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Living in Stanwell: the local area guide

When you hear of Stanwell, you might not hear the whole story. True, the town is situated next to Heathrow Airport and many of its residents simply live there to ensure easy commuting to the town. Yet, there’s a great deal more to Stanwell.

The town, first mentioned in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book in 1086, has subsisted for centuries. Its most prominent feature is most certainly the church of St. Mary the Virgin, existing as the centre of the Christian activity within the town. An excellent example of Norman and Gothic architecture, this 14th century stone monument to Christendom has been recognized as a Grade I listed building, ensuring its preservation for generations to come. Within the Church lies a monument to the town’s most famous resident, Thomas Knyvett, the Lord who received his peerage for the apprehending of Guy Fawkes, on the night of the famous Gunpowder Plot.

The town itself is a pretty one, with a species of rose, the Stanwell Perpetual, having been discovered within it, and thusly named after the town. Stanwell has participated in the Britain in Bloom competition for many years and was awarded a bronze medal in this famed Horticultural campaign in 2004. The nearby Stanwell Moor, long an agricultural area, is today protected, so as to maintain the wildlife and fauna of the area.


Many of the residents are employed within the staff of Heathrow Airport. Some others subside through employment at some of the nearby car manufacturers, carrying out skilled labour functions for Suzuki, Del Monte and Ford, amongst others.

The population is largely English, with a large number residents hailing from England, and the majority of foreigners being from India or the Philippines. The population is a young one, with the average age of a resident being 37, below the national average age of 40. The town is a working one, though a quiet one, as most of its residents don’t work within the town, and instead choose to live there due to its proximity to London, smaller regional hubs around the area and Heathrow.


Numerous schools can be found within the Stanwell area. Though secondary schools aren’t within Stanwell itself, there are two primary schools, Town farm and Stanwell Fields Church of England School. Those seeking secondary education need not travel far, as schools well regarded by Ofsted can be found in nearby Ashford and Staines.

Ashford hosts the St. James Senior Boys School, an independent establishment, as well as the Thomas Knyvett College in Ashford, an institution with a history stretching back nearly four hundred years. Staines is home to the Matthew Arnold School, an academy and free school welcoming students of all genders, from the ages of 11 to 16.

As for further education, the Royal Holloway University lies within a fifteen-minute drive, creating an opportunity to live in Stanwell whilst attending one of the United Kingdom’s premier Universities.


Stanwell is an exceptionally well-positioned town with regards to transportation. The nearby Ashford train station is serviced by Southwest Trains and runs on the Reading to Waterloo line. Heathrow does have an Underground station, connecting the airport to the Greater London transport network.

The motorway system surrounding the town connects to the M25, M4, and A308, enabling commutes to nearby settlements, or a daily commute to Heathrow itself.

Amenities and shopping

Though not possessing High Street shopping in keeping with larger towns and cities, all the basic amenities can be found within the town itself. Nearby Staines is something of a commercial and retail centre for the area, offering high street brands and shopping, alongside a cinema and several gyms.

Of course, the height of shopping is simply that of London, easily accessible from one of the many transport options, offering anything that money could buy, within reason, and sometimes without good reason. Regardless of what you seek, if Stanwell doesn’t have it, you do not have to travel far to procure it.

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