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? [Read more…] about Before New River Village
The following pages will contain articles, books, postcards, photographs and other resources about the history of housing in the area. The material is organised alphabetically by title and will be added to gradually over the coming months and years.
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. [Read more…] about BUILDING OPERATIONS IN MUSWELL HILL
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? [Read more…] about Edwin James Lovegrove 1861-1948 Shouldn’t we honour him?
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. [Read more…] about Ever Heard of the Local Architect and Surveyor John Farrer?
By John Hinshelwood
This 24-page booklet traces the history and development of the Campsbourne housing estate on the north side of Hornsey High Street from the late 1860s to the present day. [Read more…] about The Campsbourne Estate – Its Development and Re-development
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. [Read more…] about The Changing Years: The History and Development of Wood Green
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
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. [Read more…] about The Rookfield Estate – Muswell Hill’s Garden Suburb
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. [Read more…] about The Urbanisation of Hornsey
A British Pathe report about the difficulties faced by Haringey Council developing Wood Green in the 1970s. [Read more…] about Wood Green (1974-1976)