An Overview of the HHS Photography Collections

Some photographs are from magazines and newsprint and some are photocopies. They cover Hornsey’s local areas and historic local buildings, other areas of Haringey and places outside Haringey such as Archway, East Finchley, Finsbury Park and Hampstead.

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The Barralet Collection

This collection consists of 64 photographs taken by Joseph Percy Barralet between 1886 and 1889 and donated by his nephew to HHS in 1981. It is an important example of how we rely for images of the past not only on professional photographers such as Alfred Braddock and on groups of like-minded enthusiasts as in the North Middlesex Photographic Society (NMPS) but also on the survival of photographs found in family albums.

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The Braddock Collection

Hornsey Historical Society holds the negatives of 30 Braddock photographs of Hornsey.

Alfred Braddock was a typical early photography enthusiast. He started his working life keeping a tobacconist and stationers shop in Hackney, became a keen amateur photographer in the 1870s and turned professional in the early 1880s. He took a large number of photographs in Hackney and then moved to live in Hornsey in 1890.

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