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The Brooding Hill
This Autumn’s title list from MJL Digital Publications includes this fascinating walk around one of London’s highest hills.
Once a thriving town on the edge of nineteenth century London, Harrow on the Hill had a High Street full of shops and a centre where the Borough was administered, with Council offices and a Fire Station. The famous school clustered around St Mary’s parish church, dating back to Saxon times and the hill was surrounded by farms and small villages.
As London reached out along the Metropolitan Railway, so beloved of the poet John Betjman, the hill lost its primacy and the Borough shifted downhill leaving the hill to the School and a changing population. Shops, pubs, offices and services gave way to restaurants, cafes and a fading gentility.
Today you can follow this illustrated walk and see where Lord Byron composed his first poetry and Winston Churchill survived his school days. There are relics of its former glory all around and surprises on every street from the ‘lost’ magistrates court - the Pye House - to the site of the first motor car accident in Britain.
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HARROW is first recorded in 767, when King Offa made a grant of land, its name then was Gumeninga Hergae, but the Normans called it Harwo. The parish church of St Mary was consecrated in 1094 and still dominates the skyline today.
Harrow school has produced many famous and infamous men. Lord Byron was a pupil. One of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb famously described him as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, another pupil, became a noted supporter of good causes, especially children’s welfare and workers’ conditions.
Young Winston Churchill learned his oratorical skills here and went on to become Britain’s most famous leader. The Museum of School Life shows how he lived here.
‘The Coral Island’ by R M Ballantyne is an idyllic boys adventure which has never been out of print since it was published in 1856. He lived in this village and is commemorated by an English heritage blue plaque.
Harrow on the Hill was once the centre for Local Government. It has many beautiful old buildings, including Harrow school and some good restaurants and pubs. It is still a beautiful London village thanks to the school and the local conservation society. A short distance from London’s bustle and you can walk through the history of England.
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