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Pinner (St. John the Baptist)

PINNER (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Hendon, hundred of Gore, county of Middlesex, 2½ miles (N. W. by W.) from Harrow; containing 1331 inhabitants. This place received a grant from Edward III. of a weekly market, and two fairs, one on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and the other on the decollation of the same saint. The London and Birmingham railway passes through the parish. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £100; patron, the Vicar of Harrow; appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford. The church is a large edifice, chiefly of flints, erected in the year 1321; in it lies interred Sir Bartholomew Shower, an eminent lawyer in the time of James II. Here died, in 1798, John Zephaniah Holwell, governor of Bengal, who published a curious account of his confinement, with many other persons, in the Black Hole at Calcutta.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.