COMMITTEES “GO TO WAR” OVER PROPOSED WAR MEMORIAL!

THE WAR MEMORIAL

An Editorial from The Hornsey Journal, 10th January 1919

A fortnight before Christmas a town’s meeting was called by the Mayor of Hornsey to receive proposals for a memorial “to commemorate the brave men of the borough who have given their lives for their country in the great War”.

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PHOSFERINE: A PROVEN REMEDY

An advertisement from the Hornsey Journal, 27th December 1918

RIFLEMAN WILLIAM OATWAY (M. M.) Royal Irish Rifles, British Expeditionary Force:

“I have very much pleasure in testifying to the beneficial effects derived from taking your Phosferine while on active service, because I was a Battalion Despatch Runner. ‘I was fortunate enough to have the Military Medal bestowed upon me for my work as a Despatch Runner—coming through fairly well, always keeping fit and never being subject to toothache, loss of appetite, headaches or any of the other ailments many of the men had, who were exposed to the same weather conditions as I was—in fact I carried on until I was knocked over by a big bit of shrapnel. Ever since I was in the Army I have taken Phosferine.”

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

An advertisement from the Hornsey Journal, 6th December 1918

Messrs Harvey and Shillingford

Crouch End, Hornsey and Stroud Green

Our firm has a small but well assorted stock which show exceptionally good “war value”. The coming Christmas promises to be a truly happy one, for the burden which has been hanging over us for the last four years has been removed.

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Restoration by Keith Armstrong

Front cover of Restoration by Keith Armstrong

To coincide with the reopening of the Alexandra Palace Theatre, Keith Armstrong’s book Restoration : Alexandra Palace The East Wing  is published on Monday 3rd December.

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Greenridings House: What was there before?

Greenridings House 2018
Greenridings House 2018

Greenridings House, a modern office block in the High Road Wood Green, houses a British Telecom switching centre. The building which stood on this site previously had a much more interesting appearance and history, as almshouses.   

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PEACE AT WOOD GREEN

An extract from the Bowes Park Weekly News, Saturday 16th November, 1918

“Peace” at Wood Green was celebrated with a good deal of noise and jollity.  Commerce-road had its flags out very early, for whispers of the Sign-up had gone round about breakfast time, and they were only waiting for the official confirmation.

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Keith Fawkes on BBC Radio London

BBC Microphone from 1944

In case you missed it you can listen to Hornsey Historical Society Chairman, Keith Fawkes, being interviewed about Hornsey on the Robert Elms’ programme on BBC Radio London last month.

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Before New River Village

The site of New River Village, circa 1833
The site of New River Village, circa 1833

The New River Village comprising 622 owner-occupied or rented apartments was built on a 15 acre site alongside Hornsey High Street between 2005 and 2007 by St. James Homes Ltd.  What was there before?

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