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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

Alexandra Park Open Air Swimming Bath

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh 6 hours ago . 24 Replies

Open-air swimming baths were quite popular in the three old boroughs that now make up Haringey. But the first to be opened was in Alexandra Park in 1875, then, still part of Tottenham borough. But…Back to Harringay Online

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The Gentleman Highwayman of Hornsey Road

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Jul 13. 5 Replies

Hornsey Road was once famed as the haunt and sometime hideout of a notorious 'gentleman highwayman', Claude Duval. His story and its connections provide a fascinating historical tale as well,…Back to Harringay Online

Britains Toys were local boys

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Ken Stevens May 24. 6 Replies

I'm not sure how old you need to be for the name Britains Toys to cast something of a magic spell. But Britains soldiers, cowboys & indians and animals were as much a part of my childhood as the…Back to Harringay Online

The e-scooter revolution - the suffragettes got there first

Started by Hugh. Last reply by e May 14. 2 Replies

Not Harringay, but I couldn't resist sharing this. (Although I'm assured that these vehicles were in regular use for grocery deliveries from Green Lanes, ahem!) We thought e-scooters were new. Not a…Back to Harringay Online

Myddleton & Alexandra Park Laundry, Campsbourne, Hornsey

Started by Hugh May 13. 0 Replies

The MAP Laundry in The Campsbourne c 1955 (Image: Thanks to Mike Nichols…Back to Harringay Online

The tale of a local dairyman and cowkeeper

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Peter Robinson May 7. 1 Reply

Nicholas Walker dairy cart, c1900. Given that a photo was being taken was…Back to Harringay Online

Building Shopping City - a story in pictures

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Marcus May 5. 12 Replies

The photos below are a selection from a comprehensive set held by the John Laing Photographic Collection, showing the development of Wood Green's shopping mall, originally called Shopping City.Most…Back to Harringay Online

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The Dust Destructors of Hornsey & Wood Green & Early 20th Century Recycling

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh May 5. 5 Replies

I heard a wonderful aphorism about history recently. "History", the saying goes "is what a current generation finds interesting about previous generations". Bang on. Perhaps my sympathy for the…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: wood green, history of wood green, history of hornsey


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