Edgware in 1839
Edgware is in Gore hundred, 8 miles from Tyburn turnpike, on the road to Watford and Aylesbury. The parish has an area of 1,990 acres, with a population, in 1831, of 591. The place has one long straggling street, but contains some respectable houses. The church is of brick, and was built about the middle of the last century ; the tower, more ancient, is of flint and stone. The market, which was formerly held on Thursday, has been discontinued for many years. The west side of the main street is in the parish of Stanmore Parva, or Whitchurch. Near this place is Canons, a neat villa, erected on the site and from the materials of a stately mansion built by the duke of Chandos, whose tasteless vanity, as displayed in this establishment, was bitterly satirised by Pope in his ‘Moral Essays’ (Ep. iv). The church of Stanmore Parva, close to the park of Canons, was decorated by the duke. Little Stanmore has an area of 1,420 acres, with a population, in 1831, of 876. The living of Edgware is a vicarage, of the clear yearly value of £493, with a glebe-house ; that of Stanmore Parva is a perpetual curacy, of the clear yearly value of £267, with a glebe house. The two parishes had, in 1833, one infant or dame school, with 41 children ; eight day-schools (one endowed), with 152 children ; and two Sunday-schools, with 91 children.