Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Yeading Brook - North Harrow

Yeading Brook
The brook flows south west

Post to the north Pinner Park
Post to the west Harrow Garden Village

Canterbury Road
Built on the field called Hooken Green.  Houses built by Cutler in 1914 have four tiles grouped as a diamond as his logo.

Farm Avenue
The site on the corner of Imperial Drive has a large site which appears to be some sort of electrical sub station, but with elaborate street side buildings, large sheds inside the site and a pylon.  It appears to date from the late 1930s- mid 1940s, and the cable run which includes the pylon dates from
considerably before this.

Hooking Green
The original name for the area now known as North Harrow. The area however covered by this green appears to have been only fields – in this case called Lower Hungerlands

Imperial Close
80 St John Fisher.  Built in a Romanesque style. In 1935, as the population grew it was decided to form a new Roman Catholic parish in North Harrow. From 1937, masses were celebrated in the ballroom of the Headstone Hotel. The new church in Imperial Drive, not quite completed, was opened in 1939, just before the outbreak of war.  In 1964, at their Silver Jubilee, the priest announced that the church building was to be completed and a parish centre built. St. John is now the second largest Catholic parish in the area

Pinner Road
Tower built in brick with a clock at the end of a parade of shops
North Harrow Car Park.  In area between Cambridge and Pinner Roads
North Harrow Home Guard Club. Has a hall used by local community groups. In area between Cambridge and Pinner Roads
Three Wishes, Pub
Embassy Cinema. This was on the northwest side of Pinner Road at the corner of Station Road. It was opened in 1928, built for the Pinner Cinema Co. Ltd by Emden & Egan and architect T.C. Overstone. It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC) in 1936. It closed in 1963 and demolished, a bowling alley and Safeway supermarket were built there and was it replaced by a new supermarket and flats in 2008.
Hooking Green Bridge. The crossing over the Yeading Brook and related to a field called Hooken Green Close, and not to any village area. The field was in the area between Pinner Road, Durham and Canterbury Roads.

Station Road
North Harrow Assembly Halls. This was a sort of hut like building, it is now Shia Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex which is a Muslim youth community origination
Headstone Hotel, a popular social centre opposite North Harrow Station recently been replaced by an office block
North Harrow Station. Opened in 1915 it is on the London to Birmingham Line but this, as Children Railway and the fast Metropolitan Line do not stop here and use reserved tracks. The Metropolitan railway opened here originally in 1885 with the opening of their extension to Pinner. The station opened in 1914 and was rebuilt in 1930 to the designs of Charles Clark as part of the Metropolitan Railway's modernisation programme. The station is prone to flooding due to the nearness of the Yeading Brook. It is also said to be haunted. The top of an old railway bridge exists near the railway track

The Ridgeway
St Alban's Church. As population grew in the area in 1930 a new parish was formed and in in 1937a of St. Alban was opened. It was designed by A. W. Kenyon, and built with a reinforced concrete frame, yellow brick walls, and a north-east tower. There is a statue of St. Alban by J. C. Blair.  It was damaged in the Second World War

Woodlands Open Space
Woodlands Open Space is located in North Harrow with entrances from North Harrow Car Park and Cambridge Road. The park provides nearly 3 hectares of informal recreation space. This includes an open grass area and a conservation area of woodland and scrub.

Yeading Brook Open Space
Parkland along the length of the brook in this area

Sources
CAMRA. Real Beer in London,
Cinema Treasures. Web site
Field. London Place Names,
Middlesex Churches,
Pevsner and Cherry. London North West
Pinner Local History Society. Web site
Stevenson. Middlesex

3 comments:

OCP said...

Hi there--I can't seem to find an e-mail address on the site and would love to contact you about a project I'm working on.

What's the best way to get in touch?

thanks,
Oliver.

Steve Bird said...

Imperial Drive/Farm Avenue - yes, that is an electric substation.
The Three Wishes - hardly worthy of a mention on a historical website! It's a 1990s originally-Wetherspoons shop conversion.
Embassy Cinema site - although the ground floor of the present building was intended as a supermarket, it has remained empty until recently, and is now about to open as a gym! The plan for a supermarket was scuppered when Tesco opened an Express store along the road.
North Harrow Station - This was not the London & Birmingham line, and it never ran to Birmingham. It did go to Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. I'm not sure where the "old railway bridge" is - are you thinking of the one west of Rayners Lane station? The occasional flooding of the station entrance is nothing to do with the Yeading Brook - it's just that the road dips under the bridge.
The office block on the site of the Headstone Hotel is not that recent - late 1980s. It now houses the local police office.

This post seems rather sloppily written - not up to your usual standards!

M said...

steve - thanks again. Clearly not an area I know well - if at all - am struggling with leaving it there and going back to the safety of Woolwich.
Keep on with the corrections and I will keep on with the mistakes!

I thought the sub station looked amazing. Couldn't believe it wasn't more than that.

Oliver edithsanswers@aol.com should be there somewhere