Memories of Grove Lodge as a Children’s Home


It was quite strange in the late 1980s being uprooted from Cambridge in the middle of the night and being taken to London to go into foster care. I watched from the car and tried not to cry – even in the dark London scared me. But fear gave way to surprise when I saw that we had arrived in an attractive part of London and were passing Alexandra Palace, which to all us teenagers was known as ‘Ally Pally’. The car struggled up the steep hill and turned right into a driveway.

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Grove Lodge, Muswell Hill


There were three large houses on the eastern side of Muswell Hill until the late 19th century – Bath House, The Grove and Grove Lodge. By far the oldest site was the one which still remains, Grove Lodge.

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Ivy Mantled Tower

As the Old Schoolhouse has been closed, we’ve been running an occasional series sharing extracts from HHS publications. Ivy-Mantled Tower was published in 2015. Its author, Bridget Cherry, is Vice President of HHS and an architectural historian who worked for many years as author and editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. This is an extract from Chapter 2 Interpreting the Building: The Evidence for the Medieval Church.

Hornsey Church from the south east by Thomas Prattent, European Magazine, 1797
Hornsey Church from the south east by Thomas Prattent, European Magazine, 1797

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The Methodist Church in Muswell Hill and North Bank – a Survivor!


Visitors discover a most unusual combination in Pages Lane: a modern church situated neatly between the mid-Victorian family house of North Bank and its stable block. The house, dating from around 1860, was built as one of Muswell Hill’s numerous Victorian villas with estates.

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William Wallace and ‘The Flying Spur’ plaque in Southwood Lane, Highgate

In Memory of Malcolm Stokes, long standing and much-valued member of the HHS Publications Committee, who passed away on 19th July. Malcolm lived at Southwood Park, on the site of Southwood Court, where the William Wallace plaque can still be seen in the boundary wall on Southwood Lane. Our condolences to Isobel, his widow.



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The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill


The Old Dairy is located at the bottom of Crouch Hill (Haringey) at its junction with Hanley Road (Islington). These fine buildings are now a café, restaurant and public house. Its name and the sgraffito panels on the Crouch Hill side indicate that it was connected with the dairy industry. What is the building’s history?

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The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, Undated

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SHAFTESBURY HALL- NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY

An extract from an article in the Bowes Park Weekly News, 14th January 1905

The Rev. Winston Haines presided last Wednesday evening over the nineteenth anniversary of Shaftesbury Mission Hall, Bowes Park Station.

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The Athenaeum, Muswell Hill

As the Old Schoolhouse is closed for the time being, we thought we’d share some extracts from HHS publications over the coming weeks and months.  Cinemas of Haringey by Jeremy Buck was published by HHS in 2010 and includes a section on The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, Fortis Green Road, 1905
The Athenaeum, Fortis Green Road, 1905

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