Saturday, 22 September 2012

Tookes Green etc

A while back I took some pictures in Tookes Green in Pinner.  Tookes Green is a small triangular green on sloping land at the junction of three roads, with a few trees and seats and bordered with setts, a boulder at each corner. In the centre is a granite drinking fountain on an octagonal stepped base, erected here by the inhabitants of Pinner in 1886 to commemorate William Arthur Tooke, JP who had lived at Pinner Hill House.
The inscription on the fountain reads: 'I was thirsty and ye gave me drink'. William Arthur Tooke was the grandson of William Tooke of Pinner Hill Estate who inherited the estate on the death of his father in 1871. He took a leading role in the life of the parish and paid for the restoration of the parish church of St John (q.v.) in 1880. When he died in 1884 he was buried in the churchyard. Pinner Hill estate was later was leased by Pinner Hill Golf Club from Middlesex County Council.
Sources consulted:
Ken Kirkman 'A History of Pinner Hill House and Estate', Albury Enterprises, 1993; Walter W Druett 'Pinner Through the Ages' (1st published by Hillingdon Press, 1937, reprinted by Ringstead Press, 1980) 

Video of Pictures copyright the Pinner Blogger - also shots of goods left outside a Pinner Charity shop out of hours - an anti social and criminal act, also some rubbish or somebody's clothes thrown in the River Pinn, a domestic tiff?


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