Saturday, 22 September 2012

London Open House - Pinner House

We took a trip up to Pinner House in Church Lane Today.  It was a very interesting trip indeed. 

Pinner House

Church Lane, Pinner, HA5 3AA, London, England
Grade II* listed early Georgian house (1721) with pilastered front and magnificent oak-panelled dining room. Former rectory of the vicar of Harrow and Nell Gwyn's daughter by Charles II. 

I took some photographs there which I will share with you here. There is some lovely panelling in the house, reminded me of that which was in Haydon Hall and Eastcote House before they were demolished so carelessly in the 60s, when old meant nothing to the local council. 

lAll pictures copyright the Pinner Blogger.

 It was pointed out to me that in a bricks near the top left of the building, has the builders initials FB, and the date that he built the house in bricks a little bit lower down.  These appear further down this post

Tookes Green etc

A while back I took some pictures in Tookes Green in Pinner.  Tookes Green is a small triangular green on sloping land at the junction of three roads, with a few trees and seats and bordered with setts, a boulder at each corner. In the centre is a granite drinking fountain on an octagonal stepped base, erected here by the inhabitants of Pinner in 1886 to commemorate William Arthur Tooke, JP who had lived at Pinner Hill House.
The inscription on the fountain reads: 'I was thirsty and ye gave me drink'. William Arthur Tooke was the grandson of William Tooke of Pinner Hill Estate who inherited the estate on the death of his father in 1871. He took a leading role in the life of the parish and paid for the restoration of the parish church of St John (q.v.) in 1880. When he died in 1884 he was buried in the churchyard. Pinner Hill estate was later was leased by Pinner Hill Golf Club from Middlesex County Council.
Sources consulted:
Ken Kirkman 'A History of Pinner Hill House and Estate', Albury Enterprises, 1993; Walter W Druett 'Pinner Through the Ages' (1st published by Hillingdon Press, 1937, reprinted by Ringstead Press, 1980) 

Video of Pictures copyright the Pinner Blogger - also shots of goods left outside a Pinner Charity shop out of hours - an anti social and criminal act, also some rubbish or somebody's clothes thrown in the River Pinn, a domestic tiff?