Southall is located on the Grand Union Canal (formerly the Grand Junction Canal) which first linked London with the rest of the growing canal system.
It was one of the last canals to carry significant commercial traffic (through the 1950s) and is still open to traffic and is used by pleasure craft.
The name Southall derives from the Anglo-Saxon dative æt súð healum, "At the south corner (of the land or wood)" and súð heal, "South corner" and separates it from Northolt which was originally norþ heal, "North corner" which through a later association with Anglo-Saxon holt, "Wood, copse" developed into Northolt.
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Southall is a large suburban district of west London, England, and part of the London Borough of Ealing.
It is situated 10.7 miles (17.2 km) west of Charing Cross.
Neighbouring places include Yeading, Hayes, Hanwell, Heston, Hounslow, Greenford and Northolt.
The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
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