HHS Visit to “The Secret Palace”


With visits to all public venues, including Alexandra Palace, postponed for the foreseeable future as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, we can read about an HHS outing to ‘The People’s Palace’ which provides an intriguing and evocative glimpse into the past.

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HHS Talks 2020 – Postponed

the old schoolhouse
The Old Schoolhouse

With the wellbeing of our Members our highest priority, and in line with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health, we regret to announce that all HHS lectures and events/outings are postponed until further notice.

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Can you Crack the Code – Solution!


In June 2005 readers of the HHS newsletter were presented with a puzzle – a postcard from 1906 written in code. Here is the solution presented in the following Newsletter, number 104, together with some members’ responses.

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From Our Archive: Introduction

2021 will be the 50th anniversary of Hornsey Historical Society. One way in which we intend celebrating the remarkable progress of our well respected local history society is by highlighting important items in our Archive.

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LAMAS Award for HHS Bulletin 59

Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin 59

Hornsey Historical Society’s Bulletin 59 (2018) was judged the best local history society journal submitted this year to the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS).

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LAMAS award for HHS Bulletin 58

Sandra Clark, Bulletin Editor

Bulletin 58 won the 2017 London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) Journal Prize, having secured this accolade two years previously also.Hearty congratulations go to Sandra Clark, Bulletin Editor, to those who contributed articles and reviews to this edition and to Keith Phillips who undertakes all the design work and arranges the printing. This Bulletin was Sandra’s first as editor which is another reason for celebrating.

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Keith Fawkes on BBC Radio London

BBC Microphone from 1944

In case you missed it you can listen to Hornsey Historical Society Chairman, Keith Fawkes, being interviewed about Hornsey on the Robert Elms’ programme on BBC Radio London last month.

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Hornsey Historical Society Wins New Award!

At the annual conference of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) held at the Museum of London on Saturday 18th November, HHS won the award for the best London local history society Newsletter of 2016.

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A Brief History of the Old Schoolhouse

Erected in 1848 as Hornsey Infants’ School for St. Mary’s Parish, the Old Schoolhouse, designed by architect John Henry Taylor, is now the home of the Hornsey Historical Society. Although the society moved into the building in 1981, the Old Schoolhouse has a long history.

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