In a fast changing world, elements of stability and continuity are treasured.
Crouch End lost one of its favourite and most enduring landmarks at the end of February 2021 when Paul Saxton clicked the padlock of his kiosk for the last time. Sporting the patina of much use, it has stood on the corner of the Broadway and Weston Park for decades.
A 1972 series of Hornsey Journal articles by Ian Murray, first Chairman of Hornsey Historical Society and Haringey Borough Archivist. The HHS gratefully acknowledges the kind permission of Archant/Ham and High for this reproduction
For 12 years, from 874, Hornsey was part of the Danelaw, that part of the country under the control of the Danes, until it was liberated by Alfred the Great. The Thames valley was repeatedly ravaged by the Vikings and the remains of a Viking ship were discovered in the Lea at Tottenham in 1901.
Bulletin 62 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the HHS in 1971, and while we could not celebrate the occasion as we had hoped, due to the pandemic, maybe this issue, with its special cover, afforded some consolation. There are three pieces by new contributors.
Andrew Whitehead’s account of the most successful Communist candidate who has ever contested the parliamentary constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green.
Richard Woods’s nostalgic reflections of his boyhood on The Ladder.
Deirdre Stowell-Smith’s edited extract from the Bowes Park Weekly News of more than 100 years ago.
This article by Pamela Jefferys links with two previous ones on the history of the Archway Road and Highgate which were written in connection with the Archway Road Inquiry 1973. This had been prompted by a proposal to develop a motorway-standard dual carriageway road from the Wellington pub junction, north of Highgate village, and the old London County Council boundary at Archway Bridge. That proposal would have meant, (i) the demolition of about 170 houses and shops, (ii) increased deterioration in the environment, (iii) a blight on property and on the lives of many people in the area.
Crouch End man Nigel Moore was recently told by his father he remembered that back in 1968 (when gas pipes were being installed) he had spotted some items in the cellar space underneath the hallway. This sparked up Nigel’s curiosity and off he went to investigate with his camera.
William Ernest Henley (1849 – 1903) was an English poet, critic and editor of a series of literary
magazines and journals. He was able to choose his contributors to these and he included his own essays, criticism, and poetic works also. Through these journals he introduced the early work of many of the great English writers to late Victorian England. He was said at the time to have had as central a role in influencing culture and literary perspectives, as had Samuel Johnson in the 18th century.