Borough of Hillingdon

Hillingdon is London's westernmost borough. It is the second biggest, after Bromley, but also the least populated, having roughly a quarter of a million inhabitants. The borough was originally part of the county of Middlesex, being formed in 1965 as an amalgamation of the Municipal Borough of Uxbridge, the urban district of Hayes and Harlington, Ruislip-Northwood urban district and Yiewsley & West Drayton urban district. Uxbridge is Hillingdon's principal town.

Hillingdon's main feature is Heathrow Airport, which occupies a large chunk of the south end of the borough. Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport and handles more international passemger traffic than any other in the world; it can therefore lay claim to being the largest airport in the world. The remainder of Hillingdon is a mixture of residential areas and open country. Around half the area of the borough is undeveloped and Hillingdon is responsible for 239 parks and open spaces.

The western edge of the borough is formed by the valley of the river Colne, much of which defines the boundary with Buckinghamshire. The Colne valley historically saw a great deal of sand and gravel extraction and these old quarries have since become lakes and ponds surrounded by ribbons of woodland. The Grand Union Canal also runs along the Colne valley.

Uxbridge is the seat of Brunel University.

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The London LOOP in Hillingdon

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This page last updated 24th December 2007