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Northwood is an elevated residential settlement in the London Borough of Hillingdon adjoining Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve (which contains the Ruislip Lido) and which shares a northern border with Hertfordshire.Northwood's population was recorded as 11,068 in 2008, by the Office for National Statistics reducing to 10,949 in 2011, and its south-eastern neighbourhood Northwood Hills had a population (in 2001) of 10,833. increasing to 11,578 in 2011.Northwood was used for location filming of the Goods' and Leadbetters' houses and surrounding streets in the BBC TV situation comedy series The Good Life.HistoryToponymyNorthwood was first recorded in 1435 as Northwode, formed from the Old English 'north' and 'wode', meaning 'the northern wood', in relation to Ruislip.Early developmentsIn 1086 at the Domesday Book the Northwood-embracing parish of Ruislip had immense woodland, sufficient to support one parish with 1,500 pigs per year, and a park for wild beasts (parcus ferarum).The hamlet of Northwood grew up along the north side of the Rickmansworth-Pinner road which passes across the north-east of the parish. Apart from this road and internal networks in areas of scattered settlement to the east and west, Ruislip had only three ancient roads of any importance of which Ducks Hill Road was the only one in the Northwood hamlet. This followed the course of the modern road from its junction with the Rickmansworth road in the northwest corner of the parish. It then ran south through Ruislip village as Bury Street and continued through the open fields as Down Barns Road (now West End Road) to West End in Northolt.Northwood is in Greater London. Use our United Kingdom journey planning tool to arrange the details of your trip to Northwood and other destinations.
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