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"FINSBURY PARK consists of about 120 acres, which once formed the site and grounds of Hornsey Wood House. It has only recently been laid out, and rather parsimoniously, and consequently does not yet possess the beauty of the older Parks, but the opportunity seems to have been missed for fine avenues of trees, notably on the side parallel to the Seven Sisters Road."


From George Birch, The Descriptive Album of London, c.1896

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Albums: Historical Images of Harringay's Finsbury Park

Comment by alistairj on November 23, 2008 at 23:27
The lake looks a bit larger than it does now? Also, there appears to have been a pretty reasonable avenue of trees parallel to Seven Sisters about ten years later?
Comment by Liz on November 24, 2008 at 10:42
It does look bigger doesn't it? The original Hornsey Wood House that stood there before had a lake, perhaps it was still the 'original' lake from that time. Found this description of ice skating at the Hornsey Wood House in 1857, maybe at this lake in the picture:
"Then there is that Jones, who has rushed home at three o’clock every afternoon since the ice would bear, and started thence at a trot to Hornsey Wood House, where the lake is as smooth as a mirror, and kept select for subscribers, and where he stays cutting all manner of figures by lamplight, until it is time to come home to supper and to bed. It was but Friday afternoon last that, happening to walk over to take a look at the sport, we surprised him in the very act of giving lessons in skating to Miss G-, who, it was evident from the ease with which she swept an arc on one little foot, must have had a pretty liberal course of instruction before."
Comment by alistairj on November 24, 2008 at 12:11
Interesting use of the word 'liberal'!

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