With all the interest in the current FIFA Women’s World Cup it is satisfying to know that Hornsey hosted the first official women’s football match attended by an enthusiastic crowd of 10,000 spectators. The 23rd March match was between North and South, the North winning 7-1. One of the South team, Emma Clarke, was the first recorded black woman football player. [Read more…] about 1895 : Women’s Football makes its official debut in Hornsey
Books and Articles by Janet Owen
By Janet Owen and John Hinshelwood
This publication, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Hornsey Historical Society, presents a selection of over one hundred and twenty 19th and early 20th Century photographs from the North Middlesex Photographic Society’s survey and record of Middlesex. [Read more…] about A Vision of Middlesex
By Jennifer Bell and Janet Owen
The educational pack is targeted at School: Key Stage 2 Y5/6; Key Stage 3 Y7. At Home: 8-11 year olds with their parents. [Read more…] about Enjoying Your Local Space: A Children’s Project About Priory Park
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?
William Foster Watson (see Hornsey Journal 14 March 1919 and 24 March 1919) used the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and the dock of Bow Street Police Court as platforms from which to proclaim his radical political beliefs. Today most of us know little or nothing about the events and organisations mentioned. [Read more…] about Hornsey Political Activist takes on the Establishment
A Ministry of Food was established in December 1916 to combat food shortages and price inflation, results of the ‘submarine menace’. Hornsey’s MP, Kennedy Jones, was appointed director-general of the Food Economy section. What was Hornsey’s response? [Read more…] about Hornsey’s National Kitchens 1918-1919
The opening paragraph of the Hornsey Journal editorial, 7 February 1919 describes the housing shortage which Britain faced in the months after the 11th November 1918 Armistice. How would Hornsey Council tackle this shortage in 1919?
An Armistice had ended the Great War on 11 November 1918. The peace treaty between the
Allies and Germany was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly 5 years after Archduke Franz
Ferdinand’s assassination triggered the conflict. The other Central Powers signed separate
treaties. What was Hornsey’s response to these events and why were the children involved?
[Read more…] about Hornsey’s response to the Treaty of Versailles and to Peace Day
By Janet Owen
The story of a man from rural Cumbria, who trained as an architect and surveyor, and played a vital part in creating a large part of the built environment of Hornsey. [Read more…] about John Farrer – The Man Who Changed Hornsey
This major building development on a 13 acre site in Hornsey High Street has radically altered the appearance and character of Hornsey Village. What was there before the bulldozers got to work? [Read more…] about Smithfield Square’s Fascinating Past: Part 1