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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

A River Through it - Development of the New River and Water Works in Hornsey

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Niamh McIntyre on Friday. 37 Replies

The reservoir and water works in Hornsey have been a familiar site to locals for over a century and a half. But the story of their development is much less well known. The area of land just to the…Back to Harringay Online

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Harringay's 14th Century Gold and Emerald Ring

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Van Howell Jan 6. 10 Replies

Image: British MuseumThis 14th century gold and emerald finger-rings is…Back to Harringay Online

World's largest piano built in Harringay

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Jim Walsh Jan 4. 33 Replies

In 1935 Challen, one of Harringay's several piano manufacturers, built the largest piano in the world at their Hermitage Road factory. At 11 feet 8 inches long and weighing over one and quarter tons,…Back to Harringay Online

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Crouch End Hill 1890 to 1965 - a Story in Pictures

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Jan 1. 9 Replies

Crouch End Hill changed rapidly from the late nineteenth century onwards. Fortunately, the changes were relatively well documented in photographs. The story in pictures begins with a flurry of photos…Back to Harringay Online

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

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Dec 29, 2021. 41 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…Back to Harringay Online

Pietro Pazzi's Edwardian Restaurant in Finsbury Park

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Richard Woods Dec 24, 2021. 13 Replies

Pazzi's Restaurant near the entrance to Finsbury Park in what is today a LidlIf you had…Back to Harringay Online

The Starlight Dance - Late Fifties Glamour at the Arena

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Richard Woods Dec 24, 2021. 4 Replies

I discovered another interesting event at the Arena the other day. On 31st May, 1958, a music event was held at the Arena when people flocked to see the top artists of the day including Vera Lynn,…Back to Harringay Online

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Ever Ready Factory

Started by StephenBln. Last reply by Hugh Dec 24, 2021. 5 Replies

One of the Community Members asked me if I had any information on the Factory at the corner of St Ann's Road and Warwick Gardens.I'm not sure when the factory was demolished, but for many years it…Back to Harringay Online

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Old Hornsey police station

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Dec 5, 2021. 1 Reply

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

Queen's Head Match Case

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Nov 30, 2021. 22 Replies

The Queen's Head was an old coaching inn, first running in the eighteenth century (and possibly earlier).On ebay today, I noticed a match case that includes an inscription relating to the pub. So, of…Back to Harringay Online


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