infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
postcode_district = HA4
Ruislip (pronounced "rice-lip" [ˈraɪslɪp] ) is a place in the
London Boroughof Hillingdon, in west London, England[citation|title=Greater London. A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places. Volume 2 |author= Edward Walford|publisher=Adamant Media Corporation|id=ISBN 0543967875]
Its name is created from the
Old English"ryse", "rush" and "hlype", "leap", which is thought to refer to a spot where the little River Pinncould once be crossed. Other scholars argue the second syllable is derived from "slaep" meaning "a slippery spot". Thus Ruislip means "the wet place where rushes grow". It has had various spellings until recorded as "Ruislip" in 1527.
Nearby attractions include
Ruislip Lido, a converted reservoir with an artificial sand beach, surrounded by woodlands through which runs the Ruislip Lido Railway, a miniature 12"-gauge railwaywith diesel and steam locomotives. Ruislip Lido was established as a reservoir to feed the Grand Union Canalby damming and flooding the lower part of the valley between Park Wood and Copse Wood, including the hamlet of Park Hearn. Work began in 1811; the reservoir began feeding the Canal in 1816.
Four woodlands, covering a total of 295ha, Park Wood, Copse Wood, Mad Bess Wood and Bayhurst Wood combine to form Ruislip woods. it is the largest block of ancient semi-natural woodland in Greater London. In 1997 it became the first National Nature Reserve [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Nature_Reserves_in_England] in Greater London. It is protected by a number of conservation acts, helping to protect its long term future. [http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/index.jsp?articleid=13150 London Borough of Hillingdon - Background information ] ]
The woodland is predominantly hornbeam Carpinus betulus coppice with oak standards and is interesting because of the occurrence of both pedunculate oak Quercus roburand sessile oak Quercus petraea. The mixture of
Hornbeamand beech Fagus sylvaticain Bayhurst Wood is also unusual and wild service trees Sorbus torminalis, although infrequent, can be found throughout the woodland.
Other associations include oak/birch Betula pendulaand alder Alnus glutinosa with aspen Populus tremula. The wooded streams, scrub, ponds and an area of grass-heath mosaic contribute to the diversity of the site from which around 360 species of vascular plants have been recorded. These include a number of species that are scarce or locally rare.
Ruislip is also the home of Eastcote Hockey Club, based at Kings College playing fields. The club was originally based in Eastcote, from where it took its name, but moved to its current location in 1964.
The headquarters of
London GAAis at the Emerald GAA Grounds, West End Road, South Ruislip
Land and Buildings
To the north of Ruislip High Street stand the Grade II listed Manor Farm House, a 13th-century Grade II Great Barn and the 16th-century Little Barn, which houses Ruislip library. The 20-
acre(8- hectare) site includes the remains of an 11th-century fortification that is a scheduled ancient monument. A working farm until the 1930s, the farm was let by King's College, Cambridge, the owners of the land from 1500 to the mid 20th century.It is now under a large redevelopment project.
RAF Northolt, with the Northolt Aerodrome, where a Polish War Memorialcommemorates the numerous Polish airmen, along with airmen of other nations, stationed in the area during World War II.
Ruislip is home to popular pop combo
Scouting For Girlswho attended Queensmead School (listed below). It is also home to the friends from The Inbetweeners.
Bishop Winnington-Ingram,Bourne, [http://www.deanesfield.hillingdon.sch.uk Deanesfield] ,Field End,Lady Bankes,Newnham,Ruislip Gardens,Sacred Heart,St Swithun Wells,Warrender,Whiteheath,
Bishop Ramsey,Queensmead,Ruislip High,
The town featured in
Leslie Thomas's 1974 novel of suburbia, "Tropic of Ruislip". The book was actually based on nearby Carpenders Park.
Locality and services
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Nearest railway stations
* [http://www.ruislip.co.uk/ Ruislip Online, web site for Ruislip]
* [http://www.rnelhs.flyer.co.uk/ Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society]
* [http://www.ruisliplions.org.uk/ Ruislip Lions Club]
* [http://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/ Uxbridge & Hillingdon Times - local newspaper]
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