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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Found in a house on the Gardens that's being renovated. The fireplace was boarded up with flimsy plywood and a layer of newspaper dating to 1956 (the year of the Clean Air Act I think, which might explain why it was boarded up).

Could the stove be original to the house which is dated around 1900-1901 we think? I'm curious why it would have been in the smallest upstairs bedroom. One theory might be the house was used by multiple tenants and this was a small second kitchen in the property. Another theory is that it would be used to heat water for bathing upstairs.

It's cracked on the top. Plan is to clean it up and keep it where it is as a curio. Anyone got any insights?

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Great find. Looks original to me. Looks like the oven door is on top. Often the makers name was shown on those. Can you see anything?

There was a similar find in an upstairs room in the gardens a few months back. 

Ah brilliant thanks Hugh that thread really helped me understand our find.

Hehe, yes. As Hugh links below, we found one too, also on the Gardens, small back bedroom, a short while ago. I'd agree with the many helpful peeps who posted in the thread he links too, probs a second kitchen for tenants.

Thanks for showing me this- good suggestion for how to clean it up and present it.

No probs, though it looks like you might have some nice hearth tiles in front of yours. We just have a concrete screed unfortunately. Wasn't really what I wanted to have in this room - but seems rude to ask it to move after all this time... 

My wife's grandparents' house in rural Sussex had a stove just like this, so it's not local to Harringay. The compartment, top right in the picture, was where you put the coal (or fuel), it's why the chimney is that side, the ashes fell through to the section below and could be raked out when it cooled down, and the cooking occurred in the compartment on the left: heat rises, so anything that needed more intense heat at the top. The spikes on the left are for the door to hang. and the catch to close it on the left. You could probably have boiled a kettle by sitting it on top of the fire compartment, I guess it would have had a metal top, although it looks as if that is missing now. So it was a real multi-functional item, would have kept the room quite warm as well. Can't tell you why it was in the top room, I'd go with your multi-tenancy theory

Thanks very insightful!

I remember seeing these still in use in homes of older relations in Harringay in the early 1960s. They were always known as a Range and not an oven, which always meant a gas or electric (very modern) oven.

It looks very much like one I remember in our kitchen/living room in our old house in Harringay Road, built circa 1880.  I can remember our Mum on her hands and knees "blacking" the stove.    It too was removed/boarded up in the 50's.   Our old house was split into two self contained flats, upstairs and downstairs and we lived downstairs.  So possibly the house you are referring to was built/split same as ours ?   We never got invited upstairs so no clue as to what was up there.  I just imagined upstairs to be same as down. 

 Our house hadn't the luxury of a bathroom, in fact we only had one single cold water supply tap right up until moving out in 1970.  I was born in that house (always home in my mind) in 1949.

Good luck with your search.

Are they tiles on the floor or vinyl ?   If tiles then they too could well be worth saving.



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