Famous Residents of Stanmore Middlesex Famous Residents of Stanmore in the London Borough of Harrow Middlesex Famous Residents of Stanmore in the London Borough of Harrow Middlesex


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Famous Residents of Stanmore Middlesex.

Many famous and inspirational people were born, have lived in or continue to live in Stanmore, from Royalty and Mp's to Singers, Actors, sportsmen and entertainers. We take a look at some of them below.

Many famous and inspirational people were born, have lived in or continue to live in Stanmore, from Royalty and Mp's to Singers, Actors, sportsmen, Industrialists and entertainers.

We take a look at some of them below.

  • Queen Adelaide Amelia Louise Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (1792 - 1849)
    Adelaide was the wife of King William IV of the United Kingdom. She lived at Bentley Priory from 1848 until her death there. Queen Adelaide's last public appearance was to lay the foundation stone of the church of St John the Evangelist, Great Stanmore. She donated the font when the church was completed after her death, the east window of St John's is dedicated to her memory.
    Adelaide is probably best remembered for the city in South Australia that is named after her and still bears her name.

  • Queen Adelaide

    Queen Adelaide.
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  • Air Chief Marshal Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding GCB, GCVO, CMG (24 April 1882 – 15 February 1970) was a British officer in the Royal Air Force. He was the commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and lived with his sister Hilda in a Victorian house called Montrose on Stanmore’s Gordon Avenue.

    Hugh Dowding (right) with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Bentley Priory Stanmore, in September 1940

    Hugh Dowding (right) with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Bentley Priory
    Stanmore, in September 1940.
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  • Charles Drury Edward Fortnum of the Fortnum & Masons grocery dynasty bought ‘Hill House’ on Stanmore Hill in 1852 with his wife Fanny Matilda Keats. He was a distinguished art collector and a Trustee of the British Museum. During their travels they gathered a large collection of ceramics, bronzes and other objects most of which he donated to the Ashmolean museum in Oxford. The collection was so large they had to build a separate wing to house them, now called the Fortnum Gallery. They lived on Stanmore Hill for over forty years and when Fanny died in 1890, Charles dedicated a window at St. Johns Church in Stanmore in her memory depicting St. Matthew and St. Mark. After he died in 1899 the remainder of his collections were given to the British Museum.

  • Charles Drury Edward Fortnum

    Charles Drury Edward Fortnum
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  • Muslim hate preacher, Abu Qatada lived in Uppingham Avenue, Stanmore and was held there on a 22 hour home curfew until his deportation to Jordan on 7 July 2013.

  • Abu Qatada near his Stanmore home

    Abu Qatada near his Stanmore home
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  • Polar Explorer Edward Adrian Wilson , Edward Wilson was an English physician, explorer, natural historian, painter and ornithologist. He lived for some time on Stanmore Hill and died with Captain Scott during the race for the South Pole.

  • Edward Adrian Wilson

    Edward Adrian Wilson.
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    Movie Stars

  • Actress Fay Compton CBE lived In Green Lane Stanmore. Although probably best known for her stage appearances, Fay also appeared in more than forty films between 1914 and 1970

  • Fay Compton

    Fay Compton.
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  • Linda Hayden, English film and television actress was born 19 January 1953 in Stanmore. She is best known for her roles in 1970s British horror films and sex comedies.

  • Linda Hayden

    Linda Hayden
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  • Actress Patricia Medina, second wife of Joseph Cotten, grew up and spent her early years at her parents large house in Stanmore, before moving across the pond to Hollywood.

  • Actress Patricia Medina

    Actress Patricia Medina
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  • Actor Roger Moore, famous for his role as James Bond and in The Saint, lived at 58 Gordon Avenue Stanmore.

  • Roger Moore and Luisa Mattioli

    Roger Moore and Luisa Mattioli
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  • Actress Charlotte Rampling OBE, lived in Stanmore. Charlotte had a movie career spanning over 50 years. Her Mother was a was a clothing heiress and her Father Geoffrey Rampling was an Army officer and part of Britain’s gold-medal winning relay team at the 1936 Olympics. She was married to the French composer Jean Michel Jarre and is mother of magician and singer David Jarre.

