Great Stanmore  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Stanmore like this:

STANMORE (Great), a village and a parish in Hendon district, Middlesex. The village stands on a hillslope, near Watling-street, 2 miles NW of Edgware r. station; is about a mile long; and has a post-office‡ under London NW, and a hotel. The parish contains also S. Marsh hamlet, and comprises 1,441 acres. ...

Real property, £7,709. Pop. in 1851, 1,180; in 1861, 1,318. Houses, 259. The manor was held, at Domesday, by Earl Mortaigne; and passed to St. Albans abbey, Smithfield priory, the Spaniard Gambo, the Lakes, the Brydgeses, the Drummonds, the Abercorns, and the Kelks. Bentley Priory occupies the site of an ancient priory; belonged, for some time, to the Marquis of Abercorn: was the residence and death-place of Queen Adelaide; and is now the seat of J. Kelk, Esq. S. Park, S. Hall, Broomfield, Aylwards, Warren House, the Lymes, and the Pynnacles also are chief residences. George IV., when Prince Regent, and the allied sovereigns, met in the parish, on the eve of Louis XVIII.'s restoration. A splendid view is obtained from the summit of Bushey Heath. Roman coins have been found at Bentley Priory; and a treasure of French and Spanish coins, to the value of about £4,000, was found in a field near the parsonage. The living is a rectory in the diocese of London. Value, £440.* Patron, the Rev. L. J. Bernays. The church was built in 1850, at a cost of £8,000; and is in the pointed style. There are national schools, and considerable charities. Archbishop Boyle was rector; Dr. Parr took pupils at S. Hill; and Forbes, the author of "Oriental Memoirs,'' was a resident.

Great Stanmore through time

Great Stanmore is now part of Harrow district. Click here for graphs and data of how Harrow has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Great Stanmore itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Great Stanmore, in Harrow and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th May 2023

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