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Harrow School, London

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Harrow was founded in 1572 under a charter granted by Elizabeth I. The driving force behind the founding of Harrow was John Lyon, a wealthy farmer with an interest in literature. He gave impetus to a new school on a site where a school had existed since 1324. On Lyon's death in 1592 part of his fortune went to the project. The new building was finished by 1615, and this building survives today, although much expansion has gone on around it. As at Eton the education originally provided at Harrow was free, with a few fee paying "foreigners" coming in from outside the parish. Slowly the foreigners took over. A separate school, the John Lyon Lower School was created in 1876 to continue the original aim of providing education for the boys of the local parish.

Winston Churchill and Lord Byron are among the many famous men who have passed through the school.

Harrow is sometimes used as a film location. Scenes depicting classrooms at Hogwarts were filmed at Harrow School for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Also filmed here were The Saint, Goodbye Mr Chips, and Ladies in Lavender.




Opening Times: Tours of Harrow School for groups can be booked. The Standard Tour lasts one and a half hours, the Full Tour lasts two hours. Tours include the Museum of Harrow Life, and other historic areas, such as the Fourth Form Room where Byron's name can be seen carved in the oak panelling.Tours can be arranged most weekdays in term time. Individuals can visit Harrow on Open Tours which are usually arranged once a term on a Saturday at 2pm. Contact Harrow using the contact details below for more information.


Address: Harrow School, 5 High Street, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3HP

Harrow School is in north west London, and is close to Harrow on the Hill Underground Station.


telephone: 020 8426 4638


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