A report from the Hornsey Journal, 14thMarch 1919

William Foster Watson, 37, a turner’s engineer, of Inderwick Road, Hornsey, and Featherstone Buildings, Holborn, was charged at Bow Street on Saturday with seditious utterances in a speech at the Albert Hall, at a “Hand Off Russia” meeting, convened by the British Socialist Party.

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Hornsey Political Activist takes on the Establishment

William Foster Watson (see Hornsey Journal 14 March 1919 and 24 March 1919) used the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and the dock of Bow Street Police Court as platforms from which to proclaim his radical political beliefs. Today most of us know little or nothing about the events and organisations mentioned. What was the British Socialist Party? What was ‘Hands Off Russia’ about? Why were there strikes during and after the war? Who was George Lansbury?

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Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin 60 masthead

The articles in HHS’s Bulletin 60 focus on the century between the ending of the First World War and the present day.

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An article from the Hornsey Journal, 28th February 1919

The deaths took place at the end of last week under extremely sad circumstances, due to the influenza epidemic, of Mr and Mrs Edward Tubbs of Church-lane, Hornsey. Mr Tubbs who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs A E Tubbs of 45 Nightingale-lane, Hornsey, and was only married at Hornsey Parish Church on 5th December last, was demobilised on 14th January from the Navy in which he was a signaller. On Sunday week he and his wife were taken ill with influenza and this was followed by pneumonia. Mr Tubbs succumbed on Thursday night last week and Mrs Tubbs on Saturday afternoon.

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An obituary from the Hornsey Journal, 21st February 1919

The tiny band of Crimea veterans living in Hornsey has been made still smaller by the death of Mr. William Coombs. Mr Coombs went out with the expeditionary force to the Crimea as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.

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Hornsey’s Post War Housing Problem

Preston’s Court, off Hornsey High Street

The opening paragraph of the Hornsey Journal editorial, 7 February 1919 describes the housing shortage which Britain faced in the months after the 11th November 1918 Armistice. How would Hornsey Council tackle this shortage in 1919?

The urban development of Hornsey had occurred mainly during the previous fifty years with private builders supplying nearly all of this housing. It is important to note, however, that the new Hornsey municipal borough (1903) was one of the first in the country to build well-designed houses for working class men and their families, designed by its engineer and surveyor Edwin J Lovegrove.

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An Editorial from the Hornsey Journal, 7th February 1919

The housing problem is becoming more acute.  Building fell off about nine years ago, and it ceased altogether on the outbreak of war. Embarrassment was not felt severely at first, because a considerable number of households were broken up as men volunteered.

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Hornsey’s National Kitchens 1918-1919

Female cooks serving the public at a National Kitchen during the First World War

A Ministry of Food was established in December 1916 to combat food shortages and price inflation, results of the ‘submarine menace’.  Hornsey’s MP, Kennedy Jones, was appointed director-general of the Food Economy section.  What was Hornsey’s response? 

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An Article from the Hornsey Journal, 24th January 1919

A meeting of the Hornsey Food Control Committee was held at the offices, Topsfield Parade, Crouch End, on Saturday afternoon. 

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