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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

A view over the old bridge on Hornsey Lane by Hornsey photographer Edgar Scammell.

Old Ordnance Survey maps show the bridge as Highgate Archway.

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Tags (All lower case. Use " " for multiple word tags): archway bridge, highgate, hornsey lane
Albums: Historical Images of Nearby London

Comment by Richard Woods on December 26, 2018 at 13:30

Sadly as a Hornsey Journal hack in the 60s I had reason to know very well why this bridge over the A1 got its unhappy sobriquet. I attended a couple of inquests at North London Coroners Court (Dr Robert Ian Milne in the chair and Dr Francis Camps, famous pathologist giving evidence).

At tea and rolls break I asked Dr Camps why the bridge was so popular - he opined that being over the A1 it was a very public statement of one's wish to die. He was ever a very pragmatic man....

Comment by John McMullan on December 27, 2018 at 8:48

I disagree with him, it's just a very definite way to die. If you throw yourself in front of a train you might just lose an arm or a leg.

Comment by Richard Woods on January 4, 2019 at 17:33

He was saying it was very public. 

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