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Harrow’s Lost Pubs – A look at some of the Boroughs favourite watering holes

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or winding down after a long day at work, Britain’s boozers play an integral part in our lives – and Harrow is no different. While Harrow still has its fair share of great pubs, many have been lost to the annals of time and, in this article, we’re looking at the lost pubs of Harrow.

The Fat Controller

First opened in 1995, this railway-themed bar was, at one time, one of the most popular venues in Harrow – and it was very much standing room only at weekends.

Unfortunately, during the early 2000s, the pub was plagued by problems including an arson attempt, fighting and an accusation of willfully serving underage patrons, resulting in the Fat Controller becoming well known to the local police. Sadly for its regulars, The Fat Controller finally closed its doors for good in 2010.

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The Railway Hotel

Back in its heyday, The Railway Hotel in Wealdstone was the place to be for music lovers and was even partly responsible for the success of legendary band, The Who. First opened in the 1950s as a jazz venue, the pub would go through a number of incarnations; including an R&B bar until it finally closed in 1999 and, in 2002, the building was partially destroyed by fire. Today, the site of The Railway Hotel is home to a smart set of residential flats.

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The North Star, Harrow. Image: Ewan Munro

The North Star

Perched on the corner of Crown Street and Waldron Road, The North Star was first opened in the late 1800s and no doubt catered largely to hard-working farmers and their employees. The pub shut down in 1957 – possibly due to competition from nearby pub The Castle. The site has since been converted into a private residence which is currently up for sale for an eye-watering £1,250,000.

The King’s Head

Just a stone’s throw from The North Star once stood The Queen’s Arms; a handsome and popular pub first opened in 1535 as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII before going on to become a public bar.

Throughout the centuries, the building would remain a centre for drinking and socialising right up until the 1970s. In 2001, the site was converted into flats and business premises and, today, all that remains of The Kings Head is the hanging sign outside.

The Roxborough Tavern

A good old-fashioned boozer, The Railway Tavern opened in 1927 and enjoyed a brisk trade due to its position on the junction of College Road and Pinner Road, making it conveniently close to the tube station. The pub closed in the late 1980s and the building was later demolished to make way for the new St. George’s Shopping Centre.

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The Queen’s Head is Pinner’s oldest Inn. Image Credit: Grant Williams.

Out with the Old and In with the New

While many of Harrow’s beloved pubs may now be gone forever, our borough still has plenty to choose from – from modern family-style venues to good old-fashioned historic bars such as The Castle and The Queen’s Head in Pinner.

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