The History of Harrow in London

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Harrow History

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St Mary’s Church is located in Harrow on the Hill, the building of the church began in 1087, today there is not much of the original church in existence, although the bottom of the tower is from the initial building. There is evidence a school has been in existence in Harrow since 1243, although the Harrow School that is there today was founded in 1572, one of the buildings is an impressive red brick home.

An 18th C granary is now part of Harrow Museum, it was restored to its former glory and can now be viewed, and it was once part of Pinner Park Farm. The 14thC Headstone Manor is the oldest building in the area and one of London’s most historic, this farmhouse is made from a timber structure and is one of the few remaining.

History of Harrow

Harrow sits between the Hertfordshire countryside and the River Brent, Harrow on the Hill and Pinner both attracted wealthier residents as far back as the 17th C. Harrow School itself was founded in 1572 and largely affected the population growth from the late 1700’s. The railway was introduced here in the 19th C.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Herges’ and later called ‘Hareways’. Harrow was originally a market town, and dates back to Norman times. Famous previous alumni of Harrow’s schools include Winston Churchill, Lord Bryon and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Modern Day Harrow

A borough of Middlesex up until 1965, when it then became part of Greater London, now a fairly affluent area where many desire to live, the crime rates in the area are low for London. The area today is highly regarded for its excellent education; the University of Westminster also has a large campus here too. Harrow is today a charming village. An abundance of businesses in the area, Harrow town centre is now an employment hub, many families also move here to enjoy the two leading private schools. There is a wealthy Asian community in Harrow.