A Famous Harrow Resident: Claire Rayner

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Following the trend of looking at some of the most famous people to have lived in Harrow, this week’s article features a woman who lived in the borough for longer than most, and who, even as a nationally-known celebrity, still took the time to be a staple of the local community. An icon for a… Read more »

The Old Harrow Hospital: Harrow Cottage

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Nowadays, when one thinks of a hospital in Harrow, they are perhaps more likely to think of the likes of Northwick Park than anything else. Yet until relatively recently, there was another hospital – one much older and closer to the borough’s centre. This was Harrow Cottage Hospital, the provider of healthcare and treatment for… Read more »

The Story behind John Peachey’s Tomb

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John Peachey’s tomb is, even if you did not know the name, a grave that you will likely have noticed if you have passed through our hilltop cemetery more than once. It stands unique in St. Mary’s churchyard in a number of ways – chief among them the impressive view of Harrow that it offers,… Read more »

Churchill’s Time at Harrow School

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Though not without his controversies, Churchill, rightly or wrongly, is easily one of the most famous figures to have emerged from Harrow – if not the most famous – and with the introduction of the new five pound note last week, we have but another reminder of how pervasive his image remains. Yet with so… Read more »

The Stories behind Place Names

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Place names are perhaps as interesting as they are overlooked when it comes to pockets of history that are constantly around us. It’s so easy to forget that within place names are years and years of history – often dating back to the earliest of any given place – and that names now used so… Read more »

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 »

The Pagans of Harrow on the Hill

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Harrow on the Hill is perhaps Harrow’s most defining landmark – the home of its famous school; the location of the church whose steeple can be seen across the borough. For many, if not most, Harrow is its hill, and the hill is Harrow. Yet, as it turns out, the hill may have also importance… Read more »