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Perivale Underground Station
Population 15,339 (2011 Census. Ward)
OS grid reference TQ165835
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Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district UB6
Dialling code 020
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LondonCoordinates: 51°32′18″N 0°19′09″W / 51.5383°N 0.3192°W / 51.5383; -0.3192

Perivale is a suburb in the London Borough of Ealing, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) west of Charing Cross, central London. Landmarks in the suburb include the large Art Deco Hoover Building, as well as St Mary's Church (C:12th century), the River Brent and Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve run by the Selborne Society.


Perivale (parish) population
1881 34
1891 55
1901 60
1911 95
1921 114
Absorbed by Ealing parish
source: UK census

Until the 18th century Perivale was called Little Greenford or Greenford Parva, to distinguish it from Great Greenford.


Perivale is an ancient parish in the historic county of Middlesex. It formed part of Greenford Urban District from 1894 to 1926, and was then absorbed by the Municipal Borough of Ealing. Before the residential building expansion of the 1930s, the fields of Perivale were used to grow hay for the working horses of Victorian London, a scene described in the ending of John Betjeman's poem 'Return to Ealing':

"...And a gentle gale from Perivale/blows up the hayfield scent."


Although mainly residential, there are some office blocks and parades of shops on Bilton Road, the A40 slip road and in the Medway Village. Perivale has two golf courses: Ealing Golf Club and Perivale Golf Course.

The BBC Archives are in Perivale.

The River Brent runs through Perivale. On 30 November 2009 the Environment Agency warned residents of a flood watch along the River Brent from Hendon to Brentford, after a day of notably heavy rain. Several premises were flooded in Brentford and Perivale.


The largest ethnic group, as of the 2011 census, was Other White, who were 22% of the population. The second largest was White British at 20%, followed by Indian at 15%.

Literature and the media

Perivale is one of the settings of Anthony Trollope's novel The Belton Estate (1865).

Perivale was the setting for the 1989 season twenty-six Doctor Who serial Survival as the hometown of the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace. There were several locations used in and around Perivale during filming, including Bleasdale Avenue, Medway Parade, Colwyn Avenue, Woodhouse Avenue, Children's Play Area, Ealing Central Sports Ground, Horsenden Lane South, and the nearby Horsenden Hill. Victorian Perivale was also the location for establishing shots of a manor which was the setting of another season twenty-six serial, Ghost Light.

Parts of the film Snatch were filmed in Perivale and on the nearby Horsenden Hill.

Henry Perowne, the principal character in Ian McEwan's novel Saturday, was born in Perivale. Only Fools and Horses used Horsenden Hill for location shooting in the episode where Del Boy and Rodney 'look after' Marlene and Boycie's dog (only to feed it reheated pork and give it food poisoning).

Sport and leisure

Non-League football club Hanwell Town F.C. have been playing in Perivale at Reynolds Field since 1981, on the southside of the district. This site was the former playing fields of the former Reynolds High School in Acton.


Perivale has a station on the Central line of the London Underground system, and is also near to Alperton tube station on the Piccadilly line. Three bus routes (95, E5 and 297) link the town to Shepherds Bush, Ealing, Greenford, Southall, Wembley and Willesden.

Nearest tube stations

  • Perivale tube station
  • Alperton tube station
  • Greenford station
  • Hanger Lane tube station
  • Sudbury Town tube station

Nearest railway station

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