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Published September 11th 2012
Mind your head when going into the attic
Lines of Pinner was established in 1883 by Harry Lines. Five generations later it is still a family run business that specialises in providing paints, wallpapers and fabrics for decorating. Pinnerites have benefited from the advice and products of the Lines family over the last 130 years and even the local playgroups have made use of old wallpaper books. The building itself is even older and dates back to the seventeenth century, where it can be found in historic Pinner High Street.
Harry Lines Outside the Original Shop
The shop may be an antique and the business may be well-established, but it's now being run by the younger generation of Jared and Kara. Kara, who has an MA in Graphic Design, joined two years ago and has already stamped her presence. The upper floor at Lines, 'The Attic', has been converted into an exhibition space for local artists and community groups.
Since its inception in March of this year, it has housed several displays of artworks, including one on William Morris, whose designs have been sold in the shop since 1965. Appropriately the upper space of the shop is decorated with Morris papers and fabrics, which ties up nicely with the age of the business.
Morris Fabrics in the Attic
The current exhibition is called 'I Made Him a Little Hat' and is inspired by photographs of the home of a local Ruislip resident. For the second half of September the presentation will be about stitching and crafting, and further exhibitions are already lined up and on the website, where details of all past events and talks can also be found.
Digital Artwork of Pinner High Street by Ann Kopka
Print of Pinner High Street by Clive Baxter
Downstairs in the main shop you can also browse and buy works of art, as well as wallpaper and fabrics, soft furnishings and paints and arrange to have your own furniture re-upholstered.
Lines and The Attic are further reasons to visit Pinner, but be careful to mind the beams when you go upstairs.