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Mount View Road with Mount View Congregational Church

As well as being a decent view of Mountview Road from just east of the junction with Ferme Park Road, this Edwardian postcard shows the Mount View Congregational Church and lecture hall in the distance on the right, on the eastern corner of Granville Road. You may have noted that both the caption on the postcard and my rendering of the road name both use two words, which was and still is the correct way to write it. (Though, I must admit, I'd always thought it was just one word!)

Little seems ever been written about the church. What I have been able to find out is that it held its first service on September 26th 1894. Built at a cost of £9,000, the church seated 800 people. A hall was opened in April 1887 and used for worship until the completion of the church building. The church was closed and demolished in 1935.

I couldn't find any photo of the church, but I was able to find this line drawing, published when the church was first opened in 1894.

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Comment by Trevor Ford on April 9, 2024 at 12:54

I seem to remember that the reservoir was opened up for local residents on 31st December 1999 so that we could watch the fireworks.  Were you there?

The tennis club lasted until the 1930s, I think.  I found some references to it in the HHS archives.  It may have been called the Northern Heights Tennis Club - I'll need to check ...

Yes, here we are (from stroudgreen.org):

Stroud Green: A History and Five Walks. This excellent little book says that the Northern Heights Tennis club used to operate from the covered reservoir before the 2nd World War

Comment by Hugh on April 9, 2024 at 16:31

I was, Trevor.

Comment by Trevor Ford on April 9, 2024 at 16:40

It was dark!  But the fireworks were excellent ...

Comment by Joanna Bornat on April 9, 2024 at 19:02

St Aidans primary school on Stapleton Hall Road held their sports day on the reservoir at least once. I remember my children there, most have been 1979-80.

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