Philip Glenister: Life in Harrow to Life on Mars

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Dev Patel – who we looked at last week as part of our ongoing coverage of Harrow’s most famous modern faces – is not the only successful modern thespian to have come from the borough. Philip Glenister – actor of Life on Mars’ and Ashes to Ashes’ Gene Hunt, amongst numerous other popular roles –… Read more »

The Stones – The Story behind Wealdstone FC

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A few weeks ago, Harrow FC were featured in a Harrow Online article – one exploring their long history of ups and downs, from the early twentieth century into the twenty-first and the present. With that in mind, it seems only fair that the borough’s other football team, who consider Harrow FC their rivals, should… 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 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 »

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 »

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 »