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About Pinner

A Short History

Pinner is today one of the most attractive suburbs of Greater London, situated on the fringes of rural Middlesex, a separate postal district to its former parish town of Harrow to the south east. It features wide, quiet tree-lined avenues which are serenely calm at night, and even three farms – Pinner Wood Farm, Oxhey Lane Farm and Halls Farm. Residents come to Pinner because of its prestigious schools, its commuting time to London and its pastoral setting.

The historic Pinner High Street with a fourteenth century church at the top of the hill It is unknown as to the exact date when Pinner was created, although it was in existence in 1231, when it formed the name of a local gentleman, ‘Godfrey of Pinner’ [1]. At this time, only two main roads crossed through Pinner - the Uxbridge Road, running south-west to north-east, which ultimately made the connection to the Roman road Watling Street, (now the Edgware Road), and Pinner Road, running south-east towards Harrow. An important event was the granting of a charter for a fair to be held every year in 1336 by King Henry III, and Pinner Fair still survives to this day. In Medieval times 117 families lived in Pinner [2], and by the 16th century Pinner had become an important agricultural centre.

During the 19th century the population grew, and a turnpike was constructed at one end of the Uxbridge Road. The resulting funds were used to improve the road’s surface and allowed a speedier access to the town. The railway also had a large effect on the population of Pinner, and after the opening of the Metropolitan line station in 1885, the owners of large houses in spacious grounds began to sell off some of their land for development, and new roads such as Cecil Park came into being. During the 20th century new shopping parades began to appear, such as Bridge Street and Hatch End, and places of worship also took form for all denominations, including catholic churches and a synagogue.

High View - a shady, tree-lined road Today a tourist can arrive in Pinner for a two-week stay and eat out at a different restaurant every evening. Walking around the town via its many footpaths is the best possible method of becoming acquainted with it. The town features many spots that feel as if they’re further from the capital than they actually are, and the settlement is both a rural village and an easy-to-reach neighbourhood, making it ideal for an afternoon’s walking excursion.

[1] Clarke P. (1994) Pinner: A Pictoral History

[2] Pinner Association (1999) Ten Walks Around Pinner