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Harrow Museum & Heritage Centre

Headstone Manor
Pinner View

Discover Harrow's historic past at Harrow Museum! Entry is free, and with a number of temporary exhibitions and special events throughout the year, there is always something new to see or do. We also have permanent displays about the history of local industries, and an exhibition detailing the significance of this intriguing historical site.

The four remarkable buildings which make up Harrow Museum are all located in the beautiful grounds of Headstone Manor, records of which date back to 825AD. All the buildings are listed by English Heritage, and the site as a whole is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Headstone Manor was owned by the Archbishiops of Canterbury as a country residence, and is Grade 1 listed, the earliest parts dating from the 14th century. A particular feature is the timber-framed, aisled hall. Additions were made from the 17th century onwards. The ancient parts have survived remarkably well, and were extensively restored in 2005.

Other buildings on the site include the Granary, the Tithe Barn, the Moat and the Small Barn.

The Granary, which is Grade II listed, was restored and reconstructed at the Museum in 1991. The Granary has a permanent display of agricultural and domestic equipment and artefacts from local industries.

The Tithe Barn is a Grade ll listed building. In 1506 the cost of making the barn came to £20. The grand total for putting it up came to £44 11s 8d or approximately £20,515 in today's money. Extensively restored in the 1970s, the true magnificence of the timber framed structure is revealed inside.

The Moat is the only water-filled moat in Middlesex; it was a status symbol for the owners and is contemporary with the Manor House.

The Small Barn is Grade ll listed, with an information display and scale models that explain the Headstone Manor site. Built in the 16th & 17th centuries the Small Barn was used for stabling and storage until 1928. It was restored in 1995.

The Museum hosts a regularly changing temporary exhibition programme as well as permanent displays in the barns. Collections focus on local history and industry. Headstone Manor entry is by tour only, on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm between April and October, no need to book. Tours cost £3 per person. Entry to Harrow Museum and its exhibitions is free!
General Information:

Schools Programme - Eight sessions offered at KS1 and KS2
Information boards about the buildings
Changing programme of exhibitions
Wheelchair access in all barns apart from first floor of The Granary
Disabled toilet facilities
Guide dogs welcome
Free car parking and disabled parking

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From Central London:
Harrow Museum is located at the end of Pinner View in Harrow (HA2 6PX) It is in Zone 5.

By Train:
From Euston catch the fast 'Tring' train - there are about two per hour, normally from platform 8 or 9. You will need to alight at the first stop, which is Harrow and Wealdstone. The train journey takes approximately 12 minutes.

Walking from Harrow and Wealdstone:
Unfortunately signposting in Harrow isn't great. Leave Harrow and Wealdstone Station on the 'Harrow' (platform 1) side, and exit the car park to the right and follow the path round which leads to Princes Drive. Turn right onto Princes Drive and walk straight down - you will see the Crown Court at the end. Turn left onto Headstone Drive (the main road), and walk straight down, over the crossroads with traffic lights, all the way to Pinner View. (When walking along Headstone Drive you will pass the Crown Court on your right, as well as the Kodak Factory. After the crossroads the road is renamed Headstone Gardens) When you get to Pinner View you will see the Museum signposted. Walk down Pinner View until you get to Harrow Museum. The walk from Harrow and Wealdstone Station takes about 15-20 minutes.

By Bus:
Alternatively, if you would prefer to get a bus from Harrow and Wealdstone Station, exit the 'Wealdstone' (platform 6) side of the station. The stop for the H9 bus is just outside. It takes three stops to get to the museum - you will need to alight at the stop after the crossroads. Tell the driver you need to get off at Pinner View / Harrow Museum. The bus should only take a few minutes. However, please take into account that the buses come every 15 minutes or so, and are not always regular!

By Taxi:
The local taxi firm is 'Classic Cars' on 020 8423 8000. You will need to make it clear which exit of the train station you will be at.

By Tube:
Harrow and Wealdstone is on the Bakerloo Line - please follow the directions above.

North Harrow is the closest station on the Metropolitan Line (Watford Branch). From the station, turn left. You will reach cross roads with traffic lights - you need to head straight over. Following the path ahead, you will pass a petrol station on the left as well as roads to residential streets. After about 10-15 minutes you will see Pinner View - turn left and follow the path all the way down to the museum.

Alternatively, Harrow-on-the-Hill is also on the Metropolitan Line. Alight at the station, and turn left where you will see the bus station. You will need to get the H14 bus, which leaves approximately every 12 minutes. Ask to get off at the stop closest to the Kodak Factory / Zoom leisure centre, just after the crossroads (Headstone Gardens and Harrow View crossroads). The bus journey will take about 5 minutes.
After getting off the bus, you will need to walk down Victor Road to the very end. Then turn right onto Pinner View where the museum will be signposted. The walk from the bus stop will take less then 5 minutes.

By Car:
By car you need to approach the museum from the road called Headstone Gardens / Parkside Way. Turn on to Pinner View (by brown and white heritage sign) and follow it down for approximately 300 metres. You will see a car park on the right. The car park is free. Please do not park on the museum site itself.
The office phone number is 020 8863 6720, and the Tithe Barn phone number is 020 8861 2626. During opening hours someone will be able to direct you to the museum. Please call the museum in advance if you require any further details.

Harrow Museum & Heritage Centre Postcode for SatNav: HA2 6PX


+44 (0)20 8861 2626

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