An interesting item from the Hanwell .org. uk site.
The Hanwell Sarsen stone
It is thought probable that this large glacial boulder was swept down from the frozen north during the Ice Age.
In the early 1900s, when Townholme Crescent was being excavated, this stone was discovered in a layer of gravel just below the surface. Many stone implements and cinerary urns were found around this stone indicating that it was an important burial place for the Saxon tribes of those times.
It is interesting to note that other Saxon remains were found in 1886 where Oaklands School now is which is within a hundred yards or so of the Sarsen Stone excavation site.
There are several versions of the origin of Hanwell's name and one of the contenders is 'Stone by the spring' which involves the well known 'Hanwell or Sarsen Stone'. The stone, (han) would have been originally deposited in the Ice Age close to a little stream, (wiella), which -Flowed into the Brent and was excavated from where Townholme Crescent now is.
Early Christian Saxons used the word Saresyn (i.e. SARACEN) as a synonym of the words pagan or heathen, and as these stones were popularly associated with Druid worship, they were called Saresyn (or heathen) stones. In the tin mining areas of Cornwall old attle or rock was called 'Sarsen' or 'Jews' leavings' on the assumption that Saracens, Jews and Phoenicians had once worked there.
Sarsen stones form the outer circle at Stonehenge. The Hanwell 'Sarsen' Stone can be seen just inside the main entrance to Elthorne Park.
This page was originally prepared for Hanwell History society by Chris Edwards.