Pinnerwood Park

Pinnerwood Park, Harrow

A pair of hillside housing estates built on former farmland north of Pinner Green


Pinnerwood House
Pin­ner­wood House

In 1547 Pin­ner Wood cov­ered 127 acres but was cut back pro­gres­sive­ly to its present five acres. Pin­ner­wood House was built around 1600 and although much altered and reduced in size it sur­vives today, with 17th-cen­tu­ry pan­elling in its entrance hall.

Near­by Pin­ner­wood Cot­tage was built in 1867 and Pin­ner­wood Farm has a farm­house dat­ing from the lat­er 19th cen­tu­ry. The farm is set in 120 acres of land devot­ed to graz­ing and hay­mak­ing, and also breeds hors­es.

In the 1930s the Arti­zans’, Labour­ers’ and Gen­er­al Dwellings Com­pa­ny laid out the Pin­ner­wood Park estate with over 400 hous­es. The com­pa­ny had hith­er­to built for the skilled work­ing class­es, as its name sug­gests, but this was a mid­dle-class gar­den sub­urb, aimed at those who could afford the train fare to the City.

Har­row coun­cil added an estate of its own in the 1960s.

Close to Pin­ner Hill golf course there are sev­er­al pock­ets of more lux­u­ri­ous accom­mo­da­tion where back gar­den swim­ming pools are not uncom­mon.

Pin­ner Wood itself occu­pies the cen­tral part of the golf course and was for­mer­ly linked to Oxhey Wood, which lies to the north.

Pin­ner Wood School opened on Latimer Gar­dens in 1939. Rat­ed ‘out­stand­ing’ by Ofst­ed in 2011, the schools draws pupils from a rel­a­tive­ly wide catch­ment area and has a high pro­por­tion of chil­dren from eth­nic minori­ties, with almost half speak­ing Eng­lish as an addi­tion­al lan­guage.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (later the first Baron Lytton) wrote his long-winded crime novel Eugene Aram at Pinnerwood House in 1832.

Postcode area: Pinner HA5