  • Charlotte Rampling OBE

    Charlotte Rampling OBE
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  • Actor Cyril Shaps lived in Stanmore. Cyril had a movie career spanning over 40 years but is probably best remembered for playing Doctor Bechmann in the 1977 James Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me.

  • Cyril Shaps as Doctor Bechmann in The Spy Who Loved Me 1977

    Cyril Shaps as Doctor Bechmann
    in The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
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  • Actress Barbara Windsor and her first husband businessman and club owner Ronnie Knight, lived in a spacious property in Aylmer Drive near the top of Stanmore Hill

  • Barbara Windsor and her first husband Ronnie Knight

    Barbara Windsor and her first husband
    Ronnie Knight
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    Television Personalities

  • Barrister, comedy writer and television presenter Clive Anderson was born and brought up in Stanmore. He attended Stanburn school and was also school friends with another local Stanmore lad Michael Portillo

  • Clive Anderson

    Clive Anderson.
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  • Franklin Engelmann. Franklin lived in Elm Park and was a radio personality popular in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly as the host of 'Down Your Way', 'Ask me another' and Gardeners' Question Time. He was also the original host of the BBC Radio programme 'Pick of the Pops'.

    Franklin Engelmann

    Franklin Engelmann.
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  • Novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, was born in Stanmore on 5 April 1956. Anthony has scripted many TV programmes although he is probably most famous for works such as Foyles war, Midsummer Murders and the Alec Rider children's spy thrillers.

  • Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz
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  • Performer and comedian Matt Lucas was born in Stanmore on 5 March 1974.
    He attended Aylward First & Middle School. Matt is a comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain, as well as for his portrayals of the scorekeeping baby George Dawes in the comedy panel game Shooting Stars.

  • Matt Lucas

    Matt Lucas.
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  • George Frideric Handel. Handel was a German born Baroque composer, who in 1717 became house composer at Cannons in Little Stanmore. It was during his time in Stanmore that he composed some of his most performed work, such as ‘Acis and Galatea’, and it is said it was here during a thunderstorm he sheltered from the rain in an old smithy and listening to the hammer of local blacksmith William Powell fall on the anvil gave Handel the idea for the movement which he named ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’. The organ on which he played is still sited at St. Lawrence church in Little Stanmore.

    George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel.
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  • Edwin “Ted” Astley. Ted was a prolific and inventive British composer who lived on Stanmore Hill. He is known for television action-adventure theme music, most notably the theme to The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Danger Man. His youngest daughter Virginia Astley also lived in Stanmore and was a well known singer-songwriter during the 1980s and 1990s. His eldest daughter Karen Astley married Pete Townshend of The Who.

    Edwin “Ted” Astley

    Edwin “Ted” Astley.
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  • Dance-band singer, radio comedian and DJ on Radio Luxembourg and Radio 2 Samuel Gabriel 'Sam' Costa lived on the Uxbridge Road in a house opposite The chase from the 1960s.

  • Sam Costa

    Sam Costa.
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  • Performer and musician Darren Foreman whose stage name is Beardyman grew up in Stanmore, as did his brother, musical comedian Jay Foreman.

  • Beardyman Darren Foreman

    Beardyman Darren Foreman.
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  • Sir William Schwenck Gilbert Commonly known as W.S Gilbert. One half of the the Victorian-era theatrical partnership Gilbert & Sullivan. William was a playwright, dramatist, author, illustrator and poet. He drowned in a lake at his garden in Harrow Weald and is buried at the church of St. John the Evangelist, Stanmore.

  • W.S. Gilbert

    W.S. Gilbert.
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  • Drummer Peter Van Hooke who played in groups like "Mike + The Mechanics" and also drummed for Van Morrison's band, was raised in Stanmore.

