The Story of Sir Roger Bannister

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With this week marking the beginning of the latest Olympic Games in Rio, there may be no better time to commemorate the life of one of Harrow’s most famous sportsmen. Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE has become world-renown for his feats in the athletic world, and his story is equally well-known – but as someone… Read more »

The Story of Stanmore’s Famous Art Historian

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Over the years, Harrow has been the home of a number of famous people – and this is especially true for the Stanmore area, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Between those like Edward Adrian Wilson, Queen Adelaide or Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding, Stanmore has an extensive history of famous and important individuals… Read more »

The Story of Harrow’s Historic School

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With the summer term of the academic year coming to a close in the next few weeks, it seems an apt time to look into the school that, across the world, the borough is known for. Even if most of us have never attended the school in any formal fashion, its history in the local… Read more »

Bentley Priory and the Battle of Britain

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At the end of this week, on July 10th, it is the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Even now, so many decades on, this event remains prolific in the public eye – and rightly so. The heroic efforts of the RAF in the 1940 were vital in thwarting the Nazi ambitions of invading… Read more »

Heroism and Tragedy: The Harrow and Wealdstone Rail Crash

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The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash of 1952 remains one of Harrow’s most tragic events. Sixteen vehicles were completely destroyed or severely damaged in the crash – destruction exceeded only by the loss of life seen. One hundred and twelve people were killed that October day not too long ago, and some 340 people were… Read more »

Harrow’s Transnational Twins

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This week, the nation will be deciding its place in the European Union, and, in some ways, its place in the wider world. With this in mind – regardless of which side you fall in this debate – it seems an apt time for a different kind of article on the Harrow area, one that… Read more »

Queen Adelaide: Stanmore’s link to Australia

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Last week, the nation celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the current and long-reigning monarch. However, when it comes to the Harrow area, there may well be another queen worth celebrating. Her name was Queen Adelaide (more on that name later) – a nineteenth century monarch and, for last years of her life,… Read more »

Whitefriars in Harrow

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Though the Kodak Factory is – or, indeed, was – well known for its presence in Harrow (more on that here), there was also another local industrial site that remains less so, one that met the same fate as Kodak only decades prior. Its name was Whitefrairs Glassworks – a national treasure of industry, having… Read more »

The Chalk Mines beneath Pinner

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For many, the White Cliffs of Dover are the quintessential part of the British nation. As tall, sheer walls of white chalk that shine in the sun, their image is as striking and as it has been symbolic – an icon of the island nation as a whole, and of all the history that comes… Read more »

The Story of Stanmore’s Polar Explorer

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The story of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic is well known: an enormous private venture which set out to reach the South Pole before the competing Norwegian team, only to be beaten by some thirty-four days, and, on the journey back, for the five-man British team to perish, their fates unknown until… Read more »