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History of South Acton

In the Victorian times, the estate was made up of terraced houses with the waters of Bollo Brook feeding the local laundry industry. There were so many laundries in the area that South Acton was nicknamed 'Soapsud Island'.

Following the Second World War, the Council redeveloped the area. The houses were replaced with the tower blocks that we see today. This redevelopment continued throughout the 1950s to the 1970s with the ‘Red Brick’ area, situated at the north of the estate, being the last part to be built.

The estate has 1,800 homes and is the biggest estate in the London Borough of Ealing. Acton History Project have been working to highlight the changes of the landscape and diversity of South Acton.