Eastcote Park Estate: An Area of Special Character
VHS Colour;Black & White Sound 1997 72:00
Summary: A Director's Cut of a video produced to mark the 60th anniversary of the Eastcote Park Estate.
Title number: 2382
LSA ID: LSA/3131
Description: The history of the Eastcote Park Estate is told through the stories of the Pinn Valley Settlements, Eastcote House, 'The Glen', Haydon Lodge, Rodney Gardens, Dovecot Close, St Lawrence Drive, Pamela Gardens, the Metropolitan Railway's development of 'Metro-Land', the air raid preparations in the area during the Second World War and the formation of the Eastcote Park Estate Resident's Association. The video illustrates the elements which make Eastcote Park an estate of 'special character': it's heritage and history as a Metroland Estate, the blend of spacious family homes and bungalows, the generous spacing between houses, the open spaces and quite roads, and the leafy aspect. Local campaigner Sheila Liberty discusses the conservation issues she promotes in the Eastcote area and how she witnessed the destruction of Eastcote House. There are also comments from Eastcote Park Estate Association residents Jill Wells, Philip Carpenter, Amanda Williamson, Barbara Mehlig, Mike Platts, Vanessa Panayis, John Rose, John Heritage and Margaret Bacon. This 'director's cut' includes extra unedited archival material of the estate not featured in the original release. This video is dedicated to the memory of Fred Walsh, Resident of The Estate for more than 30 years and Mayor of the London Borough of Hillingdon 1984-85.
Credits: Director: Bernard Farrell; Production Co-ordinator: Bill Gage; Pre-production Co-ordinator: Dawn Sumner; Camera Team: Matt Brown; Camera Team: Stuart Denman; Camera Team: Simon Hinksman; Camera Team: Rob Smith; Camera Team: Dave Wareham; Script Editing: Ron Edwards; Script John Rose; Feature Scripts: Carolynne Cotton; Feature Scripts: Pat Cutts; Feature Scripts: Sheila Liberty; Linking Commentary: Rebecca Alcock; Linking Commentary: Yvonne Lugg; Linking Commentary: John Brown; Linking Commentary: Amanda Williamson; Clips and Features ''The Making of Modern London'': LWT Images; 'Sarah Siddons': Roger Paddison and Kate Blow for London Transport; Ford 8 (F-Type) 1934 Arrow Special: Bryan Clarke; Bygones: West Middlesex: Harrow and Hillingdon Library Services; Equipment and Facilities Provided by: West Herts Mesia Unit of West Herts College (Watford Campus).
Further information: Includes footage from 'the Making of Modern London' (LWT Images), 'Bygones - West Middlesex', 'Sarah Siddons' (London Transport), 'Ford 8 (F-Type) 1934 Arrow Special'.
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Hillingdon; Ruislip; Eastcote
Ian Gawn wrote on August 30, 2022:Mum and Dad bought 36 St Lawrence Drive in 1939, Dad died there in 1974 and Mum in 1981. We…Mum and Dad bought 36 St Lawrence Drive in 1939, Dad died there in 1974 and Mum in 1981. We were brought up there, until I joined the RAF College in 1963. My brother and I sold the bungalow in 1981.
Greg Tanner wrote on July 1, 2016:I appeared in the video closing the film at about the 52:00 minutes point. I appeared in the film being…I appeared in the video closing the film at about the 52:00 minutes point. I appeared in the film being one of the two guys re-hanging the Estate sign and again in disguise as the Bunny in the Easter Egg hunt part of the film. The work was done to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Estate, drawing on memories from the few remaining original residents that still lived on the Estate at the time. Sadly, but inevitably, in the 20 years since making the film, many of them have now passed on.
Greg Tanner wrote on July 1, 2016:Good to see this video and its contents preserved for future generations. I was secretary of the EPEA at…Good to see this video and its contents preserved for future generations. I was secretary of the EPEA at the time of making the video and had the 'honour' of making the closing remarks at about the 52:00 minutes mark. Been fun to watch it again after some years, despite my having gained 20 years and quite a few pounds!). I still live on the Estate and have no desire to leave it. Since becoming a Conservation Area and with the generally excellent support of Hillingdon Council to preserving the amenity and character of the Estate, while adapting to the modern day needs of families, things have remained such that Eastcote Park Estate is a desirable place to live and raise children.