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Harrow

Still a separate locality, north-east of South Harrow, but the strength of its identity has been sapped by the naming of the station. Happily, Harrow council has recently revived the Roxeth ward name. First recorded in AD 845, the name may mean “rooks’ place” or may be related to a dweller called Hrōc. This was common land until enclosure in 1817, but became one of the first parts of the borough to experience suburban development – in the 1840s. In the area formerly called Roxeth Marsh a gas works was built in 1855 – which pushed the area downmarket for a while. When the District Railway station opened in 1903 it was with the convoluted designation, South Harrow for Roxeth and Northolt, and the railway crossed Roxeth Marsh on a viaduct. Most of the area was built up between the wars. Just over half of Roxeth’s residents are white; the largest minority is of Indian descent, and mainly Hindu. Three-quarters of homes here are owner-occupied.

RM Ballantyne, the Scottish writer of children’s adventure books, lived for eight years in Mount Park Road until his death in 1894.

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Roxeth Hill links South Harrow with Harrow-on-the-Hill

Postcode area: Harrow, HA2
Population: 10,538
Station: Piccadilly Line (South Harrow, Zone 5)
Further reading: TL Bartlett, The Story of Roxeth, Harrow Libraries, 1992

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