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]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

History

Pinner was originally a Hamlet (place), first recorded in 1231 as ''Pinnora'',Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.11 although the already archaic ''-ora'' (meaning 'hill') suggests its origins lie no later than ''c.''900.Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.1 The name ''Pinn'' is shared with the River Pinn, which runs through the village.

The area was in the Counties of the United Kingdom of Middlesex until 1965, when it was absorbed by the London Government Act 1963 into Greater London.

The oldest part of the village lies around the fourteenth-century parish church of St John the Baptist,Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.34. The church was originally a chapel of ease to St Mary's Church in Harrow, and was first mentioned in 1234. It was rebuilt in the early fourteenth-century, and rededicated in 1321. The parish became independent of St Mary's in 1766, when the first perpetual curate was appointed; not until the Wilberforce Act of 1868 did it appoint its first vicar, one William Hind. at the junction of the present day Grange Gardens, The High Street and Church Lane. The earliest surviving private dwelling, East End Farm Cottage, dates from the late fifteenth-century.Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.18

The village expanded rapidly between 1923 and 1939 when a series of garden estates – encouraged by the Metropolitan Railway – grew around its historic core,Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', pp.176–184 and it was largely from this time onwards that the area (including Hatch End, which forms the northeastern part of Pinner) assumed much of its present-day suburban character. The area is now continuous with neighbouring suburban districts including Rayners Lane and Eastcote.

Pinner contains a large number of homes built in the 1930s Art Deco style, the most grand of which is the Grade II listed Elm Park Court at the junction of West End Lane and Elm Park Road. Pinner has had an annual street fair since 1336, when it was granted by Royal Charter by Edward III of England;Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.25 it remains popular today.

The majority of the older houses in Pinner were built by the Ellement family who were the local company of builders and joiners, with a road in Pinner still named after that family. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Governance

Harrow Council has been governed by the Conservative Party (UK) since 2006. Pinner has three Wards of the United Kingdom: Pinner, Pinner South and Hatch End, each represented by three councillors.

Pinner is in the Brent and Harrow (London Assembly constituency) constituency for the London Assembly which has been represented since 2008 by Navin Shah (Labour Party (UK)). Since the United Kingdom general election, 2010, Pinner has been part of the new Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (UK Parliament constituency) parliamentary constituency represented by Nick Hurd (Conservative Party (UK)).[http://www.statistics.gov.uk%2Fpbc%2Freview_areas%2FNorth_London_Boroughs%2Fdownloads%2FNorth_London_NR_FR.doc www.statistics.gov.uk]. Retrieved 14 August 2008.

Pinner is part of the London (European Parliament constituency) European Parliament constituency which elects nine MEPs by proportional representation – currently three Conservative Party (UK), three Labour Party (UK), one Liberal Democrats (UK), one Green Party of England and Wales and one United Kingdom Independence Party member.[http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/search.do?country=GB&zone=London&language=EN European Parliament official site]. Retrieved 14 August 2008. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Transport

Tube/Trains
Pinner tube station, which is on the Metropolitan line in zone 5.

Buses
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Geography

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}} ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Demography

Pinner is considered to be the wealthy side of the London Borough of Harrow, with wide tree-lined streets, large houses and flat conversions in attractive Edwardian buildings. Pinner also boasts the lowest crime rate of the whole of London, and the single-sex schools have a prestigious reputation, making it a popular area for affluent families.

Being located in the London Borough of Harrow, Pinner is both a religiously and culturally diverse area, although it has the highest concentration of White British people in the borough. A local synagogue and various churches serve the religious needs of the local community. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Sport and leisure

Pinner has a rugby union team, Pinner and Grammarians RFC, a member club of the Rugby Football Union it is the most junior team to have supplied a President to the RFU. It also has a Cricket team, the Pinnerican Gujarati gladiators.Pinner also has a youth football club, Pinner United FC – www.pinnerunitedfc.com. In addition to numerous restaurants and a number of public houses, Pinner also has a thriving amateur theatre group, Pinner Players, who have been performing in the area since 1936 and currently stage productions at Pinner Village Hall off Chapel Lane. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Notable people

Horatia Nelson, illegitimate daughter of Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, lived in Pinner from 1860 until her death in 1881; distinguished pilot Brian Lane (pilot) (1917–1942) grew up in the town; astronomer Sir Patrick Moore was born here in 1923;[http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A13785816 www.bbc.co.uk]. Retrieved 13 August 2008. Official Monster Raving Loony Party leader Screaming Lord Sutch, who lived in nearby South Harrow, is buried in Pinner New Cemetery.[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/380082.stm www.bbc.co.uk]. Retrieved 13 August 2008.

