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A look at some of Harrow’s memorial benches

Losing a loved one is one of the worst things that most of us will go through and, in addition to a grave stone or marker, many people choose to commemorate their loved one with a memorial bench or tree. In this article, we’re looking at some of these memorials in Harrow as well as sharing information on how to go about securing one of these.

Arthur Lambert

At the top of Harrow on the Hill (toward Roxeth Hill) is an ornate bench dedicated to the memory of Arthur Lambert which includes the family motto (which would normally be accompanied by the family crest) – Ut Quocunque Paratus – which translates to “As prepared for whatever may happen”. The Lamberts were a prominent family in Harrow and many of the male members of the family were educated at Harrow School.

Pinner Memorial Park

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Unsurprisingly, a great many people choose to commemorate loved ones at the beautiful Pinner Memorial Park. A haven of peace just a hop skip and a jump from Pinner’s busy streets, this park was first opened in August 1950 and is a much loved space to walk dogs, take children to visit the duck pond or to just take some time out.

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Pinner Memorial Park. Image: Nicci Rae

In recent years, the park has also become a popular social hub due to the introduction of the Heath Robinson Museum and the delightful cafe / bar, Daisy’s In The Park.

How to get a memorial bench in Harrow

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If you’re looking to honour a loved one with a memorial bench, this is done on a donation basis. Memorial benches can be placed in parks, highway land and open spaces within our borough, however placement must be approved by Harrow Council.

Your bench will have to be gout through Harrow Council’s Grounds and Streets team and must have a uniform appearance with respect to other benches within the vicinity.

In general, Harrow will approve a Harrogate style bench – a 3 seater hardwood bench measuring 1.8 metres in width. Customers may choose to add a bronze plaque to be engraved with their loved one’s details (engraving will be taken care of by the council when you order the bench and plaque).

Memorial benches are usually allocated on a 10 year basis, after which a renewal fee may apply. A bench will cost £1216.95 and, if you require an engraved plaque, this will cost an extra £80 per letter. These costs must be paid upfront when placing the order.

A lasting legacy

While quite expensive, a memorial bench is a lovely – and functional way – to keep someone’s memory alive – particularly when placed in a park or open space that meant a lot to that person.