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Our next talk

Wednesday 8 March 2017

 

TOTTENHAM'S FORGOTTEN HOUSES

 

Valerie Crosby

 

A look at the splendid small mansions which once adorned Tottenham

in the days when it was home to Lord Mayors, Aldermen, wealthy merchants,

members of the court and wealthy Quakers, from the Middle Ages

to their decline in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

 

Doors open 7.30pm.. Tallk starts 8pm prompt. 

URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8  

Visitors welcome. Donation £2 requested.








Hornsey Church Tower:

Past, Present & Future


Peter Sanders & Janet Owen


Wednesday 8 February 8pm 

    

Doors open 7.30pm. talk starts 8pm prompt. 

URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8  

Donation £2 requested from visitors.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 12 October 2016

 

 The Great Fire of London 

 

  Illustrated talk by Marianne Zierau

 

Doors open 7.30pm. talk starts 8pm prompt. 

URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8  

Donation €€£2 requested from visitors.




Wednesday 8 June 2016


Looking for Victor Hember: The Battle of the Somme


by Hugh & Christopher Garnsworthy


HHS member Hugh Garnsworthy has been researching his family history and found a topical connection with the Battle of the Somme, the centenary of which falls next month.


Doors open 7.30pm for sales and refreshments. Talk starts 8pm prompt.

URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8 9PX.

Visitors welcome, donation €€£2 requested.

 




Haringey Local History Fair

at Bruce Castle

Saturday 20 February

11.00am - 4.30p


We have a stall as usual at the Local History Fair. Also talks:


11.15am Janet Owen €€€€and Peter Sanders -

our latest book 'The Ivy-Mantled Tower'

The history of St Mary's Hornsey

by Bridget Cherry


4.05pm Albert Pinching - an appreciation of

Ken Gay (1923 - 2015)






Wednesday 10 February 2016


The Evolution of Hornsey Town Hall

by Steve Amor


Steve Amor will explain, as far as possible, the background to the development and construction of Hornsey Town Hall. Using information, graphics and photos contemporary to the town hall’s construction Steve will try to explain the decisions and actions taken by Hornsey Borough Council to secure for themselves and the community a new, modern Civic Centre in Crouch End that would put the borough clearly on the civic map, as the members and officers so clearly wanted.

We are very fortunate in having a wealth of historical and physical material associated with the Town Hall locally, and a fine, largely unchanged campus of buildings on the Broadway at Crouch End still available for reference and examination. Steve emphasises the contribution this historical material still makes today, and in particular shows the quality of Reginald Uren’s designs and concepts for the first modern town hall in London and even Britain.

Steve Amor is a Project Manager, Property and Planning, for Haringey Council with a long history of working on the town hall’s maintenance, conservation and preservation through the last ten years.  

Hornsey Town Hall's story spans many decades and this short talk will only be able to offer a glimpse of the complex and significant aspects of its creation, a glimpse well worth seeing. 


Doors open 7.30pm for sales and refreshments. Talk starts 8pm prompt.

URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8 9PX.

Visitors welcome, donation €€£2 requested.





Wednesday 9 December at 8pm

An illustrated talk on the fascinating  history of the Highbury Sluice House and Eel Pye House

 by John Hinshelwood

Talk starts 8pm prompt at URC Hall, cnr Weston Park/Ferme Park Road N8 9PX. Visitors welcome, donation €€£2 requested.




 

NOW ON SALE!

  
Ivy-Mantled Tower

A History of the Church and Churchyard
of St Mary Hornsey, Middlesex
 

Ivy-Mantled Tower is a hard-back book with 138 pages and 202 illustrations, retailing at £19.50. It tells the compelling story of a succession of buildings from the medieval church with its bell tower (which still stands) to an 1833 church, followed by a late Victorian one which was demolished in 1969. But all has not been lost! The ancient tower has been rescued from dereliction and the neglected churchyard transformed thanks to the support of the Rectors of Hornsey and the diligent work of volunteers, many the Friends of Hornsey Church Tower.  

The Ivy-mantled Tower can now be purchased from the Old Schoolhouse.

