Knights in Shining Armour – Alexandra Palace’s Two Sir Galahads

Commemorative tablet to Edwin Wilmot Sloper
Commemorative tablet to Edwin Wilmot Sloper

During the Covid pandemic thousands of people have walked along Alexandra Palace’s south terrace admiring the spectacular views of London. How many have noticed the two carved tablets either side of the Great Hall’s main entrance? Or realised that the Palace’s recent huge financial losses are a recurring theme of its 148 year history?

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TELEVISION HOPES AND FEARS

An article from the North Middlesex Chronicle, 13th January 1940

The fact that the Alexandra Palace television studio is closed continues to be a very sore point with the founders of the system. It is feared that the lead gained before the war will be lost, as was the lead in films during the last war, never to be regained.

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Reflections on Tottenham Wood

Rooftop view of Alexandra Palace and park
Rooftop view of Alexandra Palace and park

During the coronavirus lockdown and the fine weather that accompanied it I took the opportunity to sit on my terrace in the New River Village to focus on the view of Alexandra Palace and its surrounding Park.

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HHS Visit to “The Secret Palace”


With visits to all public venues, including Alexandra Palace, postponed for the foreseeable future as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, we can read about an HHS outing to ‘The People’s Palace’ which provides an intriguing and evocative glimpse into the past.

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The 2020 HHS Bulletin

Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin Number 61, Logo

Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin 61 has just been published.   It is a long issue this time, full of interesting and varied articles, three of them by new contributors: Katy Ferguson on that wonderful local resource, the Park Road Lido, and David Pashley and Steven Wright, who have in very different ways explored the history of the roads in which they live, Mount View and Ferrestone. There is in fact a fourth contributor, but one no longer alive: Mr G. J. Richards, whose story of his long life and work at the now-defunct Barratt’s sweet factory in Wood Green was presented to the HHS in a hand-written manuscript by his son. This very personal (and very long) account has been edited down to manageable proportions.

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Alexandra Palace and Park during the First World War: further reading

German internee postcard featuring drawing of Alexandra Palace
Detail from a New Year Greetings card made by artist Tony Binder when interned at Alexandra Palace, 1915

HHS articles

Bulletin 49, 2008, ‘Pictures from the Palace’ (George Kenner’s paintings during Internment 1915 – 16) by Nick McCormick
Bulletin 58, 2017, ‘Music in Alexandra Palace Internment Camp’ by Patrick Hegarty-Morrish
Bulletin 59, 2018, ‘Historic Finds at Alexandra Palace’ by Kirsten Forrest
Also, Nick Allaway has written a series of articles entitled ‘Hornsey at War’ Parts 1 – 4 in Bulletins 55 – 59, 2014 – 2018, plus his article, ‘Hornsey after the Great War’, in Bulletin 60, 2019. These articles refer to events at the Palace as well as providing a wealth of information of how the war affected Hornsey. Please see our Bulletin catalogue and how to order copies of these or any of our publications.

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THE ALEXANDRA PALACE

An extract from an editorial in the Hornsey Journal, 6 June 1919

The statement was made not long ago that on the removal of the German prisoners from the Alexandra Palace the Government intended to use the premises as public offices.

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NEW ENTRANCE TO THE PALACE

An Advantage to Muswell Hill
An article from the Bowes Park Weekly News, 26 May 1906

For many months there has been an agitation for an entrance to the Alexandra Palace and Park from the top of Muswell Hill, and we are now informed on quite reliable authority that such an entrance is about to be opened.

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