Having our main UK Wooden Window Company now based in Isleworth, we have written a little historic information about our local area, Enjoy!
Exploring The History Of Isleworth
The history of Isleworth dates back more than a thousand years. This small town begins as a settlement by the Thames river. It has its roots in Anglo Saxon development and currently has a population of about 20,000 people.
In the year 695 this little town was a Roman and British settlement. This has been proven by diggings around the Syan House vicinity. It was first known as "Gislheresuuyrth" which means an enclosure that owned by a man called Gislhere.
The early part of 1066 saw the Norwegian invasion of England. There were a series of raids on the southern part of England during this time. These raids were led by King Harold's brother Tostig. Later in the year the king of Norway invaded England, and Tostig joined forces with them. Eventually Harold prevailed but it was at great cost and weakened his forces. This made it easier for the next invasion force to prevail.
The little settlement of Isleworth is mentioned in the historic Doomsday Book of 1086. This ancient book recorded a famous survey that included England as well as parts of Wales. This survey was a way for King William I to know what his people have as far as land, livestock, and possessions. This way he could assess taxes on them. According to the survey, the manor in the town was owned by Earl Algar during the reign of Edward the Confessor in the 11th century. In fact, a street within the area still has his name.
By the time of the Doomsday Book, Isleworth was an established settlement by the River Thames, in Middlesex. This settlement was owned by Norman Barons after the time of the great Norman Conquest. This was how William the Conqueror gained control of England from Harold II.