Pinner Station first opened on 25th May 1885 as the then northern terminus of the Metropolitan Railway. It is the first station I’ve arrived and really felt removed from the built up atmosphere of Inner London.
While places like Richmond and Kew Gardens were more leafy than the average Zone 1 or 2 stop, they still felt fairly tightly packed in terms of housing, shops and activity. Pinner felt much less densely populated to any of the stops I’d visited so far.
Getting off at Pinner, you really do get the feel of being in a small town in the Home Counties. At the station, there was a noticeboard of the various local activity groups in Pinner – amateur dramatics, philosophy, local history… enough to keep any budding enthusiast busy!
Talking of local history, Pinner isn’t short of it. It was where the love child of Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton got run over by a Horse. It’s also Elton John’s birthplace. The surrealist cartoonist, Heath Robinson, also lived in Pinner, hence the Museum dedicated to him which we sadly didn’t have time to visit.
The Pub: The Oddfellow Arms, 2 Waxwell Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EN
A short walk through the town centre and up the hill brings you to The Oddfellows Arms, the pub recommended to me. It was fairly quiet on our early Saturday afternoon visit. The interior felt like a welcoming country pub, complete with wooden floorboards and comfy seats. The side seating area where we based ourselves had an interesting collection of board games including one I’d never heard of before – Worst Case Scenario. We didn’t risk finding out what that scenario was..
As well as Quiz Nights, which I was assured were very good, the pub also has regular Jazz and Music Nights. It also benefits from a spacious garden which I am sure came into its own over the past Summer.
According to the Hoodies on sale behind the bar, the pub has been going since the early 1850s. The pub itself was named after the ‘Oddfellows Society’, a group of local ‘friendly societies’ that delivered co-operative welfare provision to their members. The Oddfellows Arms still closes during the afternoon, and the bell for last orders rang shortly before 3pm. In our culture these days of relaxed(ish,..) licensing hours, it seemed strange to think at one point every pub was like this!
On finding out the pub was closing then, I asked the barmaid where else was good nearby. She said there was only one other pub as the others had closed due to trouble. I couldn’t imagine Pinner being an area you got much trouble, unless a meeting of the Local History Society got particularly heated..
If I lived in Pinner, I’d be very happy to have The Oddfellows Arms as my local!