Our articles on the development of the Piccadilly Line extension cover some of the commercial and political elements of the process, but here are a few of the logistical points of interest. [Read more…] about The Piccadilly Line Extension: Did you know?
As we’ve seen, Parliamentary powers to build the Piccadilly Line extension were given in June 1930 and the first section of the extension from Finsbury Park to Arnos Grove opened for business in September 1932. Just over two years between conception and opening seems exceptionally speedy by today’s standards when large infrastructure projects seem inevitably to overrun. In fact, The London Electric Company (LER) under the stewardship of Frank Pick had been quietly working on the extension for many years. [Read more…] about The Piccadilly Line Extension: Part Two
Each month in 2019, using Hornsey Journal extracts, we have looked at the issues facing Hornsey and the country in 1919 and at their impact locally and nationally. The Hornsey Journal extract, 26 December 1919, makes it clear that solutions to these issues were as distant as when the year started and that pessimism about British and global instability had settled over the people of Hornsey like a black cloud. What were these uncertainties? [Read more…] about 1919 – 1920: The Uncertainties
The search for land by Hornsey Councillors also included their purchase of another site on which to locate the new town hall. This was Keller’s Field which lay between Middle Lane and Tottenham Lane in Hornsey. [Read more…] about The Proposed Town Hall: Postscript on Kellers Field
This building in Earlham Grove, Wood Green, serves all sections of the local Cypriot community, providing vital community services and facilities. The land it stands on has a long history, having been the site of a family home and educational establishment. What story has it to tell? [Read more…] about Before the Cypriot Community Centre
If you’ve visited the Albert Road Recreational Ground on the Bounds Green/Muswell Hill border over the last few weeks you’ll have notice an additional object of interest, commemorating a famous resident. [Read more…] about Oliver Tambo Statue Unveiled
Hornsey Historical Society’s Bulletin 59 (2018) was judged the best local history society journal submitted this year to the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS). [Read more…] about LAMAS Award for HHS Bulletin 59
Does reading the Hornsey Journal extract from November 1919 give you a feeling of déjà vu? Not only was the fervent promise to get a tube to Muswell Hill within three years not kept, an underground line to this north London suburb never materialised. [Read more…] about “I am going to get it” – A Politician’s Promise in November 1919 which came to nothing – plus ca change !
In October 1919 a repeating feature in the Hornsey Journal was the story of the national railway strike, which lasted nine days from midnight on the night of the 26-27th September until the 5th October. [Read more…] about The National Railway Strike, October 1919
We take it for granted today that from the more northerly reaches of the HHS district it can take under thirty minutes to get to central London by tube. This was not always the case. [Read more…] about The Piccadilly Line Extension: Part One