Buildings In Harrow

Harrow, is a bit like the weather, it is constantly changing in one way or another over time. Both boundaries and buildings have evolved significantly, particularly over the last hundred years, with new building projects of varying size popping up on a regular basis. The people are industrious and hardworking and the area is famed for educating some of the country’s finest leaders and talents.  Whether it is for building homes, communities or careers, Harrow can be proud for its efforts in using the right tools and the right people for the right job.


Harrow On The Hill


History Of Harrow


The first recorded use of the term Harrow is from 767 as Gumeninga Hergae. It has been suggested that the meaning of this was ‘heathen temple’ of the tribe that occupied the area at that time called the Gumeningas.
The first recorded mention of Harrow on the Hill however wasn’t until much later on in 1398, as Harrow atte Hille. One explanation for the name is described to come from the meaning of ‘the church upon the hill’, which may have significance as the area had been historically known to be used as a place of pagan worship.


Harrow on the Hill is also an ecclesiastical parish with St. Mary's Church at the apex. It was consecrated by St Anselm in 1094 and later became a civil parish as part of the Gore Hundred (subdivision) of Middlesex. In 1894 however, Harrow, including Harrow on the Hill began to transform quite significantly in terms of the boundaries and territories of land and people.


Harrow town was formed in 1934 as an urban district of Middlesex. This was initiated by the Middlesex Review Order 1934, as a merger of Harrow on the Hill Urban District, Hendon Rural District and Wealdstone Urban District.

On 4 May 1954 the urban district became a municipal borough and later in 1965 this was abolished and transferred to Greater London from Middlesex to form the London Borough of Harrow. Harrow is unique in that it is the only London borough to replicate exactly the unchanged boundaries of a single former district.

Buildings In Harrow - Harrow School

 

People and Places

Harrow is home to its fair share of famous buildings and places, few if any are more historically significant that the Harrow School. This institution has served as the breeding ground for a multitude of famous and influential people. The Harrow School has served to educate several monarchs and members of nobility from various countries, including Mukarram Jah the last Nizam of Hyderabad, King Hussein of Jordan and his cousin Faisal II, the last King of Iraq. A number of members of the British Royal Family have also attended the school.

Harrow School - Churchill


Harrow school has also been the education hub for many influential political figures from Robert Peel founder of the Conservative Party, to Winston Churchill who is stated to have found his years at Harrow challenging and wrote that “I was on the whole considerably discouraged by my school days.”


Beyond politics the school has educated many in the arts, from poet Lord Byron, to the more recent James Blunt and Benedict Cumberbatch. However, it is not just the school but rather the wider area that has served as home to a great deal of famous figures from a variety of fields. There does seem to be a significant number of people that have found success in the arts and sciences.

Famous presenter and Astronomer Patrick Moore for example was born in Pinner, which is where Ronnie Barker and radio presenter Jeremy Vine have both resided. Both Sir Elton John and Matt Lucas have homes in Stanmore, which is where Billy Idol was born and raised.

This is the tip of a very large celebrity ice berg that has its roots in Harrow, and the areas ability to produce exceptional people is quietly remarkable.

Buildings In Harrow - St Marys Parish Church

Buildings In Harrow


Of the approximate 372,905 listed building in England, 300 are in Harrow. These buildings are of particular interest due to their national importance. In addition to this there are over 900 locally listed buildings in the area that, while not offered the same protection as a statutorily listed building, are important to the borough due to their local interest and the positive contribution that they make to the townscape.


For an area that you may consider to be quite ordinary to the eye, this figure may surprise you. The volume of nationally and locally listed buildings shows the quality and significance of building in Harrow over a great deal of time. The selection of listed buildings includes both buildings of ancient and recent historic significance. From the ancient historic buildings, there are examples such as St Mary’s Parish Church on Harrow on the Hill which you would expect to be listed. From the more recent examples, there are buildings that you may be surprised to find listed however, buildings that were built for no special function, everyday houses when they were built, such as 1 and 2 Bridge Cottage in Stanmore.


This just goes to show, that regardless of what you are building, there is no such thing as an insignificant job. Even an everyday house can eventually carry a significant value and attraction to the local or national area. With that in mind, every building job deserves the best of your time, care, effort and attention. Whatever the job if you are building in Harrow, do the job justice, use the best tools for building and make every job a reflection of your life work.

If your planning some building work, make sure you get the best tools for building in Harrow, by giving us a visit at Hire-It Northolt.  Whatever the project and whatever the size, do it justice with our extensive range of building tools, power tools, plant hire and more. Our rates are competitive and our service is friendly and swift. 



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