Volume 5 - From Stanmore Common to Chandos Country

R S Brown, 1976

page 15

Elm Park

Before we leave the vicinity of Church Road a brief pause must be made to talk about an attractive 'side road' which runs off at right angles, forming a junction at the other end with the Ridgeway - namely Elm Park.

Elm Park was once an estate to which admission was gained through an imposing entrance flanked by tall, red pillars. A surveyor named Webb who represented the Hendon Rural District Council was the last owner before developers began their inevitable transformation of the area in the nineteen-thirties. In that decade the green fields gave way to newly built habitations but Mr Webb had a unique property erected which was comprised of many ancient relics salvaged from old houses including Victorian roof lights and chimneys.

Webb did however stipulate that Elm Park should remain a quiet cul-de-sac for all time and it was on that condition that he sold the land. Subsequently the local authority was able to adroitly side-step this provision and the highway became accessible from three directions.

As the name implies, elm trees grew in profusion on the estate and, until fairly recent times, a row of these forest giants - more than a hundred years old ยท separated the Elm Park Highway from Glebe Road (about which a narrative follows later). Now, only one elm survives - all the others are just gaunt stumps cut down by the dreaded Dutch Elm disease.

Fortunately other hardy varieties of handsome trees line both sides of Elm Park, helping to retain some semblance of this once rural area. Elm Park Highway has developed spasmodically over many years with houses being erected by numerous builders. The properties are consequently of various designs and sizes but there are two establishments of a non-residential nature - the telephone exchange and a college providing education at both junior and further education levels.

Among the builders who owned land adjoining Elm Park was a Mr Brown and his wife Louisa. They built several houses in Harrow Weald including those on sites in Chestnut Drive and The Avenue, (see further information on Page 25 of Volume 2).