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Bull's Bridge (railway bridge)

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51°30'10"-00°24'13" show decimal

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Bull's Bridge (railway bridge)
Hayes Towpath, Grand Union Canal, Hayes, Middlesex

This branch of the Grand Union Canal was opened in 1801, creating a route from Bulls Bridge to Paddington in order to provide speedy transport of people and goods into the city from Uxbridge. The railway bridge is the main line out of Paddington to the West of England and Wales, and was built in 1839.

There used to be a footpath across the bridge, but like many railside paths it has now been closed for safety reasons.

EMI used to have huge factories by the railway at this spot, but they were closed down and demolished by 1971. The waste ground is still there, though there is now a large hill that blocks the view from the railway.

How to get here:

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Rail: Hayes and Harlington - Exit the station and turn left, walking down the hill to North Hyde Road. Turn left and follow it until you approach the large roundabout with the A312. Head up the steps to the A312 and walk over the Grand Union Canal, then walk down the walkway to the canal side. Turn left and cross over Bull's Bridge, and then turn left onto the canal path up to the railway bridge. +

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Bus: Bulls Bridge bus map - Buses to Tescos. From there walk to the large roundabout with the A312 (Parkway) and along the subway to the other side. Turn right up the steps to the A312 and walk over the Grand Union Canal, then walk down the walkway to the canal side. Turn left and cross over Bull's Bridge, and then turn left onto the canal path up to the railway bridge. +

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Road: M4 - Exit at junction 3, and head north on the A312 (Hillingdon). At the next roundabout go right and then left into the Tesco car park. +

Parking Details

Parking is free for 3 hours in the Tesco car park.

This location is private and has no or limited access only. The grounds and towpath by the bridge on the side used in filming are private, but the area around the bridge can be easily viewed from the public footpath on the opposite bank.

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableBridge

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Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Day of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The guerillas materialise at the bridge

Day of the Daleks (4)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
Benton reports that the Doctor and Jo have been found.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableTunnel Entrance

Photo

Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Day of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The guerillas emerge from the tunnel

Day of the Daleks (4)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The Dalek attack force arrives.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: partialBank

Photo

Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Day of the Daleks (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
Shura heads back to the tunnel entrance.

Day of the Daleks (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
Shura is attacked by an Ogron.

 

Photo

Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Day of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The guerillas look out from the tunnel.

 

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableCanal Bank

Photo

Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

Day of the Daleks (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The guerillas look out from the tunnel.

Day of the Daleks (4)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 15 Sep 1971
The Daleks advance on UNIT

 

 

Access: privateStatus: alteredWaste Ground

Photo

Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

"Taken from a train passing by the waste ground."

Day of the Daleks (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 14 Sep 1971
UNIT search for signs of Styles's attacker.

 

Additional Notes:

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The wasteground is all fenced off and not possible to see properly from ground level.

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There is a huge hill on the grounds next to the railway line that now inhibits the view from trains passing by.

Other nearby locations:

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The Straight (Invasion of the Dinosaurs). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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White Street (The Ambassadors of Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 0.57 miles.

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Heathrow Airport (Time-Flight): 3.21 miles.

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West London Islamic Centre (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 3.39 miles.

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Chamberlain Road (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 3.44 miles.

General Details:

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It is probable that you can see the wasteland properly from the A312 that runs parallel above the site; however, as there is no formal pavement on the side nearest to the waste ground this might not be the safest way to see it!

Further links about the location:

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Hillingdon Council - Hayes Towpath

Related Stories

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Day of the Daleks [14-15 Sep 1971]: Focal point for the time tunnel.

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