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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Lookingh across Maynards (extreme foreground), Challen/British Woodcraft Piano Works on Hermitage Road, (centre) and the edge of Harringay Stadium in the top right.

©Britain from the Air (image EPW044027)

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Comment by Gordon T on August 8, 2021 at 18:28

And proximate to Harringay.

Comment by patrick byrne on August 8, 2021 at 19:38

And this all dialogue leads us away from Hugh's wonderful aerial photo of industrial units on Hermitage Road in 1934 - a reminder of how much employment and manufacturing and entertainment (Harringay Stadium) once existed in the area.

As a child (1950s) , when such things were still considered normal, in early November, I would sit outside my house with a stuffed "Guy Fawkes" collecting " a penny for the Guy" - essentially begging for money to purchase fireworks. 

With the crowds of workers walking along Hermitage Road after work in these industries and the crowds dashing to events in the Arena and the Stadium - it was a very profitable location. Significant amounts of pennies were collected and we had great street parties, bonfires and local firework displays on November 5th.

Thanks Hugh for your continued investigation and recording of local history. Many of the images and articles bring back great memories of my younger years in Harringay. 

Comment by StephenBln on August 9, 2021 at 12:09

Hey Hugh. We are not going to agree on this. I'll take a step back, but can't guarantee that I won't smile when I read all the justifications and the contortions. I find the Harringay expansionism amusing, but irritating. Also something not possible without google.

You never seem to recognise that Harringay, as opposed to Haringey, was only ever a notion and the name of a House.  Tottenham has always been a fact. Historically, all of what was Harringay was part of Tottenham and not vice versa and I can assure you, that those who actually lived on Hornsey territory, pre-Haringey, never countenaced the idea of living in Harringay (Tottenham).  I think many, if not the majority, still do.

Comment by Hugh on August 9, 2021 at 12:29

I see. So Tota, after who Tottenham is probably named, probably lived over a thousand years ago. Gray built Harringay House about 250 years ago. Settlement at Harringay was about 150 years ago. By your criteria, how long does it take for a settlement to move from 'notion' to 'fact'?

I suppose places like Welwyn Garden City which has only just had its centenary are doomed to another 900plus years of notionhood then?

Whilst we're juggling with 'facts' and 'notions', let me, for the sake of others reading, correct you on your history (not that you need it). I'm not quite sure why you chose to bring it up, but, as you well know, your  'notion' that all of Harringay was in Tottenham is not correct. Administratively (one may dare to say in 'fact' or historically), well over half of the Ladder was in Hornsey. Though I'm bemused why, over 65 years later, people still seem to get so worked up by their loyalty to a historical administrative division, whether it be to Hornsey or to Tottenham.

Comment by StephenBln on August 9, 2021 at 20:38

Simple.. snobbishness.  Why is an N8 postcode worth more than an N4 one?

Now tell me it doesn't exist..

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