Roxeth, Harrow

Still a distinct locality in southern Harrow, though its identity was sapped by the naming of its station as South Harrow – but, happily, the council has revived the Roxeth ward name

Roxeth Hill links South Harrow with Harrow-on-the-Hill

Roxeth Hill links South Harrow with Harrow-​​on-​​the-​​Hill

First recorded in ad845, the name may mean ‘rooks’ place’ or may be related to a resident called Hrōc.

This was common land until its enclosure in 1817, but it became one of the first parts of the borough to experience suburban devel­opment – in the 1840s. In the area formerly called Roxeth Marsh a gas works was built in 1855 – which pushed the area downmarket for a while.

RM Ballantyne, the Scottish writer of children’s adventure books, lived for eight years in Mount Park Road until his death in 1894.

When the District Railway station opened in 1903 it was with the convoluted desig­nation, South Harrow for Roxeth and Northolt, and the railway crossed Roxeth Marsh on a viaduct. Most of the area was built up between the wars.

At the 2011 census, 23 per cent of Roxeth’s residents were white British, and the next largest minorities were of Indian and Sri Lankan birth or descent. Three-​​quarters of homes here are owner-​​occupied.

Postcode area: Harrow, HA2
Population: 11,663 (2011 census)
Station: Piccadilly line (South Harrow, zone 5)
Further reading: TL Bartlett, The Story of Roxeth, Harrow Libraries, 1992


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