West London (Southall) Female

Aged 24 | Born 1990

Full Kit

About the Speaker

"I was born in Southall, in Ealing hospital, and I went to a high school just up the road. I am working class. I work as a scientist at Public Health England at the moment. I’m a British Asian: Sikh."

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This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit


About Southall

Southall is a large suburban district of West London, England, and part of the London Borough of Ealing. The town has one of the largest concentrations of South Asian people outside of the Indian sub-continent and is especially known for its concentration of Punjabis.

In 1950, the first group of South Asians arrived in Southall, reputedly recruited to work in a local factory owned by a former British Indian Army officer. This South Asian population grew, due to the closeness of expanding employment opportunities such as London Heathrow Airport. According to the Commission for Racial Equality, over 55% of Southall’s population of 70,000 is Indian/Pakistani.

Earlier, in the 1920s and 1930s Southall was the destination of many Welsh migrants escaping from the harsh economic conditions in that part of the country. For many years, Welsh accents were very commonplace in the area.

Southall was also the main location for the internationally acclaimed film Bend It Like Beckham.