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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
The largest woods in London.
Location: Ducks Hill Road, Ruislip
Description: Ruislip Woods are the largest wooded area in the London area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
It comprises four separate woods: Park Wood, Mad Bess Wood and Copse Wood in Ruislip, with Bayhurst Wood in Harefield.
It's also a National Nature Reserve in West London, and the first in England in an urban area.
Fragments unearthed date back to the Bronze Age.
Timber from these woods have been used in the construction of the Tower of London in 1339, Windsor Castle in 1344, the Palace of Westminster in 1346 and the manor of the Black Prince in Kennington.
These are recorded when the woods were owned by Bec Abbey. Then it was transferred to Kings College, Cambridge who became lords of the manor in 1451.
It February 1931 the woods and surrounding buildings were sold by Kings College to the local council.