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Living in West Drayton: The local area guide
West Drayton is a large town in West London, part of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Previously considered part of Middlesex, it was incorporated into London in the mid-1960s and now has a population of over 14,000.
West Drayton was first recorded in the 10th century AD as Draegton, and then again in the Norman Domesday Book as Draitone. By the late 15th century, it had its current name. Sitting just south of the Grand Union Canal and Great Western Railway, it economically depended on freight travel for many years during the industrial revolution and afterwards. These days it is more of a commuter town thanks to its good rail links and proximity to the M25, M4 and M3 motorways.
The London Borough of Hillingdon, within which West Drayton sits, is the second largest in London by area at around 42 square miles, although it is relatively sparsely populated. It has well over 200 green spaces including parkland, farms, rivers, and woodland, and much of the area is protected as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
Within Hillingdon is Heathrow Airport, which is a significant contributor to the economy, and the borough borders the beautiful counties of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
As of the 2011 census, there are 14,370 people living in West Drayton. The area has a relatively low unemployment rate at 2.4%, almost 1% lower than the rate for the rest of England.
The average age is just 35, which compares to 39.3 for England as a whole, and in general, the self-reported states of health for the people of the area are 'very good' or 'good'. Education rates are fairly high, with just under 40% of people possessing an undergraduate degree or more.
A relatively high proportion of people rent their home, as is normal for London, but still - more than 60% own it.
West Drayton has a large number of primary schools within the town or close to it. Some of the most popular are West Drayton Primary School, St Catherine Catholic Primary School & Nursery, St Matthews Church of England Primary School, and Rabbsfarm Primary School. They're all easy to reach by bus or car.
There are a number of good secondary schools in the area. Many families choose to send their children to nearby Stockley Academy, Drayton Manor High School, or Yiewsley Grange.
There is a huge range of choice for parents who would like to specify a school of a certain faith, approach or size.
West Drayton Railway Station is a fairly large railway station and is served by First Great Western. There are regular trains running from London Paddington to Reading, and beyond, which makes travel very convenient. Paddington is just 20 minutes away.
And as part of Greater London, West Drayton has excellent buses running at all hours, 7 days per week. By car, the town is conveniently placed near several motorways which make the drive to other parts of the country very easy.
Amenities and shopping
There are plans for the development of a major shopping complex in West Drayton, but even now it has a good selection. Conveniences like supermarkets, grocers, butchers, bakers and hardware stores are all easy to find. There are also excellent antique dealers, craft stores, book shops and some fashionable brands.
For more, London is very easy to get to by train or bus and naturally has everything a shopaholic could ever need in terms of fashion, art or furnishings.
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