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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Hornsey after the War

As the Great War ended there were many issues occupying the minds of Hornsey folk which will be highlighted during 2019 through selected Hornsey Journal articles on this website.

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An Editorial from The Hornsey Journal, 10th January 1919

A fortnight before Christmas a town’s meeting was called by the Mayor of Hornsey to receive proposals for a memorial “to commemorate the brave men of the borough who have given their lives for their country in the great War”.

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Greenridings House: What was there before?

Greenridings House 2018

Greenridings House, a modern office block in the High Road Wood Green, houses a British Telecom switching centre. The building which stood on this site previously had a much more interesting appearance and history, as almshouses.   

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The Parish of Hornsey

An article by John Hinshelwood

The land ownership and holdings of early manors (see The Manor and Sub-Manors of Hornsey) probably defined the borders of Hornsey Parish which contained the bishop of London’s Manor and the Prebendal Manor of Brownswood. To the north of the parish was Friern Barnet and Finchley, both part of the Bishop’s great estate.

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