Where is it?
West House is at 50 West End Lane, Pinner, HA5 1AE, in the London Borough of Harrow. It stands in the beautiful Pinner Memorial Park overlooking an ornamental lake and opposite Pinner’s 12th Century church on the rise at the top of the medieval High Street.
What is it?
It is one of the few old houses in the area still standing in its own grounds, now Pinner Memorial Park. There has been a house on the site for 500 years. It was once the home of the grandson of Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.
Who owns it?
The house and grounds were purchased by the people of Pinner after the Second World War and given in trust to the then Council as a war memorial to the dead of the two world wars. A condition of the Trust was that the Pinner Book of Remembrance should be kept there. Used from that time for community activities, sadly the house fell into disrepair and Harrow Council closed it in the early nineties.
The Pinner Association (the amenity society founded in 1932 which had originally raised the money to purchase West House), with the backing of the Council, took on the task of saving it for the public for the second time. To do so it created The West House & Heath Robinson Museum Trust. Thanks to the efforts of this Trust, the old house has been saved and returned to community use with a cafe open seven days each week, the Verden Gallery upstairs available for lettings and business premises on the second floor.
West House is in the centre of Pinner and is easily accessible by tube (Pinner Underground, Metropolitan Line) and bus (routes H11, H12, H13 and 183). There is a small car park next to West House and a large one off Chapel Lane, at the bottom of the Memorial Park.
Charges operate from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6.30pm. The first 30 minutes are free (but you must take a ticket). Parking is free for people with Blue Badges and on motorcycles. Our bike rack near West House takes up to 8 bicycles.