Heath Row, 1805
Two hundred years ago, the sleepy farming village of Heath Row probably attracted around 100 visitors per year, most of them sheep. Today, 61 million people pass through each year—more than the entire UK population. The enormous changes to this part of London are made apparent in a series of images from Cassini Maps. The chart above shows the area in 1805, with the current extent of the airport overlaid in salmon and the proposed third runway and terminal shown in red. The existing runways are depicted in blue. To the north, the villages of Harmondsworth and Sipson still exist, and are threatened by the new runway plans. Further maps and an excellent commentary on the history of the area can be found at Cassini Maps.
Image copyright © Cassini Publishing Ltd 2008.