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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John Cathles Hill of Southwood Hall

John Cathles Hill, c. 1896-97
John Cathles Hill, c. 1896-97

John Cathles Hill (1857 -1915) was, ‘a very remarkable man of immense energy and vision’. So wrote his grandson, JEB Hill, in May 1997, to Joan Schwitzer, HHS Chairman. JC Hill built up large parts of North London, founded The London Brick Company and became one of the richest men of his time. He lived at Southwood Hall from 1894 until 1905.

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Lost Houses: Henry Virtue Tebbs of Southwood Hall

We have previously looked at Southwood Hall in Highgate as part of the Lost Houses series and reference was made to two important 19th century occupants, Henry Virtue Tebbs and John Cathles Hill.  This article focuses on the life of HV Tebbs (1797–1876).

Southwood Hall, Highgate
Southwood Hall, Highgate

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Lost Houses: Interesting Links to Southwood Hall, Highgate

Henry Virtue Tebbs Jnr.(1833-1899) was the eldest son of Henry Virtue Tebbs and his second wife Emma. In true 19th century fashion he had been given his father’s name and followed his father’s profession as a Proctor and lawyer.  Not surprisingly, this has led to much confusion. However, the son’s artistic interests set him apart from his father about whom we have learned already.

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Lost Houses: Nightingale Hall, Wood Green

This is the sixth in our series on Lost Houses of our area. This edited text was written by the late Albert Pinching, HHS Sales Manager for 21 years and editor for 14 years of our annual journal, the Bulletin, who died at the end of July this year. The full text was a chapter in People and Places: Lost Estates in Highgate, Hornsey and Wood Green’, published by HHS in 1996. 

The castellated facade of Nightingale Hall, circa 1890
Nightingale Hall, c.1890. This shows a castellated façade with a large conservatory, probably Victorian modifications, on the SW side, suggesting an earlier building in the background.

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Lost Houses: Southwood Hall, Highgate

This is the second article in the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area. This house has such interesting connections that a number of articles in the future will focus on its occupants and their connections.

Southwood Hall, Highgate c.1890
Southwood Hall, Highgate c.1890

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Lost Houses: Topsfield Hall, Crouch End

This is the fourth article in the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area. It has been written by Alice Jenkins, a sixth form History student at Highgate Wood School, who has spent her summer holidays on work experience with the HHS Archive volunteers and who will shortly be applying to universities for admission in autumn 2022. HHS wishes her well.

Topsfield Hall, Crouch End, 1894, shortly before demolition
Topsfield Hall, Crouch End, 1894, shortly before demolition

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Lost Houses: Woodlands, Muswell Hill

This is the fifth article in the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area. This mid-19th  century house and grounds was situated on Southwood Lane (now Muswell Hill Road N10) and is associated with the Victorian literary elite.

Woodlands, from Muswell Hill Road, June 1890
Woodlands, from Muswell Hill Road, June 1890

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Memories of Grove Lodge as a Children’s Home

It was quite strange in the late 1980s being uprooted from Cambridge in the middle of the night and being taken to London to go into foster care. I watched from the car and tried not to cry – even in the dark London scared me. But fear gave way to surprise when I saw that we had arrived in an attractive part of London and were passing Alexandra Palace, which to all us teenagers was known as ‘Ally Pally’. The car struggled up the steep hill and turned right into a driveway.

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