- Harold Hill
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= Harold Hill
Harold Hill is a place in the
London Borough of Havering, East London, England. It is a suburban development situated 16.6 miles (26.7 km) east north-east of Charing Cross.
Harold Hill is a large-scale post war development and part of the
New Townsmovement at the end of the World War II, an attempt to move large sections of the population from poor conditions in central districts to the more pleasant surroundings of the suburbs. The success of the plan is a matter for debate.
Transport and locale
Unlike the comparable
Becontreedevelopment, Harold Hill was built without direct connection to the London Undergroundor National Railservices. Transport for Londonprovides bus routes 174, 256, 294, 496 and 499 with connections to tube and rail and are planning that the East London Transitwill serve the area.
Gidea Park railway station
Harold Wood railway station
Ian Dury, known for references to places in Essexand London, name-checked Harold Hill in his popular song "This Is What We Find" on his 1978 album "Do It Yourself":
cquote|Home improvement expert Harold Hill from Harold Hill
Of do it yourself dexterity and double glazing skill
Came home to find another gentlemen's kippers in the grill
so he sanded off his winkle with his
Black & DeckerDrill|10px|10px| Ian Dury
The song set all three of its verses in real places the others were
Turnham Greenand Lambeth Walk. In his 2CD "Retrospective Reasons To be Cheerful" produced by Repertoire RecordsDury stated that he never wrote another verse as good as Harold Hill's verse.
* [http://www.haroldhill.org Harold Hill: A People's History]
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