Activities organised by HHS Archives Team



                                        17 and 18 September 2016




The Old Schoolhouse

136 Tottenham Lane (corner of Rokesley Ave)

LondonN8 7EL

Tel 020 8348 8429 (answerphone)


Saturday 19 September


Muswell Hill Walk:

Muswell Hill’s Edwardian history in Architecture.


Meet 2pm outside Muswell Hill Library

(numbers limited to 45) approx duration 2 hours.

ending at North Bank, Pages Lane for tea



Saturday & Sunday 17/18 September

The Old Schoolhouse is open

10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday

10.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday

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.







Previous Events 

 Rookfield Estate Walk Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2.30pm


David Frith leads a walk round the The Rookfield Estate and explains the stages of development and the changes in the design of the houses on the as the work progressed.Muswell Hill’s Garden Suburb, Rookfield is unusual in that it was developed over nearly forty years with a wide variety of architectural styles. Among other things you will learn about the lakes and the cascade and see the ancient redwood tree. The walk ends at the Victoria Stakes (handy for refreshments!).

We meet at the corner of Park Road and Etheldene Avenue at 2.30 pm Sunday 7 September. The cost is £3 per person – no booking, but numbers limited to 35, so please arrive early to ensure a place.  



Hornsey Historical Society WW1 Exhibition

Hornsey Historical Society's Archive Team have mounted an Exhibition at the Health Centre, Park Road N8 on local soldiers who died in WW1 and are commemorated on the Boards in Hornsey Local War Memorial Chapel at the Park Road Health Centre. The exhibition runs fromThursday 31 July to Thursday 7 August from 10 am to 12 pm (weekdays only).

On Saturday 2 August (10 am to 12 pm) and on Sunday 3 August (2pm to 4pm), the exhibition will be at Hornsey Library, Harringay Park N8.

Do pay a visit, especially if you have relatives who took part in the Great War.


There is a page of information on each soldier and maps showing where they lived, along with other Hornsey wartime information, and the memorial itself can also be seen on weekdays.If you have a fallen WW1 soldier in your family, you might like to bring his name and date of death with you. HHS Members will be on hand to try and help you with information. Any enquiries, contact Joy (020 8348 8429).



Previous Events 

A Walk through the History of the Park at Alexandra Palace,
led by Stuart Little

Wednesday, June 26th 2013 at 6.30 pm
North View Road entrance, off Nightingale Lane, N8

Cost £2 - numbers limited, booking essential

Book on: 020 8348 8429

Starting Thursday 18 April 2013

Co.  .  .  . urse: Aspects of Education in the Ancient Parish of Hornsey to 1965

A course of 6 illustrated seminars to be led by John Hinshelwood and Janet Owen at the Old Schoolhouse, Tottenham Lane, N8.

  • 6 seminars on Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm: £65 (inc refreshments)
  • 18 & 25 April; 2, 9, 16 & 23 May
  • Single lecture (if spaces available): £15 

During April and May, John Hinshelwood and Janet Owen are conducting Seminars at The Old Schoolhouse exploring different aspects of the education of Hornsey children through the ages. The seminars will place education for children from Hornsey in the context of provision in London and Middlesex from the mediaeval period until the formation of the London Borough of Haringey.

The first seminar covers schooling to the 17th century and the schools available to children of the parish of Hornsey. The next session explores the development and practice of schooling in the parish with regard to particular schools. The increasing involvement of the State and its impact on Hornsey schools is the subject of the third session; and the reasons for the 1870 Education Act and the formation of the Hornsey School Board the subject of seminar four. The penultimate session looks at early twentieth-century local education authority provision of secondary schooling. The course concludes with the emergence of a comprehensive system of schooling for all children as part of the welfare state.

Numbers are limited, so please apply soon. Cheque for £65 (payable to Hornsey Historical Society) to: The Archivist, The Old Schoolhouse, 136 Tottenham Lane, London N8 7EL.

Full programme is shown below:

Week 1 - April 18 The suburban parish and early education
Week 2 - April 25 Voluntary and private schooling before the 19th century
Week 3 - May 2 The involvement of the State with National and British Schools
Week 4 - May 9 The Education Act of 1870 and the local Board Schools
Week 5 - May 16 Early 20th century - Hornsey Local Education Authority and its schools
Week 6 - May 23 Schooling from 1944

Further information: Joy Nichol: 020 8348 8429