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Uxbridge grew up at the point where the ancient London to Oxford road crosses the River Colne. The western edge of the town has a peaceful network of rivers that once powered watermills; flour milling was its major industry for many years. The town grew in prosperity after the arrival of the Grand Union Canal in 1973, and then again after the arrival of the Tube.
As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century it expanded and increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1955, and has formed part of Greater London since 1965. It is a significant retail and commercial culture, and is the location of Brunel University and the Uxbridge campus of Buckinghamshire New University.Name: uxbridge_text_1 Content:
Shopping and Culture
Uxbridge has a busy shopping district that has built up around the tube station. There are two shopping centres: the ‘intu Uxbridge’ which has a wide range of high street brands and a multi-screen cinema. The Pavilions that has a covered market and branches of Wilkinsons, Iceland and TK Maxx. Small, independent businesses also thrive in the historic Windsor Street area. The chain restaurants in Uxbridge are in abundance, with venues such a Pizza Express, Zizzi and Prezzo.
Sport and Leisure
Hillingdon Sports and Leisure complex includes a restored grade II listed art deco outdoor pool, the old Uxbridge Lido’, and was used by the South Korean Olympic Team during the 2012 Olympic Games. There are also numerous sports facilities in the complex. The tow paths along the Grand Union Canal are popular with leisurely walkers and regular joggers. Fassnidge Park is also a popular town-centre park with tennis courts, a bowling green, playground and a bandstand. The Colne Valley Regional Park runs from Staines to Rickmansworth, passing close to Uxbridge and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a short distance away, beyond the M25.
Primary and Secondary Education
1. St.Mary’s Catholic Primary School is located on Rockingham Close in Uxbridge for pupils aged 3 – 11. The school has received the Basic Skills Quality Mark and a breakfast and after-school club uses the school’s premises.
2. Oak Farm Junior School is a mixed gender foundation school and an above average proportion of pupils come from a range of ethnic backgrounds, and an on-site breakfast club is managed by the governing body.
3. Swakeleys School for Girls is a larger than average secondary school that converted to academy status in September 2011. The school has gained Investors in People, the Healthy Schools Award and the Princess Diana Award for work against bullying.
4. Vyners School converted to an academy in November 2011 and is governed by Vyners School Academy Trust. The school is a specialist mathematics and computing college and has the Healthy Schools award. It also has a hearing impaired resource base which supports children who attend classes in standard classrooms as well as in the resource base.
Uxbridge tube station is the western terminal for branches of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. The station is fronted by a pedestrian high street and is connected to a bus terminal with connections to Hillingdon, Hayes, Ealing, Ruislip, and Slough.Name: uxbridge_text_2 Content: