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Cowley, a Suburban Village with a Rich History
Cowley is an area, just next to Uxbridge, which runs parallel with the Grand Union Canal. It was first mentioned in the 10th century, being called Cofenlea which means 'the woodland clearing of a man named Cofa'. One of its earliest buildings, the 12th century St Laurence Church still stands today relatively unchanged. The High Street has always been the main thoroughfare in the district with houses and cottages recorded on each side of this road during the 17th and 18th centuries. The building of West Drayton railway station in 1838 brought more growth into the area and that is still the nearest railway station to the district. It has services to Paddington, Reading and Oxford. The nearest tube station is Uxbridge which is on the Metropolitan and District lines. There is a number of listed buildings in Cowley and two conservation areas Cowley Church and Cowley Lock. In the north of Cowley, towards Uxbridge is Brunel University, which has over 15,000 students. Hillingdon Hospital is also in the district just to the east. To the west, across the Fray's River and the River Colne is the M25 motorway. Nearby areas to Cowley UB8 include Iver SL0, Yiewsley UB7, Hillingdon UB9, UB10 and Richings Park SL0.