Does reading the Hornsey Journal extract from November 1919 give you a feeling of déjà vu? Not only was the fervent promise to get a tube to Muswell Hill within three years not kept, an underground line to this north London suburb never materialised. [Read more…] about “I am going to get it” – A Politician’s Promise in November 1919 which came to nothing – plus ca change !
Until the end of the 19th century Muswell Hill remained a rural area of pasture, woods and open spaces situated on the edge of a glacial plateau overlooking the Thames and Lea valleys. [Read more…] about A Brief History of Muswell Hill
By Ken Gay
The first complete chronological story of Muswell Hill, illustrated from the author’s personal collection. [Read more…] about A History of Muswell Hill
A Report from the Hornsey Journal, 14 November 1919
A tube to Muswell Hill and a solution of London’s traffic congestion were promised by Mr Kennedy Jones MP at a meeting of his constituents held by the Muswell Hill ward of the Hornsey Conservative and Unionist Association at the Presbyterian Hall, Princes Avenue, on Friday night. [Read more…] about A LOCAL TUBE PROMISED – MR KENNEDY JONES MP AT MUSWELL HILL
A 20 minute amateur film, without sound, from 1959 about floral colour in Haringey. It’s as interesting for the people, buildings and vehicles as it for the abundance of flowers. [Read more…] about Beauty in the Borough
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?
This 44-page booklet is one of a new series of booklets describing a 15-mile walk through London’s Northern Heights from Camden Town to Alexandra Palace. It covers the 3.5-mile section from East Finchley, through Cherry Tree Wood, Fortis Green and Muswell Hill, and concludes on the terrace of Alexandra Palace with its panoramic view over London. [Read more…] about Hampstead Heritage Trail – Section E: East Finchley to Alexandra Palace
Delcia Keate will give a talk on the shopping parades of the former borough of Hornsey. These were built in large numbers in London in the later Victorian and Edwardian period, providing a retail hub for London’s burgeoning suburbs. Often designed in ornate and flamboyant styles, and in many instances incorporating pubs and banks, they illustrate the eclectic architectural tastes of the period.
The talk, focusing on Archway Road, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, will look at some of the best examples of this often under-appreciated building type, and also the surprising number of surviving Victorian and Edwardian shop fronts – now quite rare both in a local and national context – which are sometimes disguised by ad-hoc signage and cladding
About Delcia Keate
Delcia is a freelance heritage consultant, formerly of English Heritage.
The ticket cost is £5.00 plus 95p booking fee – via Eventbrite
By Steven Denford
This comprehensive local history, covering part of Hornsey parish ie.Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Hornsey Village, is in the popular Historical Publications Ltd “Past” series format. [Read more…] about Hornsey Past
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