Monopoly - Harrow School Edition
Harrow School Enterprises Limited (HSEL) is proud to bring you this very special piece of Harroviana. If you were to think of any board game with the most international brand recognition and sales, Monopoly should come at the top of the list. Loved the world over, this game has captured the hearts and minds of generations of armchair entrepreneurs as well as causing innumerable family arguments!
The famous streets and landmarks of the Monopoly board have been renamed as Harrow School becomes an official version of the game. Old Harrovians, boys, parents and friends of the School are now able to buy their old House, or get a mortgage on Old Schools as the classic family game combines with the venerable and beloved landmarks of Harrow School.
The project started in 2010 when a version of Oundle Monopoly (School and Town) was sent to Mr Barnaby Lenon, then Head Master of Harrow School. The first, and potentially most controversial, decision was which Houses should go on which squares. All the boarding houses are included, valued by date of construction, with the oldest being the highest value. It was hoped that this logic would preclude any inter-House rivalry, but one House Master, who shall remain nameless, was nevertheless heard to enquire as to whom he should talk to about changing the valuation of his House!
The remaining properties are made up of buildings linked to the arts (the Ryan Theatre, Music Schools and Art Schools), buildings linked to food (the Shepherd Churchill Hall and Hill Café) and the most historic parts of the School (Old Schools being the Mayfair of Harrow Monopoly). Stations have become School Grounds, while services such as Water & Electricity have become Chapel and the Vaughan Library.
Boys got a chance to become involved with the creation of the Community Chest and Chance cards. Harrow School Enterprises visited three boarding houses (Druries, Newlands and The Grove) to obtain suggestions for what traditions and quirks of Harrow should make up both sets of cards. Players can expect to be put on Custos Report and pay £50!
All in all the game promises to be an excellent addition to any boardgame collection and a unique and fun gift for anyone connected with Harrow School. Purchase online now or in person at the Hill Shop or via telephone on 0208 872 8212.