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History of Harringay

For members interested in learning more about Harringay's history and sharing their own historical knowledge and historical images.

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Harringay's History

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1. Pictures

More historical photos than you can shake a stick at from 1860 onwards.

See a full list of the albums along with links, here

2. Film

Historic footage from 1920 on.


3. Wikipedia

A series of eight articles on Wikipedia all thoroughly researched and referenced, if rather hurriedly written by Hugh, which when writen in 2007-08, together made up the first ever history of Harringay.


4. Timeline

We developed a Harringay timeline on Dipity's innovative website back in 2010. It was a convenient  way to leaf through our neighbourhood's history. Sadly, the Dipity website closed from late 2016. Moist of it survived for a till late 2019 in a version of the page on the Wayback Machine. However, the site seems to have relied on a Google API. This was disabled by Google for all Dipity timelines and now little information is accessible. 


5. History group

This group has a series of scrapbook articles which enrich the neighbourhood history.


6. Personal Memories Blogs

collection of memories from times past written by former residents of the area.


7. In the Forum

Sometimes posts about Harringay's history get added to the forum. We've tried to gather as many as possible of those together here, (but there may be unlinked gems!).

8. Virtual Blue Plaque Map

A map charting the residences of the more well-known residents from our history. (Sadly the Community Walk Map seems not to be functioning 100% with Google Maps any longer, but it still good enough to see the key information).  A work in progress begun in July 2010. More here.


9. Telling Harringay's History

Download a short pdf by Hugh about writing the first history of Harringay (click the picture to download):







Other sources for Harringay historical info

Other local history links

Links beyond Haringey

Harringay Online Discussion Forum

Shoreditch Almshouses, Nightingale Road, Wood Green

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Colin Marr yesterday. 1 Reply

Shoreditch Almshouses, Wood Green, c1904The Shoreditch almshouses are so…Back to Harringay Online

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What Happened to the Men who Built the Ladder?

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh on Sunday. 62 Replies

For a few decades now, I've known that the Harringay Park Estate, on which…Back to Harringay Online

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'Alexandra Park at the Outbreak of War' as told by the 155th North London Scout Troop

Started by Annie. Last reply by Andrew Mar 26. 3 Replies

I currently have in my care the archives of a local scout group, 155th North London, who were founded in 1913. It's a real treasure trove of stories and photos, from 1919 - 1956, and contains details…Back to Harringay Online

The Harringay Protest - Smoked out of Town

Started by Hugh Mar 24. 0 Replies

I came across the article below  from a 1900 newspaper. I'm adding it for local interest. (Also, it is worthy of note that the John Davis mentioned was one of the builders of the Ladder. His story…Back to Harringay Online

Hornsey Magic Lantern Slides at The Laurels Updated

Started by Hugh Mar 21. 0 Replies

Three years ago, I reproduced a set of slides showing middle class life inside a Hornsey home. At the time I had little information about the house or the people who lived in it. Earlier today I came…Back to Harringay Online

A River Through it - Development of the New River and Water Works in Hornsey

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Mar 8. 14 Replies

The reservoir and water works in Hornsey have been a familiar site to locals for over a century and a half. But the story of their development is much less well known. The area of land just to the…Back to Harringay Online

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Alexandra Park Open Air Swimming Bath

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Lydia Walter Mar 5. 22 Replies

Open-air swimming baths were quite popular in the three old boroughs that now make up Haringey. But the first to be opened was in Alexandra Park in 1876, then, still part of Tottenham borough. But…Back to Harringay Online

Pietro Pazzi's Edwardian Restaurant in Finsbury Park

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Feb 20. 11 Replies

Pazzi's Restaurant near the entrance to Finsbury Park in what is today a LidlIf you had…Back to Harringay Online

Under a Spreading Chestnut-tree the Village Smithy Stands

Started by Hugh. Last reply by John Shulver Feb 16. 7 Replies

For almost 200 years a blacksmith’s forge stood at the corner of the High Road and Lordship Lane in Wood Green, where the Hollywood Cinema is today. Whether, like Longfellow's smithy it stood under a…Back to Harringay Online

World's largest piano built in Harringay

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Julian Hellaby Jan 30. 12 Replies

In 1935 Challen, one of Harringay's several piano manufacturers, built the largest piano in the world at their Hermitage Road factory. At 11 feet 8 inches long and weighing over one and quarter tons,…Back to Harringay Online

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