Smithfield Square’s Fascinating Past: Part Two

Dust Destructor chimney towering over Hornsey High Street
Dust Destructor chimney towering over Hornsey High Street

Recycling a new idea? No, over a hundred and fifty years ago our Hornsey predecessors had organised the recycling of their domestic waste in an impressive way on part of what is now Smithfield Square.    

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The Parish of Hornsey

An article by John Hinshelwood

The land ownership and holdings of early manors (see The Manor and Sub-Manors of Hornsey) probably defined the borders of Hornsey Parish which contained the bishop of London’s Manor and the Prebendal Manor of Brownswood. To the north of the parish was Friern Barnet and Finchley, both part of the Bishop’s great estate.

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The Manor and Sub-Manor of Hornsey

An article by John Hinshelwood

The Manor of Hornsey was said in 1294 to have been part of the Bishop of London’s manor of Stepney from time immemorial. The bishop also claimed that his predecessors had held Finchley and Friern Barnet as a part of their manor of Fulham until its transfer to the bishop’s lordship of Hornsey in 1491. 

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The Old Dairy at Crouch Hill

By John Hinshelwood 

The Friern Manor Dairy building (now a restaurant) is renowned for the rare decorative panels that adorn it. This is their story and that of a local dairying family, beginning in the 1840s. An original piece of research with wonderful and rare illustrations.

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A Vision of Middlesex

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.

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