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A Walk In The Park – A look at Edgware’s glorious Canons Park

Whether you’re picnicking with friends, taking a Sunday stroll or walking your furry friend, Harrow’s parks offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and, in this article, we’re having a wander through the history of one of Harrow’s best – Canon’s Park.

While Edgware’s Canons Park is every bit the modern public space these days, it was once part of the estate of the Duke of Chandos and his family. Having acquired the land, the Duke built a mansion – known as Cannons – on the site, along with grand parks and gardens for his family to enjoy.

Following the Duke’s death in 1744, the house was dismantled and the grounds were opened to the public. In 1760, cabinet maker, William Hallett, built a new structure on the site but little is known about the residents of this building following Hallett’s death in 1781 – until 1929 when the site was bought for the sum of £17,500 to house a school. Today, the site is home to the North London Collegiate School.

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Canons Park. Image: Nigel Fox

Over the centuries, the park was modernised and embellished and, between 1800 and 1838, The Temple was built inside the park. In its original form, The Temple contained a heated, glass Palm House but, while the structure is still in place today, it offers little more than shelter from the elements.

Past meets present at Canons Park

Other parts of the Duke of Chandos’s grounds can still be seen in Canons Park including The Kitchen Garden – while this area was once used to grow fruit and vegetables for the Duke’s family, it was developed in the early 1900s and became known as The Hawthorn Orchard due to the fact that, around the 1950s, many Hawthorn trees were planted; some of which still survive today.

The area surrounding the pond in Canons Park was developed in 1936 and named the George V Memorial Garden to commemorate the King’s death and it is thought that this area – the pond included – was an integral part of the Duke’s garden.

These days, Canon’s Park is an incredibly popular destination for local families and, today, the park boasts accessible paths for wheelchair users, sports and recreation facilities, toilets and The Good Friends Cafe. Parking is also available including two spaces for disabled drivers – for information on parking, check out the park’s website – https://www.harrow.gov.uk/environment-parks/canons-park

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