is a village
immediately west of London Heathrow Airport
in the London Borough of Hillingdon
. Longford is located 15.8 miles (25.4 km) west of Charing Cross
The village is located on the Bath Road, to south of the M4
and just north of the Heathrow Western Perimeter Road. The area is characterised by a historic village core. Despite its close proximity to the A4
, the Stanwell Moor Road and Heathrow Airport, Longford has retained its village character.
The village is home to a number of businesses including McDonalds, Littlebrook Nursery, Thistle Hotel Heathrow and Abbey Business Centres
The village developed on the site of the (long) ford on the River Colne
, which was an important crossing point for travellers on the Old Bath Road. The name Longford derives from the 2 words ‘long’ and ‘ford’ extending from the first bridge at Harmondsworth almost to Colnbrook
Limited evidence survives of Roman occupation though archaeological excavations have revealed 2 brooches of Roman date. It is believed that Longford developed as a small Saxon settlement dating from the 5th to 7th century AD. Historic buildings still survive from the medieval and post medieval period.
Philip Sherwood, History and Guide to Harlington and Harmondsworth
, (Harlington: PT Sherwood, 2002)