Harrow on the Big Screen

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It’s always strange to see sights that are typically so every-day in stories that are anything but – yet this has happened repeatedly for Harrow, with various locales across the borough having been chosen at various points for use in film and TV. Indeed, only this past May, was the Civic Centre the set for… Read more »

Metro-land: The Birth of Modern Harrow

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Trains and railroads have a big presence in Harrow – both physically in the number of stops across the borough, and historically, in the borough’s history of crashes, which have featured in previous articles. It might be unsurprising, then, that once Harrow was in many ways defined by railroad travel, and that the borough owes… Read more »

A History of Headstone Manor

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Out of the whole borough – which, as we have seen in past weeks’, is hardly lacking for history – Headstone Manor is one of the most historical locations that Harrow has to offer. A large part of this is due to how tangible this history is. The manor grounds remains open for visits to… Read more »

Treacherous Politics and Rioting Peasants: Game of Thrones in Harrow

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The year was 1381, and England was burning. An agitated peasantry tore across the land, rebelling against the system that had for centuries kept them oppressed as the feudal establishment rallied to try and quell the fires of this would-be revolution. This was the Peasants’ Revolt – one of the volatile moments in the history… Read more »

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 »