Hayes, Hillingdon

Hayes is a town in west London, part of the London Borough of Hillingdon. The town's population, including its localities Hayes End, Harlington and Yeading, was recorded as 83,564 in the 2011 census.[2] It is situated 13 miles (21 km) west of Charing Cross, or 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east of Slough. The Grand Union Canal flows through the heart of Hayes, accompanied by the Great Western Main Line and significant industry, a town centre, residential areas and country parks.


Former EMI headquarters, Hayes
Location within Greater London
Population83,564 (2011 Census[1]
OS grid referenceTQ095805
 Charing Cross13 mi (21 km) E
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHAYES
Postcode districtUB3, UB4
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51.5127°N 0.4211°W / 51.5127; -0.4211

Hayes has a long history. The area appears in the Domesday Book (1086).[3][4] Landmarks in the area include the Grade II* listed Parish Church, St Mary's[5] – the central portion of the church survives from the twelfth century[6] and it remains in use (the church dates back to 830 A.D.[7]) – and Barra Hall, a Grade II listed manor house.[8] The town's oldest public house – the Adam and Eve, on the Uxbridge Road – though not the original seventeenth-century structure, has remained on the same site since 1665.[9]

Hayes is best known as the erstwhile home of EMI. The words "Hayes, Middlesex" appear on the reverse of The Beatles' albums, which were manufactured at the town's Old Vinyl Factory.[10] The town centre's "gold disc" installation marks the fiftieth anniversary on 1 June 2017 of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, manufactured in Hayes in 1967.[11] The town is the location of the U.K. headquarters of companies including: Heinz,[12] United Biscuits,[13] Fujitsu,[14] and Rackspace U.K.[15]

Notable historical residents include the early modern "father of English music", William Byrd, and a pre-eminent figure of twentieth-century English literature, George Orwell.