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It is often assumed because of its name that the responsibility for the administration and management of the Harefield Parochial Charities rests with the Church in Harefield, the Diocese or the Church Commissioners. This is not the case. However, the Vicar of the day of the ecclesiastical parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Harefield, is always an ex-officio Trustee. In addition, four other Trustees appointed in accordance with the Scheme’s governing document administer and manage the Charities.

The centre of Harefield.

Harefield, which lies at the northwest extremity of Greater London in the London Borough of Hillingdon, is completely surrounded by the Metropolitan Green Belt. As such, it is the last remaining village in London, where the ancient pattern of an agricultural village has not been overlaid by modern development.

The six ancient Charities were;