Harefield Grove

Harefield Grove, Hillingdon

Only one London street atlas identifies this as a discrete locality, situated north of Harefield proper on Rickmansworth Road and consisting of little more than one farm and one mansion


Hare­field Grove Farm

There has been a farm here since at least 1684, when it was called Gut­ters­dean Farm. It is now Hare­field Grove Farm. In the late 19th cen­tu­ry exot­ic fruits and veg­eta­bles were grown for the Lon­don mar­ket in over 100 green­hous­es with 50 miles of hot water pip­ing.

Hare­field Grove is a grade II list­ed house, prob­a­bly of late 18th- or ear­ly 19th-cen­tu­ry ori­gin but sig­nif­i­cant­ly altered on a least two sub­se­quent occa­sions. It is most notable for its grounds, with lakes and a water­fall, which are among the few sur­viv­ing land­scaped gar­dens in Lon­don not to have been opened to the pub­lic.

In 1983–5 Hare­field Grove was con­vert­ed to offices for the tow­el rental com­pa­ny Ini­tial. The con­ver­sion involved rad­i­cal inter­nal alter­ations and exter­nal demo­li­tion and recon­struc­tion and must have bare­ly scraped through the approval process. Ini­tial moved out after Ren­tok­il bought the com­pa­ny and Com­er Homes acquired the site in 2003.

By this time Hare­field Grove has lain vacant long enough for the house to be placed on His­toric England’s Her­itage at Risk reg­is­ter.

In 2013 the Greater Lon­don Author­i­ty reject­ed Com­er’s pro­pos­al to con­vert the major­i­ty of the main Hare­field Grove house into a sin­gle ‘dwelling unit’, with var­i­ous out­build­ings being con­vert­ed, built or rein­stat­ed to cre­ate a fur­ther 23 homes. The devel­op­er sub­se­quent­ly adjust­ed its pro­pos­al, reduc­ing the num­ber of addi­tion­al res­i­den­tial units. Plan­ning per­mis­sion was grant­ed sub­ject to sev­er­al con­di­tions and work might final­ly com­mence in 2019.

A small studio was constructed at Harefield Grove Farm to create CI5’s headquarters in the first season of The Professionals, a 1970s crime-action drama. Some exterior scenes were shot at locations nearby.

Postcode area: Uxbridge, UB9
Bird’s eye view: Bing Maps view of Harefield Grove