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Monday, 17 August 2015

Harrow-on-the-Hill


Harrow-on-the-Hill is in North West London and is home to Harrow public school. As its name suggests it is a village at the top of a hill with great views across London. Harrow School was founded in 1572 by John Lyon, who was a local wealthy farmer. It is a boys' boarding school with approximately 800 boys living in one of 12 boarding houses.













This is the original building at Harrow finished in 1615 and enlarged in 1820 giving it its distinctive appearance. Walking through the village, reference to the school is everywhere.
























Look how empty the village looks. I am visiting on a weekday but it is during the Summer holidays so there are no students around. Perhaps I need to return during the term time and see the difference.


















I loved this Victorian postbox.






If you are thinking of sending your son to Harrow the fees for 2015/6 are £36,150 pa


34 comments:

  1. I always wanted to go to boarding school for some reason (Enid Blyton has a lot to answer for), but with those prices I understand why my parents said no. Apart from not wanting to send me away of course!

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  2. Bit more famous that the Brill on the Hill I visited. I'd forget term time way too busy

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  3. Hello, the boarding schools are certainly not cheap. I enjoyed the walk thru the village and I love the cute ostbox too! Great post, enjoy your new week!

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  4. The streets look very empty indeed without 800 boys strolling around.

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  5. I am always impressed with the amount of time between when these places were built and today. So well done that they remain for centuries. :-)

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  6. Looks deserted. Nice looking buildings!

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  7. I assume that the residents like the empty time quite nicely! The ancient buildings are really super. It's very quaint and lovely. £36K for a year of school? Thank goodness I don't have kids!

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  8. I like visiting (neatly) empty villages but I 'm not sure how is it like to live in such a place. Those old buildings are impressive and beautiful. I like it when old buildings are well maintained.

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  9. It's an interesting building with the white accents. Quite a price for tuition, isn't it.

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  10. I bet it does look very different when school is in session. I'm amazed there are 800 boys who can afford that steep tuition!

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  11. Thanks for a very interesting post. I have read of the famous school but it is so interesting to see how it looks. That is a fantastic view back towards London.

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  12. I love the old post box too. I saw an almost identical one the other week in Ramsbottom.

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  13. That school building is very unique and interesting. Enjoyed your tour through this lovely town.

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  14. Very nostalgic post for me as I have an Aunt that lives not that far away from Harrow on the Hill.

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  15. I love seeing the old historic buildings of England, and the old post box is fantastic

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  16. Wonderful tour of the 'town' ~ great shots ~ I really perhaps need to visit Great Britain ~

    Happy week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  17. What a beautiful town. Looks very peaceful.

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  18. interesting place. The school looks odd in my eyes but it seem to have been taken good care of.

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  19. Very quaint and interesting place! Thanks for the lovely tour. The postbox is lovely.
    Have a Happy Week!
    Peace :)

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  20. It's a pretty place. But the school is way out of my price range!

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  21. Wonderful shots of the place. Interesting architecture,

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  22. I like the view and the houses!

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  23. Interesting place and great photos!

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  24. that looks like my type of place to check out :-)

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  25. What a nice place to visit, perhaps during school year. At that price all students should be little geniuses when they finish !

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  26. Excellent street shots! I like the Victorian post box.

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  27. How interesting. Wonderful community which I'm sure is buzzing during term time.

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  28. The post box is fantastic. Lovely pictures - it must be interesting to see the difference when the term starts again.

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  29. That last sentence rather contrasts with the 'Free Grammar School' on the memorial!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  30. Harrow school was the school where our first Prime Minister Nehru was educated.It is of special interest to Indians.

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  31. Harrow on the Hill looks like a beautiful place. I suppose it's a bit like Hampstead - so close to London and yet so little of the hustle and bustle.
    I love those hexagonal Victorian pillar boxes too.

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  32. I had heard of this school now I know how it looks. Neat village.

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  33. At £36000 I would want to buy the property. How the other half live.

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  34. I guess we'll keep our son right where he is. Beautiful buildings thought.

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