Step back in history and take a self-guided tour of Ruislip – it makes a great day trip from London. If you’re a history buff and find yourself with a free morning or afternoon to spare, hop on the tube (underground) and take the Metropolitan or Piccadilly line to the charming little town of Ruislip – about 45 minutes from the heart of London. What makes Ruislip so unique is its historical significance – it dates back to 1086. (It’s also very special to us – it’s my hometown, my family lives there and it’s where Barry and I were married).
A little Ruislip history:
- Prior to 1066 – legend has it that Ruislip belonged to a Saxon landowner
- 1066 – following the Norman Conquest in 1066, the land was seized and given to the Lord of the Manor
- 1087-1404 – Ruislip was granted to the Abbey of Bec
- 1085 – William the Conqueror ordered a survey be put together featuring an inventory of the land in England
- 1086 – Information recorded in the Domesday Book provided the first written reference to Ruislip
- The original name of Ruislip (pronounced Rice-lip) comes from two Old English words: “ryse” (rush) and “hlype” (leap), meaning “leaping place across a river where rushes grow.”