Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans this morning (Thursday, August 7) said his listeners may not have heard of Uxbridge.

The breakfast show host was discussing the possibility of the Mayor of London taking Sir John Randall's seat when he steps down as Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP ahead of the 2015 elections.

Unfathomable as that is to its residents, we have made a handy list to help those not in the know learn more about Boris's possible new stomping ground.

It was complied by Scott, of Balcony Shirts T-shirt shop in Windsor Street, Uxbridge, who has this week been interviewed by national news channels after he created T-shirts for and against BoJo coming to town.     

Scott Balcony modelling his 'Uxbridge says Yes and Uxbridge says No to Boris' t-shirts

Boris might not yet have a seat, but Labour's Chris Summers is already talking about going head-to-head with the him in the elections.

The move would certainly put Uxbridge on the map.

Scott Balcony
 

10 Things That You Might Not Know About Uxbridge

Fact number 1.  The name is derived from ‘Wixan’s Bridge’. The Wixan were a 7th-century Saxon tribe, and the bridge was probably near the bottom of Oxford Road where the ‘Swan and Bottle’ public house now stands.

Fact number 2.   It’s the administrative centre for the London Borough of Hillingdon, with its headquarters in the Civic Centre. The Grand Union Canal passes immediately to the west of Uxbridge and forms the borough boundary.

Fact number 3.   It’s home to Brunel University, which was named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Notable former students include former England footballer Tony Adams, Mighty Boosh actor Noel Fielding and Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Carl Barat.

Fact number 4.   Strange but true – Uxbridge is often called ‘the Venice of West London’. It’s only got one canal so no, we don’t know why either!

Fact number 5.   Uxbridge has two shopping centres, The Mall and intu Uxbridge. The Mall didn’t have a roof when it opened in 1975 – locals still talk of how cold it was. intu Uxbridge stands on the site of the old Harmans brewery.

Fact number 6.   For about 200 years most of London’s flour was produced in the Uxbridge area. In the 19th century the Kingsmill opened – they’re now one of the best known bread makers in the country. There is also a ”Bakers Yard”.

Fact number 7.   RAF Uxbridge was the headquarters of 11 Group Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. A replica Spitfire could be seen on display at the front entrance until March 2010.

Fact number 8.   It used to have three railway stations – Uxbridge Vine Street (originally just called Uxbridge Station), Uxbridge High Street, and Uxbridge Belmont Road. All these have now closed,replaced by the Underground and bus services.

Fact number 9.   The ‘Moderne’ or Art Deco style Uxbridge Lido opened on 31 August 1935. The building is now Grade II Listed, and has been incorporated into the new Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex which opened in 2010.

Fact number 10.   In the early 19th century the jurist William Arabin had a low opinion of Uxbridge residents, saying ‘They will steal the very teeth out of your mouth as you walk through the streets. I know it from experience.’ They’re a lot nicer nowadays, honest!

Would you welcome Boris coming to Uxbridge? Vote in our poll.

Who will be responsible for handing him not just the road map to his much anticipated political return but, if gossip proves true, the keys (to be kept in a safe place for later use) to Number 10?

Step forward Councillors Wayne Bridges, Eddie Lavery, Alan Chapman, Teji Barnes and the leader of Hillingdon Council, Ray Puddifoot.

What important facts are we missing from our list? Let us know by tweeting @hannahuxgazette or emailing hannah.raven@trinitymirror.com