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The history of the ‘Weald Stone’ in Harrow Weald

The “Weald Stone” in Harrow is an ancient monument, said to mark the boundary between Harrow and Harrow Weald.

It’s a big, unmarked rock sitting on the pavement, and buried in it – nobody knows how far down it goes. You can spot it outside Bombay Central, which used to be The Red Lion pub, and the Wealdstone Inn, on the High Road in Harrow Weald.

But this rock isn’t just any old rock. It’s a big deal. It’s so famous that even a semi-pro football team sings its name from one end of the country to the other. It’s even on the tube map. That’s the Weald Stone.

So, what’s the story behind this stone?

Legend has it that this pile of rock is older than the oldest records we have about it, which go back to Tudor England under King Henry VIII. Some say it got here way back when glaciers were moving stuff around during the Stone Age. It’s huge, but most of it’s buried underground.

It’s a bit ironic, isn’t it? The Weald Stone, supposedly marking the boundary of Wealdstone, but actually loafing around in Harrow Weald instead. Talk about a stone with a wandering spirit!

They call it a sarsen stone. You might walk past it without a second thought, but this rough-looking rock has a deep history that’s pretty cool.

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The Weald Stone, Harrow Weald.

There’s another story that’s a bit more believable. Some folks think it’s a marker for a chief’s grave or a guide for travelers from way back before Tudor times.

This stone has a knack for disappearing. It vanished in 1549, maybe buried or tossed into a nearby stream as a joke. But it popped up again during an excavation in 1834, still standing outside the Red Lion, now Bombay Central.

Today, it’s a big deal in the borough. Besides being the namesake for the district, it’s famous enough to have its name shouted out by a football team and printed on the tube map – indeed something that not a lot of boroughs can claim!.

The Weald Stone’s ancient roots add to Harrow’s history. It’s pretty wild to think that a rock in northwest London can hold its own alongside famous sites like Stonehenge.