  • Peter Van Hooke

    Peter Van Hooke
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  • Billy Idol, born William Michael Albert Broad. Shot to fame as front man from the punk group Generation X and later as a solo artist, was born in Stanmore.

  • Billy Idol

    Billy Idol
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  • Laurie Johnson MBE. Laurie is an English film and television composer, who scored the music for Dr Strangelove, This Is Your Life, Animal Magic, Whicker’s World, No Hiding Place, The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals. He lived and worked in the Grade II listed Priory House on Clamp Hill from the 1960's until 2014

    Laurie Johnson MBE

    Laurie Johnson MBE
    At home in Stanmore.
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  • Marco Pirroni, born Marco Francesco Andrea Pirroni on 27 April 1959, is a legendary guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He has worked and performed with Adam Ant, Sinéad O'Connor, Siouxsie and the Banshees and many others from the late 1970s to the present day. Marco lived in and still runs his company from Stanmore.

  • Marco Pirroni (right) with Adam Ant

    Marco Pirroni (right) with Adam Ant
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  • 70's Glam Rocker Alvin Stardust (Born Bernard William Jewry) Bought a detached house and lived on The Uxbridge Road, Stanmore.

  • Alvin Stardust outside his Stanmore Home

    Alvin Stardust outside his Stanmore Home.
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  • Clement Attlee United Kingdom Labour Party Prime Minister in the first post-war government, lived with his family in a large villa "Heywood", on Stanmore's London Road.

  • Clement Attlee

    Clement Attlee gardening at home in Stanmore, 1945
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  • George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen. was a British politician, diplomat and landowner who served as Prime Minister from December 1852 until February 1855. Gordon was raised in Stanmore and was later buried there after his death on 14 December 1860.

  • George Hamilton Gordon

    George Hamilton Gordon.
    An oil painting by Martin Archer Shee C1838
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  • Robert Hollond and his wife lived in Stanmore Hall from 1847. He was a balloonist and MP. His wife Ellen Hollond founded London's first creche

  • Robert Hollond

    Robert Hollond seated center
    "A Consultation prior to the Aerial Voyage to Weilburgh, 1836".
    A painting by John Hollins C1838
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  • Michael Portillo Conservative M.P. Brought up in Bush Grove Stanmore and attended Stanburn School. Michael is an avid rail enthusiast and as an intro to his book “Great British Railway Journeys” he fondly recalls the Old Stanmore branch line and writes:

    "There was a tank engine-hauled service from Belmont to Harrow and Wealdstone, close to where I grew up. My eldest brother, Charles, would take me on the ‘Belmont Rattler’, and I remember the panting engine, the smoke and my excitement."

    Michael Portillo with his train timetable from 1839

    Michael Portillo with his train timetable from 1839.
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  • Sir John David Rees was a colonial administrator in British India mostly in the south of India where he was Under-Secretary in the Madras Government. Later in life he served two terms as Member of Parliament in the UK from 1906 as the Liberal MP for Montgomery constituency, and from 1912 as the Unionist MP for Nottingham East. John lived with his Wife Mary and son Richard in a house called Aylwards on Stanmore Hill. After his death His son Sir Richard successively owned the house which stood where Aylmer Drive stands today.

    Sir John David Ree

    Sir John David Ree.
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  • Labour MP Keith Vaz who has been a member of Parliament for Leicester East since the 1987 election, currently lives in Stanmore. Keith holds the record for being the longest-serving Asian MP and has been the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007

  • Labour MP Keith Vaz

    Labour MP Keith Vaz
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  • Football coach and former football player Dave Bassett, was born in Stanmore. In his career he has managed Wimbledon, Watford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Leicester City and Southampton.

  • Dave Bassett

    Dave Bassett
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  • Watford and Wales football player Kenny Jackett, lived in Woodcroft Avenue Stanmore during his time playing at Watford FC. After his playing career ended he move into management. Managing Watford, QPR, Swansea City, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

  • Kenny Jackett

    Kenny Jackett
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  • Footballer Theo Walcott, current Arsenal and England player, was born in Stanmore in 1989. His family still live there.

