Edgware  Middlesex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Edgware like this:

EDGWARE, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in Hendon district, Middlesex. The town stands on Watling-street, at the terminus of the London and Edgware railway, 4 miles NE of Harrow; is partly in Little Stanmore parish; was known formerly as Edgeware; consists chiefly of one street; was formerly a market town; has still a fair on the first Monday of Aug., with races on the two following days; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; publishes a weekly newspaper; and has a post office‡ under London, NW. ...

The parish includes also Edgwarebury and part of the village of Elstree. Acres, 1, 979. Real property, £5, 677. Pop., 705. Houses, 148. The property is not much divided. The manor belonged formerly to the Lonspées, the Lacys, and others; and belongs now to All-Souls college, Oxford. Canons, an adjacent estate in Little Stanmore parish, belonged to the first duke of Chandos, and belongs now to David Begg, Esq. A magnificent palace was built on it by the Duke of Chandos, at a cost of upwards of £250, 000; and was the place where Handel composed much of his music, while acting as chapel-master to the Duke; but was pulled down in 1747. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of London. Value, 493.* Patron, Dr. John Lee. The church was rebuilt in 1845, but has the tower of a previous edifice. There are an Independent chapel, two national schools, and alms-houses with £131. Francis Coventry, the author of "Pompey the Little, " and Thomas Martyn, a Cambridge professor who died in 1797, were vicars.—The sub-district contains four parishes. Acres, 6, 737. Pop., 3, 423. Houses, 651.

Edgware through time

Edgware is now part of Barnet district. Click here for graphs and data of how Barnet has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Edgware itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Edgware, in Barnet and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th September 2021

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