A number of literary figures have an association with Pinner. The Poet Laureate Henry James Pye retired to East End House at the end of his career in 1811, the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton wrote ''Eugene Aram'' at Pinner Wood House in 1832,[http://www.pinnerlhs.org.uk/map-site/people.html Pinner Local History Society]. Retrieved 13 August 2008. and Mrs Beeton lived on the Woodridings estate between 1856 and 1862, during which ''Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management'' was published.Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.155 The novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett was born in the village in 1884,[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/130377/Dame-Ivy-Compton-Burnett Britannica Online Encyclopedia]. Retrieved 12 August 2008. and the playwright W. S. Gilbert, though he did not live in Pinner, was a magistrate there from 1893 onwards.[http://www.cris.com/~oakapple/gasdisc/mdpemberton-wsg.htm Views of W. S. Gilbert]. Retrieved 12 August 2008. Another Victorian food writer, Agnes Marshall, whom most credit with the invention of edible ice cream cones, had a country home there and died there in 1905. Twentieth-century figures include the cartoonist Heath Robinson, who lived in Moss Lane between 1913 and 1918Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', p.192 (and now has a museum dedicated to him at West House in Pinner Memorial Park), and the former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, who writes children's books such as ''We're Going on a Bear Hunt'', lived in Pinner from the time he was born in 1946, until 1962.[http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/about.html Michael Rosen: The Website]

Figures in the world of entertainment associated with Pinner include the following: Sir Elton John, who was born and grew up here;[http://www.eltonjohn.com/about/bio.jsp Elton John official website]. Retrieved 12 August 2008. composer Leslie Bricusse, best known for his partnership with Anthony Newley, was born in Pinner; songwriter Tony Hatch, composer of the Petula Clark hit "Downtown (Petula Clark song)" and the ''Theme to Neighbours'' theme, was born here; Bruce Welch, guitarist in The Shadows, lived in Pinner while courting Olivia Newton-John; singer Charlie Dore was born here; and Simon LeBon, vocalist of '80s pop-group Duran Duran, grew up locally and attended the Pinner County Grammar School.[http://www.yuddy.com/celebrity/simon-le-bon/bio www.yuddy.com]. Retrieved 12 August 2008.

Actor David Suchet and comedian Ronnie Barker were both one-time owners of 17th century Elmdene in Church Lane;[http://www.pjbartlett.co.uk/Pinner%20History.htm Pinner Local History]. Retrieved 12 August 2008 actress Jane March grew up here before moving to the United States;[http://www.tv.com/jane-march/person/37085/biography.html www.tv.com]. Retrieved 13 August 2008. actress Molly Weir, best remembered for her role as the long-running character Hazel the McWitch in the BBC TV series Rentaghost, lived in Pinner until her death in 2004;.[http://www.scottish-places.info/people/famousfirst825.html The Gazetteer for Scotland]. Retrieved 7 August 2008. Comedy writer and TV funny man, Barry Cryer lives here[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-1221442/Hatch-End-perfect-showbiz-parties-says-Barry-Cryer.html Daily Mail feature on Barry Cryer living in Hatch End] as did broadcaster Bob Holness, host of quiz-show ''Blockbusters (UK game show)''.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/kent/content/articles/2007/02/26/bob_holness_feature.shtml BBC Kent: Profile of Bob Holness]. Retrieved 13 August 2008.

Others: Politician the late Sir Rhodes Boyson lived in Pinner; Iraq hostage Norman Kember is a longtime resident of the town;[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/no-word-on-fate-of-iraq-peace-hostages-519089.html 'No word on fate of Iraq peace hostages'], ''The Independent'', 12 December 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2005. Derek Bell (racing driver), motor racing driver, was born in Pinner; documentary film-maker Jo Durden-Smith was born here in 1941;[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/jo-durdensmith-451751.html Obituary of Jo Durden-Smith], ''The Independent'', 5 June 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2008. pop-musician Kate Nash and ''The Sun (United Kingdom)'' journalist Chris Roycroft-Davis are residents.

On 11 September 2013 Pinner resident Daniel Finkelstein was made a life peer as Baron Finkelstein, of Pinner in the County of Middlesex. [http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/f/27389/Daniel%20Finkelstein+FINKELSTEIN.aspx The Lord Finkelstein, OBE], ''Debrett's''. Retrieved 14 November 2013. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Filmography

The BBC sitcom ''May to December'' was set in Pinner, and its exterior shots were videotaped in the High Street. During the 1990s the children's TV series of Aquila was filmed in and around Pinner, particularly at the local Cannon Lane School. ''Chucklevision'', the Children's TV series based on the Chuckle Brothers also filmed in Pinner. The film ''Nowhere Boy'' had a number of scenes filmed in Pinner, including outside the Queens Head Pub, Pinner High street, and on Woodhall Gate, which stood in for John Lennon's childhood home. Pinner has also been the setting for the BBC sitcom ''My Hero (UK TV series)'' and the Channel 4 sitcom ''The Inbetweeners''. ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

See also

*Pinner House ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

Notes

]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

References

*Patricia A. Clarke, ''A History of Pinner'', Phillimore, 2004 ISBN 1-86077-287-0 ]] Pinner is an area of the London Borough of Harrow in Northwest London, 12.2 miles north west of Charing Cross.

External links

* [http://www.pinnerlhs.org.uk/ Pinner Local History Society]
* [http://www.pinnerassociation.co.uk/ The Pinner Association ]
* [http://www.pinnerrotary.org.uk/ The Rotary Club of Pinner ]
* [http://www.pinnerrugby.com/ Pinner and Grammerians Rugby Club ]
* [http://flickr.com/groups/pinner/ Pinner on Flickr]
* [http://pinnerterest.co.uk/ Pinnerterest]
* [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329308/53m-Chinese-vase-kept-wobbly-bookcase-insured-just-800.html 53 million pound Chinese vase]
* [http://pinner-blogger.blogspot.co.uk/ Pinner Blogger an individual's view of the village ]




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