  • Theo Walcott

    Theo Walcott
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  • William Knox D'Arcy was an oil and gold prospector and one of the principal founders of the oil and petrochemical industry in Persia, which is present day Iran. In 1889, he and his family moved to Stanmore, he bought and lived in Stanmore Hall. In April 1909 D'Arcy was made a director of the newly founded Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) which would later become British Petroleum.

  • William Knox D'Arcy, at home in Stanmore Hall with his wife

    William Knox D'Arcy, at home in
    Stanmore Hall with his wife.
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  • Andrew Drummond bought Stanmore Park in 1729. He was a Scottish goldsmith and formed his own bank ‘Drummond Bank’ in Charring Cross. He lived in Stanmore for 40 years and died there aged 81. His bank was taken over by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1924, but still has a branch in Charring Cross.

  • Andrew Drummond in Stanmore Park C1769

    Andrew Drummond in Stanmore Park C1769.
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  • In 1896 Sir Arthur du Cros, founder of the Dunlop Rubber Company bought the house and surrounding grounds of Canons, and commissioned Charles Mallows to design his gardens, which were considered to be amongst the greatest of the Edwardian era. Mallows also designed the present front of the Old House. After the First World War, Du Cros put the house on the market and it was eventually bought by the North London Collegiate School in 1929 for the sum of £17,500.

  • Sir Arthur du Cros

    Sir Arthur du Cros.
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  • Frederick Gordon, chairman of "The Gordon Hotels Company limited" and "The Frederick Hotels Company Limited", built the Stanmore Railway, Started Stanmore Golf Course and turned Bentley Priory into a hotel before making it his family home. Lived in, and is buried in Stanmore.

  • Frederick Gordon

    Frederick Gordon
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  • Charles and Agnes Keyser, Charles and his sister Agnes lived in Warren House in Wood Lanel during the 1800’s. Every morning a member of the household would walk over the road to the nearby spring ponds and draw water which would be used for cooking, cleaning, bathing and drinking. This was normal practice for the time and it wasn’t until the terrible Typhoid and Cholera epidemics which swept London in the 1860’s that anything changed. Charles had an idea to purify the water we use and pipe it directly to people’s houses. In 1873 he formed “The Colne valley Water Company” and became its first Chairman. His idea was to take pure water from its gathering grounds in the Chilterns and pump it through clay pipes under the streets into people’s homes. The Colne valley Water Company brought fresh water supplies to Stanmore for the very first time. It was largely due to the effort and drive of people like Charles Keyser that eventually led to the clean drinking water that we all take for granted today.

  • Agnes Keyser

    Agnes Keyser
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  • Sir Frederick Handley Page CBE Lived in Limes House, Wood Lane, Stanmore.
    Frederick was a pioneer in the aircraft industry and in 1909 founded Handley Page, Ltd., the first British aircraft manufacturing corporation. Handley Page Limited was best known for its large aircraft such as The Handley Page Victor B.2 a long-range medium bomber, The Handley Page H.P.42 airliner, and the Halifax bomber.
    He is also known for his invention of the 'leading edge slot,' a slot cut into the leading edge of a wing to improve the stall characteristics of the aircraft.

    Sir Frederick Handley Page CBE

    Sir Frederick Handley Page CBE.
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  • Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland CBE, OM, CBE, AFC, RDI, FRAeS, (27 July 1882 – 21 May 1965) was a British aviation pioneer and aircraft engineer. In 1920 Geoffrey formed the de Havilland Aircraft Company at Stag Lane Aerodrome, Edgware, where he and his company designed and built a large number of aircraft, including 'The Vampire', 'The Gipsy', 'The Goblin' and 'The Moth' but it was the 'de Havilland Mosquito' which has been considered the most versatile warplane ever built. Geoffrey lived with his family in the 'White House' on Stanmore's London Road

  • Sir Geoffrey de Havilland CBE

    Sir Geoffrey de Havilland CBE
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