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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Interesting for several things, including:

  • Duckett's Common - called Duckett's Green and shown as one entity along with the bit of green on the east of the road.
  • Still empty spaces along the eastern side of Green Lanes Between Salisbury Road and West Green Road.
  • And look at the lovely big villas along Seven Sisters Road to the east of Finsbury Park - half of them on the north side with gardens running right down to the river.

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Tags (All lower case. Use " " for multiple word tags): historical map, map, st ann's railway tunnels
Albums: Old Harringay Maps & Plans (Historical)

Comment by Liz on September 13, 2008 at 8:12
Is the station called Harringay Park?
And two clearly marked cricket grounds...that would please John McM.
Comment by StephenBln on September 13, 2008 at 8:23
The stonebridge brook can also be seen.. Even today the areas north and south of the brook don't feel 'joined up'
Comment by Hugh on September 13, 2008 at 9:27
And look at St Ann's Hospital - still half parkland.
Comment by Hugh on September 18, 2008 at 23:44
Yes Barbara NH House was quite grand. This pic from about the same time as the map will give you an idea.

If you click the map, it'll give you a slightly larger version. Around the lake it says Covered Reservoir and below that, Hornsey Tavern a.k.a Hornsey Wood House (See my Wikipedia article for more on that)
Comment by StephenBln on September 19, 2008 at 8:26
The 'North West' railway connection to allow trains from Harringay (Midland Railway) to travel to Stamford Hill (Great Eastern Railway) is shown on the map, but was never built. The embankment still exists, but trains have never used it.
Comment by Hugh on September 28, 2008 at 19:43
Probably, but I'm afraid I don't know where from.
Comment by Gina O on May 5, 2013 at 21:25

I have been trying to find out more about the area that now houses the Arena Design Centre. The map above seems to indicate a very large space for the Williamson Potteries with only a few buildings at the Green Lanes end. Then looking at later photos of the Arena and Stadium, that side of the site seems to be empty. Is this correct? Was it ever in use or was it just a dump for the pottery? There is a very steep bank between the Arena Design Centre and Sainsburys and the housing alongside it. Was this natural or built up as part of the construction of the Arena/Stadium? 

Also interesting from the map above is the space where Chestnuts Park now stands. What would have been there at that time? Just a field, perhaps?

Thanks for any insight or info.

Comment by Hugh on May 5, 2013 at 23:02

At the time the map was made the area that now houses the Arena Design Centre was a "recreation ground" for St Ann's Hospital. I have a map showing this and the tunnels under the railway line which connected it to the main hospital grounds.

Prior to being used by the hospital it was one of the large hangers (or fields). You can see it on the 17th Century map, stretching down from what is now St Ann's Road, but was then Hangar Lane (remember this map is upside down by today's standards). The ADC is now at the end of the field where the 'B' of 'Belonging' is on the map. It's tenure probably passed through different hands to the land on which the pottery and Stadium/Arena subsequently stood. My belief is that it went straight from agricultural to hospital use, before being given over to commercial.

I always find it incredible how much of the old ownership boundaries still show through in maps today. For example, you can see the line of Hermitage and Salisbury Roads in the 17th Century map.

Hope that helps. 

Comment by Gina O on May 5, 2013 at 23:15

This is all very interesting. So it was never actually part of the potteries. Do you know when it passed from the hospital to commercial use?

Comment by Gina O on May 5, 2013 at 23:18

I'd love to see the map showing the tunnels please. I wonder why they would have gone to the trouble of making these when, as you point out, half of the hospital grounds were themselves parkland at the time.

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