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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 Gardens at Harringay House - the place, the plants the people

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Jennifer Blain yesterday. 8 Replies

Harringay House and its grounds existed for a little less than a hundred years. But in those ten decades, a garden was created that became well-known in gardening circles and was celebrated for some of the plants that were cultivated, and in some…Back to Harringay Online

Harringay in Grey and Green, The Alexanders of Harringay House

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Apr 6. 12 Replies

William Cleverly Alexander and his family lived at Harringay House for five years between 1869 and 1873. I’ve written before about the James McNeil…Back to Harringay Online

Photo set of the fire at Blandford Hall, Ally Pally 1971

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Feb 27. 2 Replies

This slide show includes thirteen photographs taken by Alison Chapman McLean in 1971. The images provide a vivid record of the firefighters' struggle to control the fire and of the locals who stood and sat to watch. The images are published with the…Back to Harringay Online

Braddock and an Odd Hornsey Church Postcard

Started by Ken Stevens. Last reply by Hugh Feb 22. 17 Replies

This is a postcard I would have liked to buy but someone beat me to it on ebay.…Back to Harringay Online

Alfred Braddock – a commercial photographic surveyor and recorder of Victorian Hornsey

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Apr 19. 52 Replies

Many of the images we have from the late Victorian and early Edwardian period of Hornsey Borough come from the lens of commercial photographer Alfred Braddock.Braddock’s photographic career started as photography technology was evolving rapidly,…Back to Harringay Online

Old Hornsey police station

Started by Hugh Oct 26, 2021. 0 Replies

There has been a police building in Hornsey from at some point in the first half of the nineteenth century, or late…Back to Harringay Online

How Hornsey dealt with the 'idle poor' two hundred years ago

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Dick Harris Oct 28, 2021. 9 Replies

All towns and parishes in the country had poor residents to deal with. Some did so more compassionately than others. The Poor Law of 1601 gave all parishes legal responsibility for the relief of the poor and made it compulsory for parishes to levy a…Back to Harringay Online

Hornsey and Wood Green Synagogue in pictures

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Ken Stevens Sep 24, 2021. 2 Replies

For many years a synagogue stood on the site in Wightman Road where the mosque is now located.The Hornsey and Wood Green Affiliated Synagogue was originally based in Queen's Parade, Green Lanes, where it was established as the Wood Green &…Back to Harringay Online

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A whiff of scandal, the chink of coin, a dose of mismanagement and the Grand Old Man of Cricket: Harringay Cricket Field in the Golden Age of Cricket

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Geoffrey Walker Sep 18, 2021. 14 Replies

I'm neither a cricketer not a cricket fan and I've never given much of a thought to Harringay's former cricket ground in the north eastern corner of Finsbury Park, save to look nostalgically across it from time-to-time and to wonder why it's run…Back to Harringay Online


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