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 »

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 »