infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
postcode_district = HA7
constituency_westminster= Harrow East
Stanmore is a place in the
London Borough of Harrow, England. It is a suburban development situated 11 miles (18 km) north west of Charing Cross.
The area was recorded in the
Domesday Bookas "Stanmere", the name deriving from the Old English"stan", 'stony' and "mere", 'a pool'. There are outcrops of gravel on the clay soil here and the "mere" may have been one of the ponds which still exist.
1574the area had become known as "Stanmore the Great" to distinguish it from Little Stanmore. Stanmore Village railway stationwas open for train services between 1890and 1952. Stanmore tube stationopened in 1932.
Stanmore had an outstation from the
Bletchley Parkcodebreaking establishment, where some of the Bombes used to decode German Enigma messages in World War Two were housed.
Stanmore is also home to
RAF Bentley Prioryfrom where the Battle of Britain was controlled, also formerly to RAF Stanmore Park, HQ of Balloon Command. The latter closed in 1997 and is now a housing estate.
The suburb is characterised by numerous small restaurants and cafés, several public houses, and a handful of boutique-style clothing stores. The centre of Stanmore is dominated by the presence of a large
Sainsbury'ssupermarket. Stanmore's extensive residential areas are leafy and predominantly affluent, with many residents commuting daily to jobs in central Londonand the City.
Stanmore is home to Stanmore College (a government
further educationestablishment) and a local library. The suburb also hosts the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital- known as RNOH - which is famed for its spinal unit.
Stanmore has affluent Indian, Jewish and Catholic communities, including its local synagogue on London Road and a mosque as well as new Hindu Temple on Wood Lane.
Notable people associated with Stanmore
*Performer and Comedian
Matt Lucaswas born in Stanmore on 5 March 1974, and was brought up there in his younger years. He also attended Aylward First & Middle School.
*Queen Adelaide (1792 - 1849),
queen consortof William IV, lived at Bentley Priory from 1848 until her death there.
George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen— Peelite Prime Minister(in office December 1852 – February 1855); raised and is buried in Stanmore.
W.S. Gilbert— English dramatist, librettist and illustrator; buried in Stanmore.
Clement Attlee— Labour Prime Minister in the first post-war government; lived in a large villa "Heygate", which was later demolished and replaced by a small block of flats
*Stanmore is also the birth-place of peroxide Brit-rocker
Billy Idol, football coach Dave Bassett, Nikolai Levey( Coldplayproducer), Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott, actress Linda Haydenand author Anthony Horowitz.
Cyril Shapslived in Stanmore.
Nearest tube station
Stanmore tube station
Main Bus routes
The following London bus routes serve Stanmore (correct at
7 August 2007):
* H12 Stanmore to South Harrow (via
Hatch Endand Pinner)
* 142 Brent Cross to Watford Junction (via
* 340 Edgware to Harrow Bus Station
* Night Bus N98 Stanmore to Holborn (via
Willesdenand Marble Arch)
* [http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/ Stanmore College web site]
* [http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/ Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital web site]
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