Who went where and why

This is a work in progress, but we’ll aim to tell readers why

the Haredim went to Stamford Hill,

the post World War 2 Poles to Ealing,

the Sylheti Bangladeshis to the East End (at a time when much of it was still Middlesex),

the Punjabis to Southall

the West Indians to Harlesden

the Gujarati refugees from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to Wembley and Kingsbury,

Romanians to Kingsbury, Queensbury, Neasden

the white English from inner London to Enfield,

the newly rich to Totteridge, making this rural suburb Middlesex’s counterpart to of stockbroker Surrey or porn-tycoon Essex.

(We will also look at the impact of the new communities on the landscape, from Bengali vegetable growing on allotments in East London to conservation and ecology projects in Southall.)

But the most striking thing about settlement in Middlesex is that it has followed a tradition of creating communities that aren’t ghettoes. There is a very different feeling, say,.to the United States, or even to towns in the North of England where people from different backgrounds lead separate lives.

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