ALL ABOUT ACTON
A large residential suburb, Acton is home to the leafy Gunnersbury Park, with lakes and a former Rothschild family mansion, now a local history museum. The area also boasts The London Transport Museum Depot’s vintage vehicles and photos can be viewed on open days.
The very first Waitrose opened in Acton although you would have to travel to West Ealing for Waitrose now! You can still however complete your weekly shop at the local large Morrisons or pop to the buzzing Acton Market which offers street food and crafts.
You may be interested to know (source Wikipedia):
- Acton was the birthplace of The Who, of which all members except Keith Moon went to Acton High School (then named Acton County Grammar School).
- Acton was the location of external shots of the Sunshine Foods office building in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. The building was located at 32-36 Telford Way but is no longer standing.
- Pete Townshend‘s 1982 solo album, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, contained the track “Stardom in Acton” in reference to his home town, while the accompanying video was filmed on and around Acton High Street.
- Leo Sayer‘s 1983 single Orchard Roadrefers to Acton’s Churchfield Road.
- In the TV series Minder, Arthur Daley‘s car lot was by the railway bridge in The Valewith the door of the Winchester Club in Newburgh Road off Churchfield Road. The lock up was on the Bush Industrial Estate. Minder locations in Acton featured throughout series 7 to 10.
- Acton Park often hosted filming for programmes such as Rose & Macaulayand The Deal. Other parts of Acton were used for The Sweeney and early episodes of The Bill.
- The first Waitrose store in the UK was in Acton. Originally called “Waite, Rose and Taylor”, it opened in 1904, at number 263 Acton Hill. A metal plate commemorating this has been inserted into the pavement outside these premises as it was not possible to obtain permission from the current owners of the building to affix a plaque onto it.
- Scenes from the 1986 movie Aliens and the 1989 movie Batman were shot inside the disused Acton Lane Power Station.
- The Ken Loach film Ladybird Ladybirdwas filmed at many sites around Acton including The Mount, the Town Hall, Vyner Road, Cumberland Park and parts of South Acton.
- Playwright/Composer Lionel Bart lived the latter part of his life in an apartment on Churchfield Road.
- The film Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel(2009) was partly set in the Talbot pub on Mill Hill road, Acton.
- Many scenes of TV series Silent Witness are filmed around Acton and Park Royal. Silent Witness’s production offices and sets are at BBC Park Western in North Acton.