Pinner is a very special area. Many locals maintain that it is the first true village you reach as you come out from central London. Even though it is part of suburban London, it has a real sense of community cohesion and an identity all of its own which has not been lost over the years.
Wherever you live in Pinner, you’ll be drawn to Pinner Village for the community events. Few places in the country can boast so many all-embracing community events as Pinner. The world famous Pinner Fair, which was first granted a Royal Charter by King Edward III in 1336, is a magnet for people to enjoy a glorious and colourful street party every May. The Pinner Pantomime evening on the last Thursday in November creates a real buzz and sense of community spirit. All the shops stay open late and people throng to the village centre to soak up the street theatre and entertainment that heralds the pre-Christmas preparations. Pinner is one of the few remaining neighbourhoods in England where residents from all walks of life, and all ages, still celebrate St.George’s Day in traditional fashion with dragons a’plenty.
Pinner comes from the word Pinnora meaning “a hill surrounded by oak trees”. Originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement, the Pinner name is thought to have been coined around 900AD and first appeared in print in 1231. It was one of the ten hamlets of the medieval Harrow Manor and is still the most easily distinguishable today. Pinner has a rich architectural and social heritage and a thriving Local History Society. You don’t have to walk very far to find one of the numerous fine old buildings dotted around, many dating back more than 700 years. Pinner is also home to an ancient chalk mine.
The area is quintessentially ‘middle England’ yet it caters for all tastes and pockets. From the exclusivity of Pinner Hill with its aspirational country homes to one bedroom flats above Pinner Village shops for the City commuter. Above all, it is a family oriented neighbourhood, with a wide array of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family houses. Most people stay in Pinner for many years, either being born in the area or moving here for schooling and then staying put. When the family has grown up and left home parents will often downsize again within the locality, so it is very common to find property for sale in Pinner that was last sold 20 or even 30 years ago. There’s little of the quick turnaround that one finds in other areas of London.
Distinctive residential areas
Residents of Pinner Village love the pretty High Street with its timber-framed pubs and antique shops. If you aspire to live in the most desirable location that Pinner has to offer, it has to be Pinner Hill.
Pinnerwood Park is threaded with footpaths and bridleways through areas of low density housing on small residential estates. Houses near Cannon Lane are in great demand because families want to live in the school catchment area.
The smart, leafy roads of West Lodge near acres of open parkland are a magnet for families seeking the ‘middle England’ lifestyle in Pinner.
The upmarket neighbourhood of Eastcote Park is like a village within a village.
Hatch End is full of good quality houses on smart, tree lined roads and is one of Pinner’s most desirable areas.
Schools in Pinner have some of the best academic results in Greater London. Houses for sale within the West Lodge and Cannon Lane catchment areas are snapped up fast, and there is tremendous choice at primary and secondary level for private, single-sex and faith schools within Pinner and the surrounding area.
Sports & Leisure
Pinner is full of parks and opens spaces. There are delightful walks along the River Pinn, and an impressive choice of sports facilities, clubs and cultural societies cater for all tastes and abilities. Numerous restaurants, bars and pubs offer a diverse choice of cuisines and social entertainment. For those with a penchant for the cosmopolitan nightlife, London’s West End is just a half-hour hop on the tube and there are excellent transport links to Harrow, Watford and Uxbridge.
Commuters into central London and the City are virtually guaranteed a seat on the tube for the short 20 minute journey into town. You’ve a choice of two underground stations – Pinner, right in the centre of Pinner Village, and Eastcote – or mainline overground trains into Euston from Hatch End. Although many facilities in Pinner are within walking distance, regular bus services take you through Pinner and into Harrow, Northwood, Ruislip and surrounding areas. If you’re venturing further afield by car, then Heathrow Airport and the motorway network are within easy driving access.
Pinner is very well served for health care. Its new and very modern medical centre in the heart of Pinner Village caters for more than 20,000 residents and there are several smaller medical centres dotted around the locality. Pinner has an eclectic choice of places of worship including Church of England, Jewish, Catholic and Methodist faiths.