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Castlebar Hill

Castle Bear House in 1795 which was subsequently owned by Lt. General Frederick Wetherall. His friend, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, owned Castle Hill Lodge nearby. Ealing Abbey now stands upon this site.[1]

Castlebar Hill is a hill in Ealing which is 167 feet (51 m) high.[2] In the 18th century, it was the location of Castle Beare, a grand mansion or country seat, for the area at this time was but a hamlet, not yet having been built up as part of the London conurbation.[3]

Castlebar Hill is also the name of one of the roads that runs up the hill (now classed as part of the B455).

An experimental hostel for deaf and blind children was founded at what is now 8 Castlebar Hill by Dr Edith Whetnall FRCS, a pioneering audiologist. The hostel was opened in 1953 by Iain Macleod MP and Spencer Tracy, as part of The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. It closed in 1993. In 2015, the Ealing Civil Society unveiled a plaque dedicated to the work of Dr Edith Whetnall on the building.[4]

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b Drawn View of the Seat of -------- Smith, Esq. At Castle Bear near Ealing, Europeana[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Brown, J. A. (1886). "The Thames-valley Surface-deposits of the Ealing District and their associated Palaeolithic Floors". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 42: 192–200. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1886.042.01-04.22.
  3. ^ Denise Yim (2004). Viotti and the Chinnerys. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-7546-3161-3
  4. ^ Unveiling by Mr Peter McKelvie MD ChM FRCS FRCS Ed DLO. "Ealing Civic Society Plaque dedicated to Dr Edith Whetnall FRCS 1910-1965 at 8 Castlebar Hill Ealing Friday 22nd May 2015" (PDF). Ealing Civic Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  5. ^ a b c d Walter Jerrold (1909), Highways and Byways in Middlesex, Macmillan, pp. 370–371