Cuckoo Hill

Cuckoo Hill, Harrow/Hillingdon

An undulating and upmarket locality situated between Eastcote Village and Pinner

Cuckoo Hill - geograph-2455796-by-Marion-Phillips

Cuck­oo Hill ris­es gen­tly from Pin­ner Green in the north to just over 200 feet above sea lev­el in the vicin­i­ty of the recre­ation ground (shown in the pho­to­graph above*) and the west­ern end of the road called High View. From this elon­gat­ed brow it then slopes down to the Riv­er Pinn in the south.

Archae­ol­o­gists have detect­ed traces of the south-west­ern end of Grim’s Dyke at Cuck­oo Hill, beyond which the medieval earth­work seemed to split into sev­er­al branch­es before peter­ing out in Ruis­lip and East­cote.

Until the Ruis­lip Enclo­sure Act of 1804, Cuck­oo Hill marked the east­ern edge of Ruis­lip Com­mon, which was then an unin­hab­it­ed wilder­ness. Cuck­oo Hill Farm was at that time the prop­er­ty of the East­cote heiress Eliz­a­beth Rogers, who also owned sev­er­al oth­er farms in the parish. The farm­house is still stand­ing, although in altered form and hemmed in by even more spa­cious prop­er­ties. Its loca­tion is marked by a big pink pin on the map below.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Rail­way curved around the north­ern slope of the hill in 1887, when the line was extend­ed to Rick­mansworth from its ear­li­er ter­mi­nus at Pin­ner. How­ev­er, it was not until the late 1920s that most of Cuck­oo Hill was con­sumed by sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment, some of it dis­tinct­ly grand, with detached hous­es built along roads plant­ed with flow­er­ing trees. The adver­tis­ing for the Cuck­oo Hill estate, built by W Telling of East­cote, described the prop­er­ties as “the City Man’s Dream.”

David Cham­bers found­ed the Cuck­oo Hill Press in 1959 at his home in Cuck­oo Hill Road. He made his first press him­self and has print­ed numer­ous illus­trat­ed books of the high­est qual­i­ty.

On the south-east­ern slope of the hill, West Lodge pri­ma­ry school opened on 1st Jan­u­ary 2009 fol­low­ing the amal­ga­ma­tion of West Lodge first and mid­dle schools.

Until recent­ly the UK branch of the Sathya Sai Edu­ca­tion in Human Val­ues Trust was based at The Glen in Cuck­oo Hill. This detached house was sold in 2010 for £705,000.

The Victorian/Edwardian writer and critic Barry Pain lived at The Circuits, Cuckoo Hill. The house, which was demolished in 1957, had been drolly named by a previous owner, Judge Alderson. The Circuits is now the name of the residential cul-de-sac that replaced the house and its grounds.

Postcode area: Pinner HA5
* The picture of Cuckoo Hill open space on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Marion Phillips, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.