This photo shows Keller’s Field which ran between Middle Lane and Tottenham Lane.
Snippet from 1893 Ordnance Survey map. The field was the area at te bottom of the map, to the north of what is shown as 'Elder's Path'.
The field was part of an estate centred on Elm House and, from the mid-1860s, belonged to a german-born Hatton Garden diamond merchant called Leopold Keller.
Four years after Keller's death in 1905, Keller's three sons put the estate up for auction. The house was used for Crouch End High School and the field was bought by Hornsey Council for the development of a new town hall. However, after building plans changed, the the field remained open until it was developed for housing the mid-1930s.
The photo was taken around 1900. It's amazing to think that there were still scenes like this in Crouch End into the twentieth century.
The scene put me in mind of this work by Crouch End photographer, Albert Newman.
Thanks to Ken Stevens for surfacing this photo. Ken, I hope the above fills in a few gaps.
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