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55 Pinner Hill Road

Elton John's Birthplace and First Childhood Home

Elton John's birthplace
Elton John's birthplace
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2001

55 Pinner Hill Road
London HA5

On This Very Spot on March 25, 1947, the future Elton John was born and named Reginald Dwight. The modest council house was actually that of his maternal grandparents, with whom his parents were living.

On This Very Spot, four-year-old Reginald Dwight, the future Elton John, one day picked out "The Skater's Waltz" by ear on the piano.

On This Very Spot the young boy suffered under his father's unapproving gaze and overbearing attitude. Elton carried into adulthood the memory of being told that he couldn't kick his ball around the garden of this house. He later said that his wild clothes and stage performances were his way of making up for his restrictive childhood.

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Condition: This spot looks essentially the same as it did at the time.

Public Access: This is a private residence and is not open to the public. DO NOT TRESPASS on this property or disturb the occupants in any way!

Parking: Free public parking is available along the street.

Location: Pinner is located in the northwest part of London just south of the Watford area.

Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow or London Gatwick

Directions: The easiest way to see the Elton John sights in Pinner is to take the Blue Line tube from London to the Northwood Hills station. The Northwood Hills Pub is directly across from the station. To see the other spots, turn right out of the station or left out of the pub and go to the bottom of Joel Street. Continuing straight across will take you up Potter Street, site of Elton's second childhood home, which is on the left at 111 Potter Street. Turning right will take you down Pinner Road, site of Frome Court, Elton's teenage home which is on the left just past the sports fields. To see Elton's first childhood home at 55 Pinner Hill Road, continue up Potter Street and turn right onto Pinner Hill Road, or continue down Pinner Road, turn left on Pinner Green, then left onto Pinner Hill Road.

Latitude: 51.601000; Longitude: -0.396000

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