The Hornsey Enclosure Act 1813

By David Frith

This fascinating and well researched book examines the detailed provisions of the Hornsey Enclosure Act of 1813 and their effect on the subsequent development of the ancient Parish of Hornsey.

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Anthony Salvin

Anthony Salvin (1799-1881) was one of the most successful British architects in the first half of Queen Victoria’s reign. The reason why we note Salvin today is because of his association with Hornsey and East Finchley.

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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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What Future for Haringey?

River Park House, Wood Green, 2019
River Park House, Wood Green, 2019

‘What Future for Haringey?’ is a film that was made by Haringey Council in 1974 about the challenges facing the borough. We can’t link directly but you can find it on the London’s Screen Archive website if you search “Haringey”.

The HHS’s David Frith  gets a credit at the very start so we’ve asked him for his thoughts on seeing it again all these years later.

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The Collins Family

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.

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The Rookfield Estate – Muswell Hill’s Garden Suburb

By David Frith

This book traces the early history of the Rookfield Estate from when the site was first enclosed from Muswell Hill Common to its acquisition by W. J. Collins in 1899. It includes a history of the Collins family who were responsible for the development of the Estate.

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Muswell Hill Library Submission

In 2016 Muswell Hill Library was threatened with closure by Haringey Council. This is the Hornsey Historical Society objection to the closure submitted as part of the official public consultation. It was by written by  HHS Conservation Officer, David Frith.

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