Wealdstone

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Coordinates: 51°35′36″N 0°20′00″W / 51.5934°N 0.3333°W / 51.5934; -0.3333

Wealdstone
Wealdstone is located in Greater London
Wealdstone
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 Wealdstone shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ155895
London borough Harrow
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HARROW
Postcode district HA3
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
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Wealdstone is a largely working-class and recent immigrant district[1] in the London Borough of Harrow, north west London.

History and name[edit]

The eponymous Weald Stone is a sarsen stone, formerly marking the boundary between the parishes of Harrow and Harrow Weald. It is located outside the Weald Stone Inn (formerly the Red Lion), off High Road, Harrow Weald 51°36′16″N 0°20′23″W / 51.6045°N 0.3396°W / 51.6045; -0.3396 (Weald Stone).[2]

Sport[edit]

The Harrow Leisure Centre [1] is located in Wealdstone and facilities include swimming, badminton, snooker, martial arts and a gym run by Harper's Fitness. One of the country's oldest remaining skate parks, Harrow Skate Park, is next to the leisure centre. The park is a major centre of the British skateboarding scene and draws visitors from all over the country.

Wealdstone FC have a long association with the town. Their original ground, known as Lower Mead, was located behind the ABC Cinema (now the Safari Cinema) on Station Road, prior to its controversial sale to Tesco for retail development. After many years of homelessness Wealdstone FC is now based nearby in Ruislip, having finally abandoned plans to relocate within Harrow at Prince Edward Fields, Canons Park.

Crime[edit]

Wealdstone has the highest crime rates in the borough. The town suffers from high anti social behavior and drug crime, It has been dubbed an “open market for drugs” by the head of the Wealdstone Antisocial Behaviour Partnership (WASP) started by the Metropolitan police to tackle crime in the town in 2010. [3]

Transport[edit]

Tube/Trains[edit]

Stations in the area are:

Bus routes[edit]

London Buses serving Wealdstone are:

Route Start End Operator
140 Harrow Weald Heathrow Airport Metroline
182 Harrow Weald Oxhey Lane Brent Cross Shopping Centre Metroline
186 Northwick Park Hospital Brent Cross Shopping Centre Metroline
258 Watford Junction South Harrow Arriva Shires & Essex
340 Edgware Harrow Arriva Shires & Essex
640 South Harrow Harrow Weald Arriva Shires & Essex
H9/H10 Circular Harrow H9: clockwise Harrow H10: anticlockwise London Sovereign
N18 Harrow Weald Trafalgar Square Metroline

Nearest places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sangatcentre.org/about_sangat.html
  2. ^ T F T Baker, J S Cockburn, R B Pugh (eds.) (1971). "Harrow, including Pinner: Introduction". A History of the County of Middlesex: volume 4. Victoria County History. pp. 169–172. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/8205307.New_police_team_to_tackle_problems_of_Wealdstone/

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