The Story behind Pinner’s Floating Coffin

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There is a grave in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist’s church in Pinner that stands apart – or rather above – from the rest. A stone, triangular monument protrudes out from the ground, and thrust through its centre is a single coffin, inscribed on either end to the man and woman the monument… Read more »

Heath Robinson’s weird, wonderful machines

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Last week, we looked at William Leefe Robinson – wartime hero of Stanmore and for a time, a symbol of hope for the nation – but there was another Robison – indeed, another William Robinson – in Harrow during the war which you may have heard of too. His name was William Heath Robinson –… Read more »

Leefe Robinson: Stanmore’s Wartime Hero

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Harrow and its local area has produced a number of heroes over the years, but few have quite as dramatic a story as William Leefe Robinson. Until very recently, you might well have heard of his name thanks to the local pub in Stanmore which had taken it up in commemoration of his deeds. A… Read more »

A History of Kodak in Harrow

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In 1943, George Eastman, American innovator and the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, was dying. An illness of the spine was killing him, causing great pain and leaving him unable to move properly. Haunted by the pain his mother went through in her final years over twenty years prior, Eastman was driven into a… Read more »

Pinner: Fairs, Pubs and Wheelbarrows

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As one of the ten hamlets of the medieval Harrow Manor, Pinner is one of the oldest areas in the borough, and has an extensive history of local traditions to match – one of these the long-running (and upcoming) St. George’s Day ‘Ye Olde Village Wheelbarrow Race.’ For those unfamiliar, the event – held every… Read more »

Secrets of Grim’s Dyke: Playwrights, Romans, Spies?

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Few places in Harrow have as quite an expansive history as Grim’s Dyke does. Though now a hotel, the Old Redding estate has, as far back as two millennia, been the site of some of the most notable activity in the local area. The house for which the land is now known for was built… Read more »

The Harrow Gunpowder Plot, 1805

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It was Easter in 1805, and Doctor Joseph Drury, aged fifty-five was stepping down from his position as Head Master of Harrow School. It was a post that he had held for some twenty years, and to great success – having gained much popularity amongst the students of the school. But his retirement meant a… Read more »

The Death of Thomas Port, 1838

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Bright rose the morn and vig’rous’ rose poor Port.  Gay on the Train he used his wonted sport: Ere noon arrived his mangled form they bore, With pain distorted and o’erwhelmed with gore: When evening came to close the fatal day, A mutilated corpse the sufferer lay.   Amidst the headstones and the grass of… Read more »