In 830 AD Southall was known as a small hamlet within the larger parish of Norwood. However, it wasn’t until over a millennium later in 1864 that it came into being as a parish in its own right.
In the1960’s there was an explosion in the influx of people into this West London suburb, particularly from the Asian Sub-Continent. Today, the area is dominated by a predominantly Punjabi-speaking Asian community with pockets of small internal ‘villages’ such as ‘Little Mogadishu’ situated on The Green between the station and Dominion Centre, opposite the old manor house.
It only takes a short walk down Southall Broadway to notice the wonderful and uniquely diverse range of peoples occupying the town – from Afghani right through to, African-Caribbean, Arabian, Angolan, Bengali, Chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Irish, Jewish, Kenyan, Nigerian, Pakistani, Tamil, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Somali and Zambian.
Since the late 1970′s Southall has produced some key figures in the fields of arts, politics, film and media – particularly in the 1980′s with the burgeoning Bhangra music scene and the more recent Bollywood craze. [See Who’s Who]