Public Local History Surgeries

The latest Lockdown might provide time for some long-delayed research projects, so just a reminder that the local history surgeries have restarted.  This is an opportunity for all members of the public, as well as members of the HHS and the Crouch End and District U3A to get advice and assistance on their own personal local history research.

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Ian Christie Wins TLA Book Award

R.W. Paul Camera
R.W. Paul Camera

Congratulations to Ian Christie for winning a prestigious TLA Book Award earlier this month. Ian won the 2019 Richard Wall Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance for his book Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema, published by University of Chicago Press.

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The Two Faithful Servants

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The story of the Two Faithful Servants plaque is moving towards a very satisfactory conclusion and featured this week in the local press.

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Public Local History Surgeries

John Hinshelwood is restarting the local history surgery.  This is an opportunity for all members of the public, as well as members of the HHS and the Crouch End and District U3A to get advice and assistance on their own personal local history research.

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HHS Talks 2020 – Update

the old schoolhouse

We have been in discussion with the Union Church on the corner of Weston Park and Ferme Park Road N8, regarding hire of the church hall where we hold our lectures and meetings.

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The Centenary of a Former Crouch End Resident

The plaque commemorating Frank Matcham's residence at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End
The plaque commemorating Frank Matcham’s residence at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End

Sunday, 17th May, was the centenary of Frank Matcham’s death, probably the most creative theatre architect the UK has produced. He was responsible for designing 150 spectacular buildings all over the country, of which 26 survive. For nine years, between 1895 and 1904, he lived at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End. In November 2007, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque to Matcham on the house.

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Once Upon a Time in Crouch End – Exhibition Postponed

Once Upon a Time in Crouch End 1860 – 1980 is a Shared Learning Project organised by the Crouch and District University of the Third Age and Hornsey Historical Society.  The planned display of this project, which was to be very generously accommodated by the ArtHouse Cinema in April and May has, unfortunately, had to be postponed but do look out for details in the Autumn.

This is a project that brings together members of the Crouch End U3A and the Hornsey Historical Society. This enabled six people who have an interest in the history of Crouch End but little or no experience of local history research, to discuss their ideas, research and put this together this exhibition of images from the extensive material in the HHS archive and interpret them to tell this pictures story of Crouch End.

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