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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

This photo is one of a series of four that were kindly contributed by Deborah Janet Jones, whose father grew up in Westfield Road.

St Mary's Road joined Hornsey High Street just to the the east of Middle Lane. The Hornsey Tavern pub stands on the corner of where the two roads join. Westfield Road branched off St Mary's Road about 100 metres south of the High Street. Both roads then ran up the hill in parallel to each other and Middle Lane, in the direction of Crouch End.

The victorian housing in the whole area was demolished in 1966. The first three of these pictures capture the last moments of the old houses. (The fourth I think may be a few years earlier). The area was built over with low rise flats and houses, all offered as council houses.

The map attached as a comment shows the rough location and direction of each photo.

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Comment by Hugh on May 2, 2018 at 23:58

Comment by Hugh on May 3, 2018 at 10:43

Teri Wilson who used to live at 54 St Mary's commented, "Remember going to the off-licence on the corner for a bottle of tiger on a sunday"

Comment by matt on May 3, 2018 at 12:34

Any idea why the victorian housing was pulled down? Bomb damage?

Comment by Nick G-T on May 3, 2018 at 13:06

The spelling of Harringay Road has changed. 

Comment by Hugh on May 3, 2018 at 13:27

Matt, the housing was pulled down as part of the mid 20th C 'slum clearances'. All the old housing to the north of the High Street was demolished too. I think some, but not all of it was in a bad state. The housing to the north of the High Street, was some of the earliest public housing built in England.

Nick, it might have some bloody bureaucrat after 1965, or a mapper who picked up on the 'Haringey' appearing on the map and thought the was the correct way to spell it.

Comment by Janis Milnes on May 19, 2019 at 22:25

The houses were all brought in the 60's under compulsary purchase by the council/government. My family owned our house and as my dad was a builder there was nothing wrong with ours. It was sacrilige. We moved to Hampshire after this. I was 11 and missed all my friends and neighbours it was such a friendly street great childhood memories. I could see Ally Pally from my Attic bedroom it looked like a dolls house from there.

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