Headstone, London

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Harrow, Headstone Manor Recreation Ground - geograph.org.uk - 77014.jpg
Headstone Manor Recreation Ground in autumn
Harrow Weald, Courtenay Avenue - geograph.org.uk - 77029.jpg
Courtenay Avenue
Average housing stock in Headstone
Harrow Weald Common is in the background
Headstone is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population21,228 (2011 Census. Headstone North and South Wards)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ138907
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHARROW
Postcode districtHA2, HA3
Dialling code020
London Assembly
List of places
51°36′05″N 0°21′48″W / 51.6013°N 0.36324°W / 51.6013; -0.36324Coordinates: 51°36′05″N 0°21′48″W / 51.6013°N 0.36324°W / 51.6013; -0.36324

Headstone is a residential area north-west of Harrow, London, and immediately north of North Harrow.[n 1] A green buffer exists between Headstone and North Harrow that consists of a moated manor site (Headstone Manor) and football and rugby pitches, making the area mostly separate from North Harrow. However, there are some points of flux and overlap. To the west the area abuts the large and predominantly agricultural pasture of Pinner Park.


Headstone Manor is fourteenth century with many later additions and renovations: it is a significant place of interest in its own right. The manor had an unrivalled status, see manorialism until after the Reformation and formation of the British Empire and to an extent, usually for such a site, relatively close to London, even until the Enlightenment which sparked the Industrial Revolution. This has led to the barns having remained largely intact to the present.[2]

The origin of the place name may be related to that of Wealdstone, which is a neighbouring area situated directly north of Harrow being the residential part north of its midpoint train station, Harrow & Wealdstone – this area acts as a second tier commercial hub for the area, the main hub being the Harrow shopping precincts and centres closer to Harrow-on-the-Hill station just 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of Harrow & Wealdstone.


LCC Cottage estates 1918–1939
Estate name Area No of dwellings Population 1938 Population density
Norbury 11 218 867 19.8 per acre (49/ha)
Old Oak 32 736 3519 23 per acre (57/ha)
Totterdown Fields 39 1262 32.4 per acre (80/ha)
Tower Gardens
White Hart Lane
98 783 5936 8 per acre (20/ha)
Becontree 2770 25769[a] 115652 9.3 per acre (23/ha)
Bellingham 252 2673 12004 10.6 per acre (26/ha)
Castelnau 51 644 2851 12.6 per acre (31/ha)
Dover House Estate
Roehampton Estate
147 1212 5383 8.2 per acre (20/ha)
Downham 600 7096 30032 11.8 per acre (29/ha)
Mottingham 202 2337 9009 11.6 per acre (29/ha)
St Helier 825 9068 39877 11 per acre (27/ha)
Watling 386 4034 19110 10.5 per acre (26/ha)
Wormholt 68 783 4078 11.5 per acre (28/ha)
Chingford[b] 217 1540 7.1 per acre (18/ha)
Hanwell (Ealing) 140 1587 6732 11.3 per acre (28/ha)
Headstone Lane 142 n.a 5000
Kenmore Park 58 654 2078 11.3 per acre (28/ha)
(Royal Borough of Greenwich)
21 380 1598 18.1 per acre (45/ha)
Whitefoot Lane (Downham) 49 n.a n.a.
  1. ^ Source says 2589 – transcription error
  2. ^ Part of a larger PRC estate around Huntsman Road


  • Yelling, J.A. (1995). "Banishing London's slums: The interwar cottage estates" (PDF). Transactions. London and Middlesex Archeological Society. 46: 167–173. Retrieved 19 December 2016. Quotes: Rubinstein, 1991, Just like the country.

There is a large LCC cottage estate built on 153 acres (62 ha) south of the Uxbridge road housing 5,000 people.

Headstone South is predominantly made up of 1930s semi-detached housing.[3]


St George's Church, Headstone

Harrow Weald Common adjoins the northern border of the area, open for walking and mountain biking equally, this is on the northern boundary of Harrow Weald (marked by Uxbridge Road). On this common which rises steeply in the north to climb the hill of Weald Wood, towards the southwestern, Headstone, side is the Bannister Sports Centre, an athletics track and training ground.

Pinner Park features a miniature railway and a cricket ground with pavilion.

St George's Anglican parish church, serving the area, was built by John Samuel Alder and consecrated in 1911.


Buses on Headstone Lane

The area benefits from frequent bus services towards the more commercialised Harrow, to Hatch End very close to the north, to Pinner south-westwards and Stanmore, north-eastwards.

Headstone Lane railway station has three trains per hour in both directions. The station is on the line between Watford Junction and London Euston, providing a fast but stopping service to these destinations and a therefore less convenient service without changing once for destinations of Aylesbury and Milton Keynes; it marks the heart of the neighbourhood, parts of which around the manor recreation grounds merge seamlessly with the area to the south, North Harrow.


  1. ^ North Harrow, like many London suburbs such as East Dulwich, is to the geographer a misnomer; however is north-west of the older Harrow-on-the-Hill and named after its station, which required a name; from Harrow-on-the-Hill there is a particularly straight road called The Ridgeway. It is thus centred west-northwest of Harrow.


  1. ^ Combined population for the 2 Headstone Wards. 2011
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1005558)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2012. Headstone Manor – older, scheduled ancient monument listing in respect of its moated site. Two barns also have listed status – as has the building listed at Grade I – Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1285855)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)