red Lion also known as Stage Six because Ealing Studios originally had five stages. This was where the likes of Sir Alex Guinness, Sid James and other film actors would come for a drink. Apparently the inside is decorated with stills and portraits relating to the studios but it was closed when I was there so unable to have a look inside.
The chapel was opened at the beginning of 1909 with its membership reaching a peak of 241 members in 1933. A hall was added to the chapel buildings in 1952 for concerts, meetings and nurseries.
'Tea Darling' After my extended tea break I left the theatre and walked round the block making my way onto the very busy Uxbridge Road.
The Uxbridge road has a mixture of architecture with the Art Deco Fire station.
Ealing Police station
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