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The latest articles and news from the Hornsey Historical Society.

HHS Bulletin 65

Front cover of HHS Bulletin 65, 2024

The year 2023 has seen signs of hope for the Society after some difficult years and Bulletin 65 contains an even wider variety of contributions than usual.

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Muswell Hill Football Club: 1898-1899

Muswell Hill Football Club Team photo 1899

Based on extensive research in the HHS and other archives, this special guest article tells the story of Muswell Hill Football Club’s incredible treble winning season.

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The Hornsey Hornet – December 2023

Hornsey Hornet December 2023

The second edition of the new Hornet in which we highlight forthcoming events, flag some offers from the Society, preview the next Bulletin and draw attention to some articles from the Society’s web archive

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The Whittington Almshouses, Highgate

Whittington Almshouses. Highgate. Drawn by Mr Shepherd, engraved by T. Dale

This engraved book plate, 1827, drawn by Mr Shepherd, engraved by T Dale, is one of the 65 items in the Ruth Rogers Bequest. These almshouses are linked to a famous name. Dick Whittington, his cat and Highgate Hill are synonymous.

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The Recollections of Clementina May

Cover of the Recollections of Clementina May

Edited by Janet Owen, Introduction and Notes by Brenda Griffith-Williams

Clementina (Clemmie) May, the youngest child of Henry and Sarah Elder of Topsfield Hall, Crouch End, who married Frank May, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England in 1879, recalled her memories a few months before her death in 1942, aged 92.

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The Aged Pilgrims’ Asylum

The Aged Pilgrims' Asylum

This almshouse (called an asylum) is located just outside Hornsey Parish and is part of the late Hugh Garnsworthy’s postcard collection gifted to the Society.

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HHS Bulletin 64

Front cover of HHS Bulletin 64, 2023

Bulletin 64 emerges after another somewhat difficult year for the HHS. In part, this has been due to the effects of the pandemic; but, more problematically, the fact that the majority of the Society’s officers have been in post too long and will be stepping down at the AGM in July without, at this moment, any certainty about their being replaced, is a very serious cause for concern. The Society’s future is genuinely in doubt.

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Shoreditch Almshouses, Wood Green

Shoreditch Almshouses Wood Green

It is the wrought iron gates, melted down by the man charged with restoring them, in what an English Heritage spokesman called in 2007, ‘a clear case of cultural vandalism’, which shone a spotlight on these almshouses over fifteen years ago.

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