Place:Harrow, Middlesex, England

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NameHarrow
Alt namesHarrow on the Hillsource: Vision of Britain
TypeParish, Urban district, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.574°N 0.337°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoHarrow (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough which it became in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Harrow, also known as Harrow-on-the-Hill, is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. It was a large parish, containing several other villages besides the town of Harrow-on-the-Hill itself. Gradually these other villages became parishes themselves. Pinner broke away first, becoming a parish by 1766, whilst Wembley, Wealdstone and Harrow Weald all became independent of Harrow in 1894. At the same time, the much reduced parish of Harrow was made into Harrow-on-the-Hill Urban District.

In 1934 Harrow-on-the-Hill Urban District was enlarged and became, by the Middlesex Review Order 1934, Harrow Urban District. This included the following municipalities:

The two parishes of Stanmore and Little Stanmore were absorbed into the parish of Harrow itself. (These two places ceased to exist as parishes in 1934, but can still be identified as areas or neighbourhoods.)

Harrow became a Municipal Borough in 1954. In 1965 Harrow Municipal Borough was abolished and the area came under the administration of London Borough of Harrow in Greater London.

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Harrow is centred 10.5 miles (16.9 km) northwest of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured). Harrow-on-the-Hill includes the conservation area with a high proportion of listed buildings with a residential and institutional array of georgian architecture and a few 17th century examples. Harrow School, the boys' independent school established 1572, is located on the edge of the village of Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
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