Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin 59 contains articles with a wide chronological range, covering aspects of the history of our part of London from the Middle Ages to the present day. [Read more…] about The 2018 HHS Bulletin
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: [Read more…] about The 2020 HHS Bulletin
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. [Read more…] about The Centenary of a Former Crouch End Resident
An article by David Frith
Wherever you are in Crouch End or Muswell Hill you are never more than a short distance from a house or building built by the Collins family. [Read more…] about The Collins Family
As part of this years Crouch End Festival Steve Amor tells the story of Hornsey Town Hall from the decision to build in Crouch End to the opening ceremony in 1935 – illustrated with remarkable archive photos from the Nobbs archive. [Read more…] about The Evolution of Hornsey Town Hall
The Hornsey College of Art occupation took place 50 years ago. Were you a student or a member of staff who was involved? Does the Hornsey Film of the occupation bring back any memories of those historic times? [Read more…] about The Hornsey Art School Occupation
The Friends of Priory Park N8 are working with a company to design a sundial to be placed in The Philosophers’ Garden in the park. But why does the garden have the name it has? [Read more…] about The Priory Park Philosophers
An extract from a Hornsey Journal editorial 19 September 1919
Ten years ago or more the erection of a town hall for Hornsey was seriously considered by the Town Council. A site was to be had in Tottenham Lane, spacious and with a good frontage. [Read more…] about THE PROPOSED TOWN HALL
The iconic Art Deco Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End opened at the end of 1935. Yet the Hornsey Journal, 19 September 1919, refers to town hall plans on this site then. Why did it take so long to realise these ambitions? Where was the original town hall and why did that building and its location have to change? [Read more…] about The Proposed Town Hall: Background
Sean Azzopardi will be presenting a two part talk covering his cartoonist/self-publishing career and his new project The Voice of the Hall as part of the Crouch End Festival.
A graphic novel
To develop and publish this book he was awarded a grant for the Arts from the Arts Council of England. The Voice of the Hall is about Hornsey Town Hall, North London. Built in 1935 it was the first Modernist building in England. Its 80-year history of modernism to gentrification is narrated by the building itself. The graphic novel is now complete and copies will be available on the day.
Entrance is free, but you need to book to ensure entry. This can be done on the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre website.