The Harrow Story: From 500 A.D. to 2017

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It’s often easy to write off your home as some effective backwater unless you find yourself at the heart of some globally-known location – and Harrow, despite being a part of London, is no different. Yet this is unfair. The smallest things can have the greatest significance, and even the (seemingly) most mundane and ordinary… Read more »

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 »

Pinner: Where Elton John was Born

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Harrow has, as the past months has shown, no shortage of famous figures – which is why it is no small thing to say that the subject of this week’s article is one of the borough’s most famous. The subject of this week’s article is a pop icon known across the world, one whose formative… Read more »

The Real Scrooge: Daniel Dancer, Harrow’s Notorious Miser

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The Christmas season is now upon us – and with it, comes plenty of roasted turkeys, crackers, bright decorations, and, of course, gifts and gift-giving. It is because of this that this week’s article focuses on one of the borough’s most famous (and notorious) figures – a man who was so scrupulously uncharitable, so obsessively… Read more »

The Past and Future of the Harrow Arts Centre

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The Arts Centre is a well-known landmark in the modern Harrow landscape. Yet I know that I, for one, have long been aware of the site, without ever really giving the impressive buildings their due – or, as it turns out, the history its due. The centre has a history extending back far, even beyond… Read more »

Community Spotlight: The Corner Shop

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Amidst the history that this borough has to offer, you’d be forgiven if you forgot that history, local history especially, can come in a myriad of smaller forms. One such form, perhaps the clearest, lies in family-run businesses. Whilst increasingly squeezed out by the big, distant corporations, these businesses that remain serve as some of… Read more »

The Boro’s – The Story of Harrow’s Football Team

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With the football season well underway, there may be no better time than the present to look at Harrow’s premier football team – a long-standing staple in the local community, and the source of, perhaps surprisingly, a number of successes over the years. Founded in 1933, initially under the name Roxonian F.C., the club quickly… Read more »

The Mystery of Middlesex: Our County’s History

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For many – certainly for myself – Middlesex is an enigma of sorts. A name on the post, a term thrown around when you’re talking about you’re address; but nothing concrete, nothing that you could effectively discern. Indeed, Middlesex becomes even more problematic in that it rarely appears on any modern map. You wouldn’t be… Read more »

The Story behind the Skipping Girl and other Public Art in Harrow

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Harrow has, as the past few weeks have perhaps shown, no shortage of iconic landmarks and locales. Between the Zoroastrian Centre or the numerous graves on the hill, each with their own interesting story to tell, the borough has a bountiful of memorable things to see. The subject of this week’s article is but another… Read more »