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History of Harringay


History of Harringay

For members interested in sharing and learning more about the history of Harringay and neighbouring areas.

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Harringay's History

Harringay's History by Harringay Online

1. History Group Articles & Discussions

This group has a series of articles, including some original research about the neighbourhood history. It's often the case that the discussion element of the group initiates new thinking and leads to the discovery of new learning.

2. Historical Photos and Other Images

More historical photos than you can shake a stick at from 1860 onwards. Our resources include a wide range of photos including some unique ones. 

See a full list of the albums along with links, here

3. In the Forum

Sometimes posts about Harringay's history get added to the forum. We've tried to gather as many as possible of those together here, (but there may be unlinked gems!). As with the History Group, discussion often leads to new insights.

4. Film

Historic footage from 1920 on.


5. Wikipedia (the First-ever Published History of Harringay)

A series of eight articles on Wikipedia all thoroughly researched and referenced, if rather hurriedly written by Hugh, which when published in 2007-08, together made up the first ever history of Harringay.


6. Personal Memories Blogs

collection of memories from times past written by former residents of the area.

7. Virtual Blue Plaque Map

A map charting the residences of the more well-known residents from our history. (Sadly the Community Walk Map seems not to be functioning 100% with Google Maps any longer, but it still good enough to see the key information).  A work in progress begun in July 2010. More here.


8. Telling Harringay's History

Download a short pdf by Hugh about writing the first history of Harringay (click the picture to download):


9. Timeline

We developed a Harringay timeline on Dipity's innovative website back in 2010. It was a convenient  way to leaf through our neighbourhood's history. Sadly, the Dipity website closed from late 2016. Moist of it survived for a till late 2019 in a version of the page on the Wayback Machine. However, the site seems to have relied on a Google API. This was disabled by Google for all Dipity timelines and now little information is accessible. 






Other sources for Harringay historical info

Other local history links

Links beyond Haringey

Harringay Online Discussion Forum

The Story of the Effingham-Beresford Backlands

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh on Monday. 20 Replies

The development of the Harringay Ladder was tightly controlled, both by the covenants imposed by the land vendor, the British Land Company and through the supervision of building quality by Hornsey…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: harringay's edwardian halls, victorian & edwardian builders made good

Brief history of the recently closed convenience store on Wightman Road near Harringay Station

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Geraldine on Monday. 1 Reply

7 Wightman Road, run by George Dawes at the time of the photo. Standing in…Back to Harringay Online

A Forgotten Little Corner of Wood Green

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh on Monday. 29 Replies

It's odd how my history journey goes. I seem to hit these patches when I keep getting drawn back to a particular small area time and again, even when I have no particular interest in it. When this…Back to Harringay Online

Proposed Community Land Grab / Repossession

Started by Mr Wodjacallim. Last reply by Mr Wodjacallim on Saturday. 6 Replies

Just wondered if there is a case for a bit of a historic land grab?The land in question is alongside the New River, west of Wightman road and south of Hornsey High Street. (There is another stretch…Back to Harringay Online

St Ann's Hospital - The Early Years

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Feb 19. 4 Replies

North Eastern Fever Hospital circa 1905In 1890 a suitable 19-acre site for a new fever…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: st ann's hospital

A Few memories of 1960s Beresford Road

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Geraldine Feb 19. 3 Replies

This from member Les: We manufactured Handbags from approx 1960 - 1975 in our small workshops that were situated in part of the back…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: harringay alumni memories

'Take That' got start in Harringay: Bolts nightclub and all that

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Ian Feb 18. 21 Replies

I've just come back from and event where I fell into conversation with a chap called Nicky Price. Nicky's an interesting guy with some great local connections.Back in 1981 young Greek entrepreneur,…Back to Harringay Online

Barrenger Road, Muswell Hill

Started by Bethany Burrow Atherton. Last reply by Mr Wodjacallim Feb 16. 10 Replies

Hi historians! I was wondering if anyone had any information or insights in relation to the naming of Barrenger Road in Muswell Hill. Putting some rather spurious coincidences together, I'm wondering…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: barrenger, william george barrenger, barrenger road, muswell hill

1938: Singer Ejected from Nazi Austria entertains Speedway Crowds

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Roy aka Smiffy Feb 14. 2 Replies

I found this snippet in a programme for a speedway event at the stadium on June 11th 1938:…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: harringay stadium

Ghost signs

Started by Liz. Last reply by Hugh Feb 13. 7 Replies

An article this week by Jonathan Glancey calls for the saving of these glimpses into the past…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: ghost signs, advertising, signs


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