Lockdown in Wood Green

Hornsey Historical Society Area Map
Hornsey Historical Society Area Map

We are hoping to add to our Lockdown Gallery of images with a collection of people’s written accounts of their experiences during the Lockdown period. In this way we hope to have a written as well as a visual record of these months.

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Before River Park House: Wood Green’s Carnegie Library

River Park House, 2019
River Park House, 2019

River Park House, a tall modern office block, has been home to Haringey Council since 2005. It stands on the corner of the Jolly Butcher’s Hill section of Wood Green High Road and Station Road, opposite Wood Green tube station. What stood on this prime position before it?

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WOOD GREEN’S NEW LIBRARY

An extract from an article in the Bowes Park Weekly News,
5th October 1907

BRILLIANT OPENING CEREMONY

MILLIONAIRES AND LIBRARIES

Well, they had a gorgeous day for it, at all events.  At four p.m. on Saturday last there was a bigger assemblage of local somebodies and their friends, than has ever been seen at the Wood Green Town Hall before.

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Chung Ling Soo: The Man Behind the Magician

The death of a famous Chinese magician as the result of an accident at the Wood Green Empire in the spring of 1918 provided a hot topic for discussion in north London and beyond. The reporting of the inquest in newspapers such as the Bowes Park Weekly News did nothing to halt speculation that the death had not been an accident.

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DEATH OF G. O. BARRATT

GRAND OLD MAN OF CONFECTIONERY DIES AT GREEN OLD AGE

From the Bowes Park Weekly News, 6th October 1906

We regret to have to report the death of Mr Geo. Osborne Barratt, who passed away on Wednesday last, at 2.30pm, at the age of 78, at his residence, “Holly Mount” Crouch Hill.

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The 2020 HHS Bulletin

Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin Number 61, Logo

Hornsey Historical Society Bulletin 61 has just been published.   It is a long issue this time, full of interesting and varied articles, three of them by new contributors: Katy Ferguson on that wonderful local resource, the Park Road Lido, and David Pashley and Steven Wright, who have in very different ways explored the history of the roads in which they live, Mount View and Ferrestone. There is in fact a fourth contributor, but one no longer alive: Mr G. J. Richards, whose story of his long life and work at the now-defunct Barratt’s sweet factory in Wood Green was presented to the HHS in a hand-written manuscript by his son. This very personal (and very long) account has been edited down to manageable proportions.

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Before the Cypriot Community Centre

The Cypriot Community Centre
The Cypriot Community Centre

This building in Earlham Grove, Wood Green, serves all sections of the local Cypriot community, providing vital community services and facilities. The land it stands on has a long history, having been the site of a family home and educational establishment. What story has it to tell?   

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THE HUSH IN THE HIGH ROAD

An article from the Bowes Park Weekly News, 15 November 1919

The “great silence” on Tuesday came upon the district as a good deal of surprise.  The tram and busmen evidently had their instructions from headquarters, and their vehicles stopped automatically. Other motor vehicles went ahead gaily along the High-street, Wood Green, when the guns sounded the hour of eleven, and the drivers if they heard of the stop order at all, did not intend a little thing like that to bother them.  However, after puffing ahead for a few yards they became aware that the world had stopped, and they stopped also.

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Hollywood Green, Wood Green: What was there before?

Chesser's Forge, 1924 on the site of Spouters Corner by J E Savery
Chesser’s Forge, 1924 on the site of Spouters Corner by J E Savery

It is very difficult to imagine that central Wood Green with its cinema complex, shops, road junction and busy traffic was ever peaceful countryside with the New River meandering through. So what was Hollywood Green before?

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