EPW018755 ENGLAND (1927). Harrow-on-the-Hill Railway Station, Harrow, 1927

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Title [EPW018755] Harrow-on-the-Hill Railway Station, Harrow, 1927
Reference EPW018755
Date July-1927
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Place name HARROW
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 515437, 187982
Longitude / Latitude -0.33387523801296, 51.578390316675
National Grid Reference TQ154880

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Yes. 1937 OS Map labels as a Laundry

Robo
Thursday 18th of February 2021 02:24:48 PM
For many years this building, with its distinctive Dutch gables, was a prominent landmark in this part of Harrow. It incorporated the offices of Clarke & Co, the pre-eminent estate agents and auctioneers in Harrow. Inevitably, in recent years the building has been replaced by something rather brutal and revolting.

The Laird
Friday 11th of December 2020 06:54:53 PM
harrow post office now flats

tads
Saturday 29th of February 2020 03:04:22 PM
This was formerly a large villa called 'Lowlands', which was eventually incorporated into the Harrow County girls' school complex.

The Laird
Sunday 12th of January 2020 12:20:51 PM
When you walked through the alley between the Royal Oak and Adams and right into Springfield Road was Ma Parsons' old junk shop. It was eventually taken over by her son, Sid, who ran it as a musical instrument shop called Volume One. I think he relocated to a new shop nearby when they put through Greenhill Way. For a while, he had another shop in Peterborough Road (Volume Two).

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 04:05:18 PM
This parade of rather unusual single-storey shops (late Edwardian?) in Lowlands Road still exists. It includes some fancy glazed tiling and quite elaborate roofline detailing with a pair of decorative cupolas (one of which now seems to be partly missing). They were probably quite swish in their day but are now sadly quite run down. I expect that they will disappear one day soon.

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 03:32:56 PM
Chalet offices were once a common site on railway owned land. They provided an extra income stream for the railway companies and very often housed, as in this case, estate agents offices. Not only did they provide a rental income, but they were also involved in the promotion and suburban development of the surrounding area, which would provide the commuters and other passengers who would use the railway as fare-paying passengers. This particular office was once the local office of T D & A R PEACEY.

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 02:41:01 PM
This was a branch of the London based coal merchant's, Brentnall & Cleland. This and the adjoining premises were probably swept away during the rebuilding of Harrow-on-the-Hill station. Brentnall & Cleland were finally wound up in 1977, no doubt another casualty of the massive reduction in the domestic use of solid fuel.

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 02:02:15 PM
Before Harrow-on-the-Hill station was rebuilt, it was the Lowlands Road side that constituted the main entrance. This was perhaps because it was the entrance used by the boys and masters of Harrow School and their families. The College Road side was very much the secondary entrance even though it led to the busier town centre. Even the name of the station was somewhat misplaced, as 'the Hill' is some distance away. The location of the station is more accurately in Greenhill.

The Laird
Tuesday 27th of March 2018 10:05:58 PM
This area is the boating lake. I remember falling in there as a kid and walking all the way to Elmgrove, dripping wet! Mind you, it was only about 12 inches deep.

Sweet Pete
Thursday 1st of March 2018 11:24:18 AM
Lifebuoy Soap advertisement on a screen in front of what appears to be he entrance to a platform toilet.. There are corresponding toilet blocks on the adjacent platforms.

The Laird
Tuesday 10th of January 2017 11:10:28 PM
These retail units were built on railway land and were rented out by the Met Railway (later LT). They certainly existed until the 1980s, when they were swept away to make way for the bus station.

The Laird
Saturday 2nd of July 2016 05:10:04 PM
Heathfield School (a private school for girls)

The Laird
Monday 27th of April 2015 04:37:32 PM
College Road Baptist Church

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 07:19:15 PM
Netball pitch of Harrow County Girls' School

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 04:23:31 PM
The retail units on the Peterborough Road bridge not yet been built. This was probably achieved in 1932 when the bridge would have been rebuilt to accommodate the quadrupling of the Met Railway lines from Wembley to Harrow.

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 04:20:12 PM
Former coaling stage. Until 1925, Harrow-on-the-Hill was the changeover point from electric to steam locomotives. This coaling stage was use to resupply the steam locomotives. At the time of the photograph it would have already been redundant as the locomotive changeover point had moved to Rickmansworth. The coaling siding would have disappeared altogether when the Met line was quadrupled in 1932.

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 04:19:52 PM
The Met had quadrupled up-to but not including Harrow. The track layout is the same in 1935. The Met also continued loco change overs with several occurring at Harrow in a day. (1933 WTT)

Josh
Monday 4th of December 2017 05:44:26 PM
Springfield road

jackpot
Monday 12th of May 2014 05:51:24 PM
Was this a laundry?