  – an excellent addition to your own bookshelf and an ideal birthday and Christmas present for friends and relatives.

 



Wednesday 11 November 

Shell-Shocked Great Britain

illustrated talk by Suzie Grogan

 

STOP PRESS

Speaker Suzie Grogan has unfortunately had an accident and is unable to mak it tonight 11 November  but has kindly emailed her Shellshocked presentation, which will be given on her behalf by Rachael Macdonald.
  

Millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War trenches, but how new was what we now know as ‘shell shock’? What treatments were on offer? And what happened after the men came home?
Inspired by a tragic family story that took place n Hornsey Rise in 1922, writer and researcher, Suzie Grogan, reveals the First World War's legacy for soldiers, their families, the communities they lived in and the nation as a whole. The talk will include discussions on the rise of spiritualism, the impact of the Spanish influenza outbreak, air raids on the Home Front, the trauma experienced by the survivors, and why the conflict still resonates into the 21st century.
Suzie Grogan is a London-born professional writer and researcher in the fields of social and family history and mental health. Suzie's first book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days: Untangling Lives Affected by Depression and Anxiety was published in 2012 and her second Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War's legacy for Britain's mental health in 2014. Suzie also writes for a wide variety of national magazines. She also runs a popular blog, 'No wriggling out of writing', and presents a local radio show on literature, called ‘Talking Books’.

The talk is at 8pm prompt at URC Hall, corner of Ferme Park Road/Weston Park N8 9PX. Doors open 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Donation £2 requested.

 

 

 

Wednesday 14 October 8pm

 

Drama at the Palace 

Victorian Heyday:

The Alexandra Palace Theatre 1873 – 1901

  

The Alexandra Palace, including its large state of the art Theatre, opened on 24 May 1873 and burnt to the ground 16 days later. 

A second Palace was built – including a 2,000-seat Theatre – and reopened in less than two years on 1 May 1875. The Theatre used the most up-to-date technology then available and its wooden stage, with its traps and bridges, is one of the last remaining examples in the country. Its opera and drama productions brought the West End to north London, and its spectacular pantomimes drew full admiring houses. Some of the leading production companies of the age brought top actors, singers, dancers and entertainers to Alexandra Palace.

 

The story of the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the story of Victorian theatre itself, when theatre, in all its forms from farce to Shakespeare, was the mass entertainment of the growing urban population.

 

Nigel Willmott and Patricia Brearey, respectively the current Chair and Secretary of the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre, tell us about the performances in the Theatre in the Victorian period, from opera to variety and the keynote pantomimes; and the performers, directors and designers who brought the productions to life.

 

 

 

The talk is at 8pm prompt at URC Hall, corner of Ferme Park Road/Weston Park N8 9PX. Doors open 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Donation £2 requested.

 

 

 

  



OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

19 and 20 September 2015
HORNSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
 
The Old Schoolhouse
136 Tottenham Lane (corner of Rokesley Ave)
LondonN8 7EL
Tel 020 8348 8424 (answerphone)

Saturday 19 September
 
Muswell Hill Walk:
Muswell Hill’s Edwardian history in Architecture.
Meet 2pm outside Muswell Hill Library
(numbers limited to 30) approx duration 2 hours.
ending at North Bank, Pages Lane for tea

Sunday 20 September
 
The Old Schoolhouse is open 11am to 4pm

 
An exhibition of the development of the Parish Infants' Schoolhouse, a small
early Victorian Infant schoolbuilding from 1848,
showing how the original building was set out and used.
An exhibition on John Farrer, architect for the Warner Estate and many roads in Hornsey
Self-Guided Tours available

 


FIRST TALK OF THE SEASON 2015-16

Wednesday 9 September

 

Hornsey College of Art: Six Weeks in '68

illustrated talk by Chris Arnold

Hornsey Historical Society's first talk of the season relates the momentous events at Hornsey College of Art in 1968, described by former student of the college Chris Arnold, perhaps better known as founder of the popular Crouch End Festival.

The talk is at 8pm prompt at URC Hall, corner of Ferme Park Road/Weston Park N8 9PX. Doors open 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Donation £2 requested.