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Ickenham Hall Hillingdon


Ickenham Hall is a Georgian mansion built for the Crosier family, who farmed here until 1900. Now in the ownership of the local authority, the Compass Theatre has been built behind the Hall. The surrounding gardens comprise rough lawn, some holm oak trees, a group of C20th beech trees and fine horse chestnut trees. In front of the Hall is a walled garden enclosure with lawn and borders that have been planted with species reflecting the Georgian era.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Compass Theatre and Arts Centre

Site location:
Glebe Avenue, Ickenham

UB10 8PD ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens



Listed structures:
LBII: Ickenham Hall; Forecourt wall to Ickenham Hall


Site ownership:
LB Hillingdon

Site management:
Grounds: Green Spaces Team. House/Compass Theatre: Leisure Services. Friends of Ickenham Hall

Open to public?

Opening times:

Special conditions:

Compass Theatre and Arts Centre, Café Bar

Various events held in the grounds. Ickenham Hall is occasionally open for tours/events.

Public transport:
Tube: Ickenham (Piccadilly, Metropolitan). Bus: U10.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.;

Further Information

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Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:

In Conservation Area:

Conservation Area name:
Ickenham Village

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

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Green Belt:

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Fuller information

Ickenham Hall was built in 1740 by the Crosier family who had farmed here since the C11th, originally as yeoman farmers. They had built a farmhouse by the C14th, which they later demolished for a more substantial building, Ickenham Hall, which reflected their higher status as gentlemen farmers, having acquired additional land. In 1900 the Crosiers sold their land at Ickenham to the railway company and by 1904 trains were running through the village, with a halt later opened to serve Ickenham. In 1947 Middlesex County Council purchased the land not required by the railway, and since then the Hall has since been used for various purposes including youth services, art centre, school, rehearsal rooms, meeting rooms and since 1990 as Council Offices for the Youth and Music Services.

The Friends of Ickenham Hall was set up in 2009 to raise funding to repair and conserve Ickenham Hall and also to raise awareness about its history. Funding has been received from the Heathrow Project and Groundwork Thames Valley to undertake works in the garden. This has included planting 730 plants inspired by Georgian era in the borders of the front enclosure, which had become neglected by the early C21st. There are plans to plant bulbs in the rear garden, which is now cared for by the Friends.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition); History of Ickenham Hall on Friends of Ickenham Hall website.

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