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:38:08 AM
Yes indeed, it was the Greenhill Laundry which was actually in St Ann's Road.

Sweet Pete
Thursday 26th of February 2015 03:14:50 PM
Coliseum theatre

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:24:49 AM
Somertons (?) ladies fashion shop

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:23:42 AM
It certainly is Somertons and it was Harrow's first department store, it pre-dates Sopers.

Sweet Pete
Saturday 31st of January 2015 03:55:59 PM
Adams (?) furniture shop

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:22:34 AM
Yes, quite Correct this is Adams Furniture Store.

Sweet Pete
Thursday 26th of February 2015 03:21:23 PM
Originally an early Harrow picture house (The Empire)

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 07:23:48 PM

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:21:37 AM
I remember a time during the '70s when this pub had been renamed 'The Gateway'. It eventually reverted to its former name. Opposite it in St Anns Road was a a rather plain 1960s vintage, glass-fronted building, which housed offices of S S White, a dental equipment manufacturer and supplier.

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 03:53:11 PM
Sopers hoarding

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:17:11 AM

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:16:26 AM
Lowlands Recreation Ground

Gez
Thursday 9th of January 2014 09:12:55 PM
A few years ago, Harrow Council spent an inordinate amount of time (and money) remodelling this small park. The end result is quite rough and ready and you do wonder what they have achieved.

The Laird
Tuesday 27th of March 2018 09:52:43 PM
Harrow on the Hill Stn.

JamesMac
Friday 23rd of August 2013 01:38:16 AM

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:06:20 PM

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:05:40 PM
Looks like it. Electrified line, too. There appears to be a coal merchants in the station approach road. With other shops/offices alongside. The proximity of the water tower suggests that this might also have been the loco changeover siding for the down side when Harrow was the loco changeover point from electric to steam on the main line north until 1925.



My guess is that none of the office huts survived survived the rebuilding of Harrow Met station. However, the nearby electricity sub-station building survives.

The Laird
Friday 3rd of April 2015 04:40:13 PM
Possible generating station for electrified tracks

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:04:59 PM
Not quite. This is an electrical sub-station building. The equipment within is used to convert the alternating current received from the Metropolitan Railway's own power station at Neasden to the direct current required for the traction supply. The building still exists as a sub-station, although now receiving its supply from the grid.

The Laird
Tuesday 17th of September 2013 02:18:09 PM

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:02:08 PM
Double-decker bus with open top deck

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:01:09 PM
Probably an AEC K-type, which was the last of the open-topped buses designed for the London General Omnibus Company along horse bus lines. One of the reasons that the design of buses in London remained so conservative and old-fashioned (even for the time) is that designs had then to be approved by the London Carriage Office (then a regulatory department of the Metropolitan Police) who had some pretty arcane and ancient ideas about what was or was not permissible.



The K-Type was produced from 1919 and 1926. They had a relatively short working life and were replaced by the more advanced AEC Regent ST-type enclosed body double decker from about 1930 onwards.

The Laird
Saturday 17th of November 2018 03:13:17 PM
Metropolitan line train - I think

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 11:00:17 PM
The entry below by PuffPuffBuff suggests that the train is T Stock. I don't think so. It has a clerestory roof, so is more likely to be the much older 1904/05 saloon stock which was built for the Metropolitan Railway electrification and was used on the then newly built Uxbridge branch. It appears to be in a three car configuration.



The third unit does not appear to have a clerestory roof, but it was common practice at about this time to run trains of mixed (compatible) stock. The third unit is probably 1913 or 1921 stock.



A single trailer unit of 1904/05 stock still exists at the Acton Depot of the London Transport Museum, where it is awaiting restoration.



The Laird
Thursday 28th of August 2014 03:22:07 PM
Definitely not T-Stock! As said a mix of 1904 Motors and trailers.. An off peak operation. Are they still semaphores on the City side of the road bridge?

Josh
Friday 5th of May 2017 07:53:58 PM

MB
Wednesday 26th of June 2013 10:58:13 PM
Now Lowlands College, formerly Harrow County School For Girls

DLJ
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 11:57:41 PM

User Comment Contributions

All tracks with additional electrified rails

MB
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:35:41 AM
But notice only four through tracks. There are now six with the extras located on the outer faces of the north and south platforms. The station was rebuilt with a new overbridge booking hall starting in the late thirties but not finished until 1948.

czyrko
Sunday 27th of April 2014 08:35:41 AM
Harrow-on-the-Hill Station looking West. Just visible at the bottom of the picture is a 'Metropolitan Railway' Train, possibly 'T' Stock, passing under the road bridge.

Puffpuffbuff
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 09:31:51 AM