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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The Centenary of Former Crouch End Resident, Frank Matcham

The plaque commemorating Frank Matcham's residence at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End
The plaque commemorating Frank Matcham’s residence at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End

Sunday, 17th May, was the centenary of Frank Matcham’s death, probably the most creative theatre architect the UK has produced. He was responsible for designing 150 spectacular buildings all over the country, of which 26 survive. For nine years, between 1895 and 1904, he lived at 10 Hazelmere Road, Crouch End. In November 2007, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque to Matcham on the house.

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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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The Mossy Well, Muswell Hill

When the building served milk not alcohol

Substantial building development has changed the appearance of the top of Muswell Hill. The Green Man, probably a public house from the mid-16th century, has become Pinnacle, luxury town houses and apartments. Opposite, 77 Muswell is another residential development, once the offices of brewers Taylor Walker (1980), originally the site of the Ritz Cinema (1936), then the ABC Cinema (1962–1978). Further up is The Mossy Well pub with a large bottle hanging outside. What past has this building had?

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The Old Dairy at Crouch Hill

By John Hinshelwood 

The Friern Manor Dairy building (now a restaurant) is renowned for the rare decorative panels that adorn it. This is their story and that of a local dairying family, beginning in the 1840s. An original piece of research with wonderful and rare illustrations.

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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?

The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, Undated
The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, Undated

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