Have you ever noticed one of the many brown plaques in Harrow? Ever wondered who puts them there or why? The answer lies with our very own heritage trust.
The Harrow Heritage Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the borough.
Founded in 1985, the trust’s mission is to ensure that the cultural, architectural, and environmental heritage of Harrow is conserved and passed down to future generations to come.
The trust is responsible for maintaining and preserving a number of historic buildings and sites throughout Harrow. One of its most notable properties Headstone Manor, the medieval manor house that dates back to the 14th century.
The trust has been working to restore the manor house and surrounding buildings as its one of, if not the most popular heritage attraction that offers visitors a glimpse into Harrow’s past.
The site was constructed in 1310 making it one of the oldest landmarks in the entire borough.
In addition to its preservation efforts, the Harrow Heritage Trust also offers educational programs and resources for local schools and community groups.
These programs aim to engage young people in the history of Harrow and encourage them to take an active interest in the heritage of their community.
They host a range of events and activities throughout the year, including guided tours of historic sites, talks and lectures on local history, and exhibitions of art and artefacts from the borough’s past. These events provide an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to learn more about the rich history of Harrow and the important role it has played in the development of London.
The Nature Conservation Forum, which is a sub-committee of the Harrow Heritage Trust, is another organisation that works closely with the Trust. The majority of the nature reserves and wild open spaces located within the London Borough of Harrow are cared for and protected by a group of volunteers known as ‘the Forum’. This arm of the trust organises conservation action events in each of the different reserves in Harrow, in addition to events that are fun and educational, such as guided walks.
The Harrow Heritage Trust itself is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure that the heritage of Harrow is preserved for future generations.
Now as we mentioned, you may have noticed some of the many brown plaques scattered around Harrow marking interesting buildings or structures. These may be architectural or historically important places or both, or indeed where a historic event has taken place. Below is a list of the current plaques you’ll find across Harrow.
Old Redding, Harrow Weald
Queen’s Head Public House
High Street, Pinner
Waxwell Lane, Pinner at the junction with Uxbridge Road
Harrow Old Schools
Church Hill, Harrow on the Hill
St Laurence Whitchurch
Whitchurch Lane by St Laurence Close
High Street, Harrow on the Hill
64 High Street, Pinner
Grim’s Dyke (1)
Montesole Playing Fields, Uxbridge Road, Pinner
Grim’s Dyke (2)
Saddlers Mead Recreation Ground, off Clonard Way, Hatch End
Old St John’s Church, Great Stanmore
Uxbridge Road near Old Church Lane
West View, Victorian municipal office
39 High Street, Harrow on the Hill
Clement Attlee, his residence
Heywood Court, Stanmore
The Weald Stone
Bombay Central, High Road, Harrow Weald
Harrow & Wealdstone Station
The Bridge, Wealdstone
Harrow Recreation Ground, pavilion
Hindes Road, Harrow
Hatch End Station
Uxbridge Road, Hatch End
Mrs Beeton, the site of her house
Hatchets, 513 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End
Old Fire Station
90 High Street, Harrow on the Hill
Headstone Lane, Hatch End
Church Lane, Pinner
Wood Lane, Stanmore
The Cedars, gateway
Uxbridge Road, at the junction with Courtenay Drive
Canons Park, Gate Piers
Canons Drive, Edgware
The Bridge, Wealdstone
Uxbridge Road, Stanmore, near the Old Church
Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End
The Ace Bar, Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane
Pinner Hill Farm
Pinner Hill Road
776 Kenton Lane, Harrow Weald
73 Stanmore Hill
Grim’s Dyke (3)
Pear Wood Nature Reserve, Wood Lane, Stanmore
Montrose Walk, Gordon Avenue
42, Stanmore Hill