Charlotte Cowdroy (1864-1932): A Headmistress with Trenchant Educational Ideas

This is the second article in our 2022 series – Hornsey Personalities of the Past

Charlotte Cowdroy, 1864 - 1932
Charlotte Cowdroy, 1864 – 1932

Charlotte Cowdroy earned a national reputation for herself as headmistress of the school she owned – Crouch End High School and College (1900-1974), which educated girls between the ages of 6 and 16 with a few staying on a year or two longer. It took boarders also. Miss Cowdroy’s strong beliefs of how girls should be educated in the 20th century raise our eyebrows quizzically in the third decade of the 21st century.

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Going?..Going? The Protracted story behind 87 Muswell Hill Broadway

We resume our 2022 series on Church buildings which have changed their function with this second article.

The building as it looks today, 2 January 2022
The building as it looks today, 2 January 2022

On the corner of the Broadway and Princes Avenue N10 stands an imposing building with a corner tower surmounted by a copper spirelet, white flint walls, large tracery windows and Ruabon brick mouldings round the doors. The signs outside reads, ‘Miller & Carter Steakhouse’ but on the east wall is a tablet stating, ‘To the Glory of God. This Stone was Laid by Henry Robson Esq. 24th May 1902’. What on earth has been going on?

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession Part III

SORROW FOR THE KING: LOYALTY TO THE QUEEN

Hornsey Journal 15th February 1952

Standing in respectful silence, a full muster of the members of Hornsey Borough Council at a special meeting on Monday (11th Feb.) unanimously passed a resolution to send an address of condolence, sympathy and loyalty to the Queen and the Royal Family.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession Part II

King George VI died at Sandringham House on 6th February 1952. On 11th February his coffin was taken to London by train. Below are Hornsey Journal extracts from 15th February edition of how the people of Hornsey became personally involved. NB. This account places the Royal train passing through Hornsey first (2.37pm), when chronologically, it had passed through Harringay slightly earlier (2.35pm).

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession

King George VI died in his sleep early in the morning of Wednesday, 6th February, 1952.  Below are Hornsey Journal extracts of the 8th February edition of how the news was received in the Borough of Hornsey

A fragment of the front page of the Hornsey Journal, Friday 8th February 1952
A fragment of the front page of the Hornsey Journal, Friday 8th February 1952

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What Price Historical Architectural Heritage?

The first article in our new series on Church Buildings which have changed their Function

In 2022 we will be looking at some buildings, specifically churches, which have changed their function or have been knocked down and replaced, usually by residential accommodation of one type or another.

Demolished interior of Park Chapel, Crouch End, 1981
Demolished interior of Park Chapel, Crouch End, 1981

In this first article we explore some of the issues surrounding the redundancy of such buildings, consider their fate and the place of such buildings in the historical landscape in which they are/were situated.

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W B Tegetmeier: The Birds and the Bees in 19th Century Muswell Hill

This is the first article in a new series for 2022 – Hornsey Personalities of the Past

W B Tegetmeier by Girardot
W B Tegetmeier by Girardot

The 19th century naturalist who immediately comes to mind is Charles Darwin whose seminal work, The Origin of Species, (1859) rocked the sedate world and beliefs of the Victorian Establishment. It is, therefore, surprising to learn that Darwin rated W B Tegetmeier an authority on several species of birds and on bees and corresponded with him for years. Indeed, Tegetmeier’s house in St James’s Lane, Muswell Hill, came to be known as ‘The Bee House’ as a result of his extensive work studying and breeding them.

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Hornsey in History: Pin’s or (Muswell) Hill

A 1972 series of Hornsey Journal articles by Ian Murray, first Chairman of Hornsey Historical Society and Haringey Council Archivist. The HHS gratefully acknowledges the kind permission of Archant/Ham and High to reproduce this article.

The View down Muswell Hill in 1822 by T M Baynes 1794 - 1852
The View down Muswell Hill in 1822 by T M Baynes 1794 – 1852

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A Hundred Years Since the Opening of the Hornsey War Memorial on 11 November 1921

Hornsey War Memorial
Hornsey War Memorial

We may think that we have nothing in common with the people who waited silently and reflectively at the opening of the Hornsey War Memorial in Park Road on 11th November 1921 but that is not so. We are joined by the word ‘pandemic’, not Spanish Flu this time but Covid 19, and how many people waiting patiently the mandatory 15 minutes after their first, second or booster Covid jab in a room off Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre in Park Road, N8, realise that they are sitting inside the Hornsey War Memorial?

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