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This is the fourth article in the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area. It has been written by Alice Jenkins, a sixth form History student at Highgate Wood School, who has spent her summer holidays on work experience with the HHS Archive volunteers and who will shortly be applying to universities for admission in autumn 2022. HHS wishes her well.
Topsfield Hall stood in the centre of Crouch End as the manor house of the sub-manor of Topsfield from the late 1780s until its demolition in 1894. [Read more…] about Lost Houses: Topsfield Hall, Crouch End
Hornsey in History
A 1972 series of Hornsey Journal articles by Ian Murray, first Chairman of Hornsey Historical Society and Haringey Council Archivist. The HHS gratefully acknowledges the kind permission of Archant/Ham and High for this reproduction.
No.10: Crowche Ende hamlet
Crouch End is derived from an old English word meaning ‘cross’ and ‘end’ is obviously what it says, an end, boundary or limit. So, the name means the cross boundary. The cross refers either to cross roads as four roads have converged here for centuries, or to an actual cross for which there is some evidence. [Read more…] about Crowche Ende Hamlet
Have a go at our Stroud Green Quiz.
On Thursday 19th August, Crouch End will see the return of a major part of its cultural life. After a nearly eighteen month absence, Downstairs at the Kings Head, one of the oldest comedy clubs in the country, will reopen. [Read more…] about Downstairs at the Kings Head
In Memory of Albert Pinching, a much respected and valued HHS Sales Manager, member of the General and Publications Committees, author of numerous articles and writer of books, and editor of the HHS Bulletin for fourteen years, who passed away on 30th July. Albert wrote this article prior to Woodside House being renamed George Meehan House.
Woodside House, a mid-Victorian edifice on the High Road, has been a municipal building for well over a hundred years. What function and name did the building have originally? [Read more…] about Woodside House, Wood Green, What was there before?
How well do you know the history of Bounds Green? Test yourself in this short quiz. take the quiz
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? [Read more…] about Knights in Shining Armour – Alexandra Palace’s Two Sir Galahads
We had intended to celebrate the HHS 50th Anniversary on Saturday 17th July in conjunction with the Crouch End Festival. [Read more…] about HHS 50th Anniversary Celebration ***Postponed***
Crouch End today, provides no obvious evidence that it was once the location of a theatre. You won’t see a huge auditorium that has been through various incarnations such as cinema, bingo hall, or space used for worship. The evidence is there though, at 31 Tottenham Lane nestled in amongst the shop units. [Read more…] about Crouch End Opera House
We continue the series on Lost Houses of the Hornsey area with this important Stroud Green addition.
There is not much left of Stapleton Hall, but what there is became a listed monument in 1986 and now forms part of a complex of flats on Stapleton Hall Road in Stroud Green. Not far away on Crouch Hill the Stapleton Tavern uses the same name as the house and road. [Read more…] about Lost Houses: Stapleton Hall, Stroud Green