Hornsey Historical Society Lectures 2015-16

 9 Sep           Hornsey College of Art: Six weeks in '68 - Chris Arnold 


14 Oct           Drama at the Palace - Nigel Willmott & Pat Brearey


11 Nov          Shell-shocked - Suzie Grogan 


 9 Dec           The Highbury Sluice House - John Hinshelwood


13 Jan          The Friern Hospital Story - David Berguer


10 Feb          Evolution of Hornsey Town Hall - Steve Amor


 9 Mar           Another Kind of Life: Dickens & the Theatre - Dr Tony Williams


13 Apr          Shakespeare's London Theatreland - Julian Bowsher 


11 May         The Day Peace Broke Out - Mike Brown


 8 Jun           Searching for Victor Hember: The Battle of the Somme


                      - Hugh Garnsworthy


13 Jul          AGM and social evening












Events programme 2014-15


 10 Sept  Alexandra Palace: The Way Forward   Duncan Wilson OBE, CEO Alexandra Palace

 8 Oct     The Local Black Education Movement and the Work of the George Padmore Institute

                Sarah Garrod, Archivist George Padmore Institute

 12 Nov  The Crocus King: E A Bowles of Myddelton House  Bryan Hewitt, Snr Gardener Myddelton House

10 Dec  Bounds Green: A Fascinating Corner of Haringey  Albert Pinching


 14 Jan "We Will Not Fight": Hornsey’s WW1 Conscientious Objectors   Jennifer Bell MBE

 11 Feb  Hornsey Wood House    John Hinshelwood

 11 Mar Brunel’s Thames Tunnel: The Eighth Wonder of the World  Robert Hulse

 8 Apr  The Natural History of Haringey’s Ancient Woodlands    David Bevan

 13 May Flat-Packed Churches   Marianne Zierau

 10 June The Cinema Museum   Martin Humphries

 8 July   AGM & Social Evening



Events programme 2013-14


Sep 11 The Development of London’s Distillery Industry to 1820 Brian Strong

Oct 9 St Mary, Hornsey: Tombs and Monuments Bridget Cherry

Nov13 The Story of Brownswood in Hornsey John Hinshelwood

Dec 11 Dig for Victory Russell Bowes


Jan 8 Fight the Good Fight: The Battle for the Survival of the Muswell Hill Schools Janet Owen

Feb 12 A View of the New River: 400 Years of Fresh Water for London Rachael Macdonald

Mar 12 She Dared to be a Doctor: The Story of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Eleri Rowlands

Apr 9 Returning to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Dr. Tony Williams

May 14 Treasures andthe Tower of London Garry Wykes

Jun 11 A Virtual Tour of E J Lovegrove’s late 19th-Century Estate Jennifer Bell and Lesley Ramm

Jul 9 AGM & Social Evening




Lectures, Events and Visits, and Other Activities planned for 2012 - 2013

Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances outside our control, planned events may have to be changed. Please check for announcements under 'News'. Many people find it even more convenient to sign up for our 'News by e-mail', which immediately notifies any changes as well as new events. Both options are in the left side menu.

Lecture programme 2012 - 2013

Lectures take place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Union Church Hall (click for info), on the corner of Ferme Park Road and Weston Park, N8. Refreshments are available from 7.45pm. Doors close and talks start at 8pm prompt. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

Talks are free to HHS members. A donation of £1 is requested from visitors.


Sep 12    Fields into streets: A Hidden Jacobean House in Hornsey    Gillian Tindall

Oct 10    Alexandra Palace - Restoration after the 1980 Fire    Richard Loren

Nov 14    The History of the Old Schoolhouse     Marius Reynolds and Paul Travis

Dec 12    The History of Lord’s Cricket Ground    Stephen Green


Jan 9      The History of Wanstead House     Stephen Denford

Feb 13    Music Hall Memories on Film    Roger Fillary and Keith Fawkes

Mar 13    The Building of St Paul's Cathedral    Dr Neil Houghton

Apr 10    The Alchemy of Dust - Waste and Recycling in 19th-century London    Dr. Peter Hounsell

May 8      Arthur Morrison and 'A Child of the Jago'     Stan Newens

Jun 12     The Coronation and Our Palace     John Thompson

Jul 11     AGM & Social Evening 

Programme of events 2012 - 2013

Please note that these are usually open only to HHS members and their guests, but please check 'News' for updates.


Sep 13    Visit to Little Holland House 

Sep 22    Muswell Hill Walk (Open House Weekend) 

Sep 29    Coach Outing to Gardens of Easton Lodge and Kentwell Hall (Tudor re-enactment day) 

Oct 11    Southend by paddle-steamer PS Waverley

Oct 21    Crouch End Hills Walk (check News for details) 

Nov 21    Visit to Battle of Britain Ops Room 

Dec 11    Visit to Chapel of King’s College London 


Jan 21   Visit to Magic Circle Museum

Mar 2    Visit to Brook Street Chapel, Tottenham

Mar 22  Visit to William Morris Gallery 

17 Apr  Visit to Denis Severs’ House

18 Apr  Course 'Education in the Ancient Parish of Hornsey to 1965' starts (see below)

23 May Visit to College of Arms & St Benet's Welsh Church 

19 Jun Richmond’s galleries by boat 

26 Jun History Walk round Alexandra Park 

6 Jul    Summer Coach Outing to Faversham Open House

Further information on these and other proposed visits together with booking forms will be published in or enclosed with the Newsletter, and announced here and via our 'News by e-mail' (see left side menu for more information on this).

Activities at the Old Schoolhouse

You'll find the OSH at the corner of Rokesly Avenue and Tottenham Lane, N8. We restored and conserve it to be our headquarters, shop and archive repository. Details of opening times and location including maps and images are here: Old Schoolhouse.

Art Classes Wednesdays 11 am - 2.00 pm (more information from tel: 020 8889 7918).

Course - Aspects of Education in the Ancient Parish of Hornsey to 1965.  Starting Thur 18 April, a course of 6 illustrated seminars to be led by John Hinshelwood and Janet Owen at the Old Schoolhouse, Tottenham Lane, N8. Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm. Full details here: Archives Events.

Oral History Group A lively oral history group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 2 to 4 pm, at The Old Schoolhouse, with refreshments. For more information, call in or phone The Old Schoolhouse.