Wealdstone

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Wealdstone
Wealdstone is located in Greater London
Wealdstone
Wealdstone
Wealdstone shown within Greater London
Population11,394 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ155895
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHARROW
Postcode districtHA3
Dialling code020
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
EU ParliamentLondon
London Assembly
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51°35′45″N 0°20′07″W / 51.595697°N 0.335190°W / 51.595697; -0.335190Coordinates: 51°35′45″N 0°20′07″W / 51.595697°N 0.335190°W / 51.595697; -0.335190

Wealdstone is an area of the London Borough of Harrow, north west London. It is located north of Harrow, south of Harrow Weald, west of Belmont and east of Headstone.

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 Bombay Central restaurant,[2] which was a former public house (previously known as the Weald Stone Inn and prior to that, the Red Lion), outside 328 High Road, Harrow Weald.[3]

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. Famous former players include Stuart Pearce and Vinnie Jones.

Demography[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group in Wealdstone ward is White British (25%), followed by 20% Indian and 13% Other Asian.[4] Marlborough ward (which covers southern parts of Wealdstone) was 24% Indian, 23% White British, 11% Other Asian and 10% Other White.[5]

Crime[edit]

Wealdstone did have the highest crime rate in the borough. The town suffered from anti social behavior and drug crime, higher than the borough's average. However, a Wealdstone Antisocial Behaviour Partnership (WASP) started by the Metropolitan police to tackle crime in the town in 2010 has seen impressive results with crime now below average in the borough. Wealdstone was one of only four Harrow wards to show a fall in reported Crime from April 2015 - Mar 2016.[6]

Wealdstone Urban District[edit]

Created under the Local Government Act 1894 in 1894, and absorbed by Harrow Urban District in 1934.

Transport[edit]

Tube/Trains[edit]

There is one station in the district:

Bus routes[edit]

Seven London Buses routes run during day, as well as a school bus (640). There are two night routes serving Wealdstone: 140 and N18.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harrow Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Agenda item - Application for a new premises licence in respect of Mumbai Central, 328 High Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 6HS". 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ http://www.ukcensusdata.com/wealdstone-e05000304
  5. ^ http://www.ukcensusdata.com/marlborough-e05000296
  6. ^ http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/8205307.New_police_team_to_tackle_problems_of_Wealdstone/

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