Julius Salter Elias, Viscount Southwood, 1873 – 1946: From Office Boy to Press Baron

The fourth article in our series – Hornsey Personalities of the Past

Lord Southwood, third from left, inspecting sea cadets during the Second World War
Lord Southwood, third from left, inspecting sea cadets during the Second World War

This is the classic ‘rags to riches’ story. The son of itinerant Polish immigrants, Elias went on to own a large property in Highgate called Southwood Court. He was created Baron Southwood in 1937, Viscount Southwood in 1945 and was Labour Party Chief Whip in the House of Lords, 1944-45. The embodiment of the British Establishment, his memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey. How had he accomplished all this?

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David Grieg (1861 – 1952): Hornsey’s educational philanthropist

This is the third article in our series – Hornsey Personalities of the Past

Drawing of David Greig, date unknown
Drawing of David Greig, date unknown

The capture of a Scottish sea captain by the French, another Scots’ decision to emigrate to Australia and his wife’s concern for her large family – all played a part in the foundation of David Greig Ltd. the first chain of grocery shops in the UK.It’s a story of courage, hard work, foresight, service to the public and an eye to profit, from the first small shop in Hornsey High Street to a chain of nearly 250 stores.   

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession Part III

SORROW FOR THE KING: LOYALTY TO THE QUEEN

Hornsey Journal 15th February 1952

Standing in respectful silence, a full muster of the members of Hornsey Borough Council at a special meeting on Monday (11th Feb.) unanimously passed a resolution to send an address of condolence, sympathy and loyalty to the Queen and the Royal Family.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession Part II

King George VI died at Sandringham House on 6th February 1952. On 11th February his coffin was taken to London by train. Below are Hornsey Journal extracts from 15th February edition of how the people of Hornsey became personally involved. NB. This account places the Royal train passing through Hornsey first (2.37pm), when chronologically, it had passed through Harringay slightly earlier (2.35pm).

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Accession

King George VI died in his sleep early in the morning of Wednesday, 6th February, 1952.  Below are Hornsey Journal extracts of the 8th February edition of how the news was received in the Borough of Hornsey

A fragment of the front page of the Hornsey Journal, Friday 8th February 1952
A fragment of the front page of the Hornsey Journal, Friday 8th February 1952

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W B Tegetmeier: The Birds and the Bees in 19th Century Muswell Hill

This is the first article in a new series for 2022 – Hornsey Personalities of the Past

W B Tegetmeier by Girardot
W B Tegetmeier by Girardot

The 19th century naturalist who immediately comes to mind is Charles Darwin whose seminal work, The Origin of Species, (1859) rocked the sedate world and beliefs of the Victorian Establishment. It is, therefore, surprising to learn that Darwin rated W B Tegetmeier an authority on several species of birds and on bees and corresponded with him for years. Indeed, Tegetmeier’s house in St James’s Lane, Muswell Hill, came to be known as ‘The Bee House’ as a result of his extensive work studying and breeding them.

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Lost Houses: Woodlands, Muswell Hill

This is the fifth article in the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area. This mid-19th  century house and grounds was situated on Southwood Lane (now Muswell Hill Road N10) and is associated with the Victorian literary elite.

Woodlands, from Muswell Hill Road, June 1890
Woodlands, from Muswell Hill Road, June 1890

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Knights in Shining Armour – Alexandra Palace’s Two Sir Galahads

Commemorative tablet to Edwin Wilmot Sloper
Commemorative tablet to Edwin Wilmot Sloper

During the Covid pandemic thousands of people have walked along Alexandra Palace’s south terrace admiring the spectacular views of London. How many have noticed the two carved tablets either side of the Great Hall’s main entrance? Or realised that the Palace’s recent huge financial losses are a recurring theme of its 148 year history?

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