St Mary’s Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill

The church occupies a prominent position, close to Harrow School, at the top of the hill’s highest point giving long range views across London on a clear day.

Photos with a red border are virtual tours which work like Google Street View. All pictures taken on 29th April 2023.

Climbing The Tower

The climb to the top starts with a narrow, and low, spiral staircase to reach the level inside the tower where the bells are rung from.

Two steep ladders then go into the belfry and then up to the inside of the spire.

The first ladder from the bell ringing level up into the belfry.

The belfry. The top of the access ladder can be seen to the bottom left of the leftmost bell.

The top of the access ladder coming up from the belfry to the inside of the spire.

Bell Ringing Level

The spiral staircase links the ground floor up to the bell ringing level.

When not in use, the bell ropes are tied up safely out of use.

Disappearing up into the ceiling, the ropes thread their way up to the bells.

The Church Roof

A low access door leads from the bell ringing position on to the roof.

The whole roof can be walked upon, right up to the edge which is protected by a low, battlement wall.

From the roof level, the views over London are partially obscured by high trees.

The Belfry

The ropes from the bell ringing level thread up through the floor and on to the wheels which move the bells to make them ring.

During the visit, all but one of the bells where in the upright position ready to ring for Sunday service.

The only bell hanging down enabled visitors to have a go tolling the bell safely without danger of them getting caught up in a rogue rope.

Ten bells hang in the belfry. The bell frame was replaced in the 1960s with the current steel version.

The largest of the bells showing 1683, the year of its manufacture. The newest bells date from 1978 which were cast to mark the 1977 Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Some of the bells were cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

The Spire


Looking up the spire from the SE corner of the tower.

Looking straight up, inside the centre of the spire. The platform access ladder to the left.

The ladder reaching up to the platform towards the top of the spire.

The View From The Tower

RAF Northolt

Wembley Stadium

The City of London and Canary Wharf

Views around the tower

North West

Views North are
obscured by high trees.

North East


From its high vantage point, there are views across London.


South West


South East

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