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The history of Queensbury

Our borough is one of the most diverse in the country and, as such, is divvied up into a number of different areas which make up small towns in their own right; with their own communities, cultures and businesses.

In this article, we’re going to be looking at the history of Queensbury.

With a population of 17,189 people, Queensbury is a suburb of Harrow along with neighbouring Kingsbury. Dominated by Queensbury Park, a large airy space on Honeypot Lane, Queensbury is accessed by Queensbury Station on the Jubilee Line and a number of bus services.

Queensbury gets a flying start

In 1920, this area of Harrow was classed as Edgware and Stag Lane was home to an aircraft company leased by the legendary Geoffrey de Havilland where famous aircraft including the Moth were manufactured. Notably, aviatrix Amy Johnson is said to have learned to fly at the site and would go on, in 1930, to become the first woman to fly from England to Australia in said Moth which is now on display to the public at the Science Museum.

Queensbury gets a station – and its name

When the aviation company packed up and moved to Hertfordshire in 1934, the foundations of Queensbury began to form as the disused airfield was used as a site for residential and commercial buildings. Until this time, Honeypot Lane was no more than a narrow track – and one which got its name from its gloopy sticky nature during wet weather. As the area became populated, Honeypot Lane was transformed into an important artery for the region.

That same year, work began on an underground station to serve this new community and, in 1936, Queensbury Station was finally opened to the public. The name of the station was chosen through a newspaper competition which was run by the railway company.

Parks and moving pictures

1936 was a busy year for Queensbury as this was also the year in which Queensbury Park was opened, offering local residents a much needed green space within walking distance. Soon, shops began to appear in the vicinity of the new station and a new brick church took pride of place on Beverley Drive in 1938.

By 1954, Queensbury was a thriving hub for families and professionals seeking easy access into Central London for work and, in the 1950s, the area even gained its own cinema – The Essoldo, which became a bingo hall during the 1960s.

Housing, nightlife and bustling businesses

These days, Queensbury is very much a multi-cultural part of our borough with Hinduism and Christianity making up the main faiths for the area. In 2024, Queensbury is known for its combination of residential communities, pubs, restaurants and commercial buildings such as Attic Self Storage.

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