Pinner and Eastcote

Area Guide

Originally a hamlet, first recorded in 1231 as Pinnora, the name Pinn is shared with the River Pinn, which runs through the middle of Pinner.

The fourteenth-century parish church of St. John the Baptist dominates the view from the top of the charming and historic High Street, which is often photographed and painted and has often appeared in televison programmes and feature films.

Pinner has held a popular annual street fair in May since 1336, when it was granted by Royal Charter by Edward III.

Pinner expanded rapidly between 1923 and 1939 when a series of garden estates, encouraged by the Metropolitan Line railway (as part of Metroland), grew around its historic core. It was from this time onwards that the area assumed much of its present-day suburban character. The area is now continuous with neighbouring suburban districts including Rayners Lane and Eastcote.

Its excellent commuter links into London, first class schooling (both state and private) and leafy village feel and atmosphere make Pinner a popular choice. Pinner Hill is an elevated area with a highly rated golf course and excellent walks and views.

Pinner has had many notable residents including Horatia Nelson, the daughter of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton and, more recently, Sir Elton John, comedian Ronnie Barker and racing driver Derek Bell.

Eastcote grew up around an old village and was originally part of the parish of Ruislip. Like Pinner, it largely developed with the arrival of the Metropolitan Railway and the existing station was built in 1939.

Eastcote is now partially located within the London Borough of Harrow (as is Pinner) and partially within the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Like Pinner, it is characterised by good quality housing and enjoys excellent commuter links to London, a good range of schooling for all ages, several shopping parades and a number of attractive parks and open spaces.

Famous residents include the actress Jessie Matthews and, more recently, TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton.

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