Queensbury, Harrow/Brent

An interwar suburban creation situated south of Little Stanmore on the site of a disused airfield

Queensbury Station Parade - geograph-2276959-by-Stacey-Harris

In 1920 Geof­frey de Hav­il­land leased the for­mer Lon­don and Provin­cial fly­ing school site and estab­lished his air­craft com­pa­ny at Stag Lane, in what was then defined as Edg­ware. De Hav­il­land man­u­fac­tured numer­ous famous aero­planes here, includ­ing sev­er­al vari­eties of ‘Moth’.

In 1934 the com­pa­ny moved to Hat­field in Hert­ford­shire and much of present-day Queens­bury was laid out on the site of the dis­used air­field. To the west, Hon­ey­pot Lane – a nar­row track named for its stick­i­ness when wet – was trans­formed into a res­i­den­tial and indus­tri­al artery.

Although the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Rail­way had begun its ser­vice to Stan­more at the end of 1932, it was two years before a sta­tion was added here, not just to encour­age house­build­ing (as was often the case in Metroland) but because so much growth had already tak­en place. The rail­way com­pa­ny ran a news­pa­per com­pe­ti­tion to devise a name for the sta­tion and the win­ning entry played on the new suburb’s prox­im­i­ty to Kings­bury.

Queens­bury Park opened in 1936 – and 80 years lat­er the may­or of Har­row unveiled a new wet­land area here, made pos­si­ble after the Ken­ton Brook was widened and divert­ed through the park. Shops were built in the vicin­i­ty of the sta­tion, one of which served as a Methodist Sun­day school and place of wor­ship until a brick church was opened on Bev­er­ley Dri­ve in 1938. Angli­cans wor­shipped in a wood­en hut on Waltham Dri­ve until All Saints’ church was con­se­crat­ed in 1954, by which time Queens­bury was the most dense­ly pop­u­lat­ed ward in Wem­b­ley bor­ough.

The Essol­do cin­e­ma became a bin­go hall in the 1960s and has since been replaced by the hous­ing of Essol­do Way, while super­stores have appeared on Hon­ey­pot Lane.

Asians and Asian British – most­ly of Indi­an birth or descent – now make up 57 per cent of Queensbury’s pop­u­la­tion, with whites account­ing for 25 per cent. Hin­duism and Chris­tian­i­ty are the main reli­gious faiths. Around four-fifths of homes are own­er-occu­pied.

The aviatrix Amy Johnson learned to fly at Stag Lane. In 1930 she became the first woman to fly from England to Australia, piloting a de Havilland Gipsy Moth from Croydon to Darwin. The aircraft is now on display at the Science Museum.

Postcode areas: Stanmore HA7 and Edgware HA8
Population: 27,139 (Brent’s Queensbury ward and Harrow’s Queensbury ward, 2011 census)
Station: Jubilee line (zone 4)
* The picture of Queensbury Circus on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Stacey Harris, 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.