Edwin James Lovegrove 1861-1948 Shouldn’t we honour him?

Edwin J Lovegrove, c.1904
Edwin J Lovegrove, c.1904

HHS members and readers probably know a lot about John Farrer and his contribution to Hornsey’s housing. He was honoured when a road was named after him. But who now remembers Edwin Lovegrove and his contribution to Hornsey’s housing, sanitation and health?

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An editorial from the Muswell Hill Record, 14th February 1908

It is gratifying to notice on all sides a distinct revival in the building trade, so far at least as Muswell Hill is concerned. During the past six months building operations have had a set back; indeed owing to dear money and depressed business in the City some builders considered it wise to temporarily suspend the erection of new houses altogether.

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Before New River Village

The site of New River Village, circa 1833

The New River Village comprising 622 owner-occupied or rented apartments was built on a 15 acre site alongside Hornsey High Street between 2005 and 2007 by St. James Homes Ltd.  What was there before?

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The Changing Years: The History and Development of Wood Green

London Screen Archives

This 30 minute film, made in 1961, can be viewed online at  the London Screen Archives. It tells the history of Wood Green from tiny hamlet to major shopping centre told through still photographs and additional materials including maps, paintings, engravings, newspaper advertisements, motion footage. It includes Alexandra Palace, and also covers transport, local industry, the impact of wars and the development of new council estates.

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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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Ever Heard of the Local Architect and Surveyor John Farrer?

An article by Janet Owen

John Farrer (1843-1930), a self-made Victorian entrepreneur who lived in Crouch End for forty years of his life, was responsible for designing over eighteen hundred houses and shops for seventy three roads in our area and he laid out fifteen estates for local landowners and builders.

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The Urbanisation of Hornsey

An extract from John Farrer The Man who Changed Hornsey by Janet Owen

London was sucking in people from the countryside as its industrial strength grew throughout the nineteenth century and its dramatic increase in population shaped the growth of Hornsey parish. People of all social classes arrived in the capital and the population exploded from 959,310 in 1801, to 2,808,494 in 1861, to become 4,521,685 by 1911.

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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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