London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

The Ancient Parish of Harefield

Harefield was an Ancient Parish in the county of Middlesex, where it formed part Elthorne hundred subdivision. Civil Parishes took over from Ancient Parishes in the 1860s, followed by Urban District Councils in 1894 and then London Boroughs in 1965. Harefield now forms part of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Surrounding it are the Middlesex parishes of Ruislip, Ickenham and Hillingdon, the Buckinghamshire parish of Denham and the Hertfordshire parishes of West Hyde and Rickmansworth.

The Society has produced a Parish Guide to Harefield.

St Mary the Virgin, Church Hill, Harefield

There has been a church here for hundreds of years and the current building does contain some medieval features – it is thought that the west wall of the nave may date from the 12th century. The church was heavily restored in 1768 and again in 1841. Records of the parish including baptisms (1538-1891), marriages (1538-1893) and burials (1538-1898) are at London Metropolitan Archives, Ref: DRO/080.