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Perivale (/ˈpɛrɪˌvl/) 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. It is mostly residential and industrial, along with several parks and open spaces. Perivale forms part of the UB6 Greenford postcode area and post town.

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Skyline of Perivale; the steep slope in the background is part of Horsenden Hill
Perivale is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population15,339 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ165835
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtUB6
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°32′18″N 0°19′09″W / 51.5383°N 0.3192°W / 51.5383; -0.3192Coordinates: 51°32′18″N 0°19′09″W / 51.5383°N 0.3192°W / 51.5383; -0.3192



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.[2]


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."

The best known landmark of Perivale is the Hoover Building, built in the 1930s to house the headquarters of The Hoover Company. It closed in the 1980s - part of the building was bought by and used as a Tesco supermaket, another part more recently turned into residential apartments.


The A40 Western Avenue passes through Perivale

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.[3] Several premises were flooded in Brentford and Perivale.[citation needed]

Perivale Maternity Hospital, built in 1937 and demolished in 1988, became the site of a Housing Association estate to the south of the A40 Western Avenue. Its location may explain the number of notable births shown below.


St Mary's Church building
Entrance to the Perivale Industrial Park

Perivale has its own ward and the 2011 census showed that, ethnically, the largest group was Other White representing 22% of the population. The second largest was White British at 20%, followed by Indian at 15%. The most spoken foreign language is Polish, the main language of 2,024 residents in the ward. 62% of the household tenures are owned, 27% is privately rented and 9% is socially rented.[4] Perivale ward has the highest number of Polish residents in London.[5]

Literature and the mediaEdit

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 leisureEdit

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.

Notable peopleEdit

The existence of Perivale Maternity Hospital is possibly the reason for some of the above entries.

Local GovernmentEdit

Perivale ward has three elected councillors:[6] Munir Ahmed (elected 2014),[7] Tariq Mahmood (elected 2014),[8] and Charan Sharma (elected 2014).[9] The Metropolitan Police have a vehicle impound at Walmgate Road in Perivale.[10]


Perivale has a station with the same name on the Central line of the London Underground system, and is also near to Alperton tube station on the Piccadilly line. South Greenford railway station is also near Perivale, which provides trains to West Ealing interchange. Three bus routes (95, 297, E5) link the district to Shepherds Bush, Ealing, Greenford, Southall, Wembley and Willesden.

Nearby placesEdit


  1. ^ "Ealing Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Greenford Parva (Perivale)". British History Online. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Flood warning for River Brent". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ Good Stuff IT Services. "Perivale – UK Census Data 2011". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
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  6. ^ "Ealing Council". Ealing Council. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Councillor Munir Ahmed". Ealing Council. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Councillor Tariq Mahmood". Ealing Council. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Councillor Charan Sharma". Ealing Council. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
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