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A trip organized by Angela for the Old Flames.   We travelled to Harrow on the Hill, photographed a bit and had lunch before the talk about the school.


Appealing art



Lines Written beneath an Elm in

St Mary's Church

Harrow-on-the-Hill by Lord Byron (1788–1824)

First verse of two

SPOT of my youth! whose hoary branches sigh,
Swept by the breeze that fans thy cloudless sky;
Where now alone I muse, who oft have trod,
With those I loved, thy soft and verdant sod;
With those who, scattered far, perchance deplore,
Like me, the happy scenes they knew before:
O, as I trace again thy winding hill,
Mine eyes admire, my heart adores thee still,
Thou drooping elm! beneath whose boughs I lay,
And frequent mused the twilight hours away;
Where, as they once were wont, my limbs recline,
But ah! without the thoughts which then were mine:
How do thy branches, moaning to the blast,
Invite the bosom to recall the past,
And seem to whisper, as they gently swell,
“Take, while thou canst, a lingering, last farewell!”

Graves beneath the trees

St Mary's Church

Hypericum species

Pink rose

St Mary's Church

Harrow School's Chapel

The left hand side of the building was where Harrow School started.   The right hand side was added later as the school expanded.

Perhaps not appropriate for Harrow

We had a good coffee here

The Doll's House on the Hill

Michael's convenience store


Two eagles

White lion

The expensive Fullers pub that we did not go to.

Classy planting


Fullers White Horse where we had lunch.  

I had a salad with small beetroot and chick pea fritters, which was ace.

Attractive cottage

Bush mallow

Pale blue house & turquoise van


Beautifully fitted flints

Fine hanging baskets

Fuchsia magellanica molinae

Queen Elizabeth 1

Harrow School is an independent boarding school for boys in Harrow, London, England. The School was founded in 1572 by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I, and is one of the original seven public schools that were regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868.   There have been many great men who studied at Harrow.   Anthony Ashley-Cooper, the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury and influential social reformer was one of the most impressive.

Sharon our excellent guide


Inside the original classroom (used in Harry Potter)

The levitating feather

Birch replaced by the cane

Names of Old Harrovians

The chapel for C of E and RC pupils.   The Jews, Muslims, atheists etc have assemblies

The game of squash was invented using this wall

War memorial

South Wales Borderers

The Great Hall

The gallery where the new boys stand at the beginning of term

The organ