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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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Latest Activity: Feb 9

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

When Harringay's fifth cinema became Harringay's second motor vehicle producer

Started by Hugh Jan 2. 0 Replies

At the height of the cinema age, Harringay had five cinemas. The least known was at the western corner of Wightman Road and Turnpike Lane.I first wrote about this cinema in my…Back to Harringay Online

Where the Whittington Hospital came from

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Nov 5, 2023. 13 Replies

Earlier this week, HoL member Keith asked in a post on the forum if anyone could explain this object sitting in a courtyard at the Whittington Hospital. …Back to Harringay Online

How history shaped the wide eastern end of Turnpike Lane

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Lydia Walter Sep 17, 2023. 3 Replies

Looking east towards at the mid nineteenth century housing terrace on the site of Turnpike Lane tube station.…Back to Harringay Online

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Braddock's record of a changing Turnpike Lane, 1899 - 1906

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Sep 12, 2023. 11 Replies

Turn of the century Hornsey photographer photographer, Alfred Braddock,…Back to Harringay Online

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Shadbolt Exhibtion - well worth going to see

Started by Hugh Jul 7, 2023. 0 Replies

George Shadbolt (1819-1901) was a British writer, editor and photographer who took some of the earliest photographs of Hornsey and Tottenham during the 1850s-60s.Bruce Castle is hosting an exhibition of their archive archive of these early prints…Back to Harringay Online

Talk: Evidence of Our Past: 100 Stories From The Archive, Crouch End, 8th July 2023

Started by HoL Site Admin Jul 7, 2023. 0 Replies

From the Hornsey Historical Society:The past is endlessly fascinating and full of clues about how we connect to the history…Back to Harringay Online

Hornsey Historical Society is currently looking for volunteers

Started by Hugh Apr 26, 2023. 0 Replies

Last year I was invited to join the Hornsey Historical Society (HHS) publications committee. Since joining the team, I have become very aware of a key challenge the society is facing. Like most organisations in our country who rely on volunteers,…Back to Harringay Online

Copy of Tottenham: a History, Christine Protz wanted

Started by Hugh Mar 31, 2023. 0 Replies

Does anyone have an unwanted copy of Chrstine Protz's Tottenham book? If so, you have an interested party here.Back to Harringay Online

The hidden industry on the Warner Estate

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Mar 24, 2023. 11 Replies

I was recently contacted by a local resident who was trying to find out more about a building which used to stand on her road. She wrote,On older maps and aerial photos from just after the war there is a large building or range of buildings where…Back to Harringay Online

The Christeys: from the 18th Century Fruit Stalls of Covent Garden, up to Crouch End and St James's Clubland

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Dec 11, 2023. 5 Replies

While looking at an early twentieth century photo of a local pub recently, I noticed a sign above the pub’s door showing a member of the Christey family as licensee. I’d come across the name before, whilst…Back to Harringay Online


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