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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Liz asked me the other day about the exact position of Harringay House. I pretty much knew it, but wasn't sure exactly. So I took the 1883 sale plan and overlaid that on a Google satellite image.

Within the tolerance of the accuracy of the Victorian estate agent's map and my fudging, it gives a pretty good idea of where it was and whether you should start digging down in your garden.

I've added some colour coding to the building elements and erased some detail from the Victorian plan layer to highlight the buildings. (Click the piture to zoom):

The estate agent's details tell us the house had a basement which was home to:

Butler's pantry, billiard room, housekeeper's room, lamp room, and the servants' hall

Would they have spent the money the dig out those foundations? Might those rooms remain underground? Where is Time Team when you need them most?

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Nice work Hugh. I wonder if rather than our conventional idea of a basement this may have been a build up at the side of the house to level it up due to the sloping ground. Would rather think it was a treasure trove of Harringay though.
I too wondered that, but, yes, I'm going to continue with my fantasy that the archaeological treasure trove remains (and maybe a Titian or two).
Fascinating Hugh The greenhouses seem to go over the bit of the New River now covered before it crosses Wightman Road - unless it was re-routed later.....
Yup, river was significantly re-routed.
Thanks for this interesting material. A couple of years back I was interested in discovering whether my garden was likely to conceal any old rubble/foundations from earlier buildings. Overlaying the old maps against the new appeared to show that nothing had been built on my plot (so no Titians but also no old bricks among my potatoes!).

There were further buildings to the west on what is now the railway side of Wightman Road. Just above where the M and A of Wightman is on Hugh's overlay. Specifically, 3 graperies, 2 pineries, a peach house, a strawberry pit and a plant-stove. These were all heated by a couple of steam boilers, the pipes from which also serviced the greenhouse, conservatory and western end of the house.

These images are from Loudon's Encyclopaedia of Gardening 1825

I had a go at mapping these back in 2009 here.



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