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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

There has been a police building in Hornsey from at some point in the first half of the nineteenth century, or late eighteenth century until quite recently.

The earliest building is described in A History of the County of Middlesex as the 'old lock-up on Priory Road'. Apparently it was under charge of the village constable.

This image apparently came captioned as 'Old Crouch End Police Station". I don't think there was ever a police station in Crouch End. However, if the caption is even half-right, then it probably shows the old Priory Road police station.

Elsewhere the building is referred to as the 'old watchhouse' and the 'Old Cage'.

We know from the 1861 census that the building was between the sluice house on the corner of Nightingale Lane (see Fig. 4 here) and the National School just west on Priory Road, on a plot next to the current site of Priory Avenue.

it is recorded as having stood just in front of the old workhouse. This is shown on the 1815 enclosure map.

With both the census and map information, we can be fairly sure of the location of the police station.

In the map below, the pair of buildings next to the road, to the south west of the workhouse was the national school. The small building to the south east was almost certainly the police building.

The building was abandoned in 1868 and, according to a newspaper report of 1869, below, pulled down shortly after. (Although, historian John Lloyd, writing in 1888 says that after the police vacated it, the building was used as a mortuary for some time. But no dates are provided). Either way, this left Hornsey without a police building until the one of Tottenham Lane was built in 1884.


North Londoner, 9th October 1869


North Londoner, 23rd October 1869

Thanks to Ken Stevens for the image.

This piece was initially published in the historic photos gallery. But having hit the maximum text limit, I've moved it here. 

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