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History of Harringay


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

Harringay's History by Harringay Online

1. History Group Articles & Discussions

This group has a series of articles, including some original research about the neighbourhood history. It's often the case that the discussion element of the group initiates new thinking and leads to the discovery of new learning.

2. Historical Photos and Other Images

More historical photos than you can shake a stick at from 1860 onwards. Our resources include a wide range of photos including some unique ones. 

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

3. 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!). As with the History Group, discussion often leads to new insights.

4. Film

Historic footage from 1920 on.


5. Wikipedia (the First-ever Published History of Harringay)

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


6. Personal Memories Blogs

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

7. 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.


8. Telling Harringay's History

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


9. 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. 






Other sources for Harringay historical info

Other local history links

Links beyond Haringey

Harringay Online Discussion Forum

Buy a Little Memento of the Queen's Head

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh 15 hours ago . 17 Replies

The Queen's Head was an old coaching inn, first running in the eighteenth century (and possibly earlier).On ebay today, I noticed a match case that includes an inscription relating to the pub. So, of…Back to Harringay Online

The Story of the Effingham-Beresford Backlands

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh on Friday. 18 Replies

The development of the Harringay Ladder was tightly controlled, both by the covenants imposed by the land vendor, the British Land Company and through the supervision of building quality by Hornsey…Back to Harringay Online

Tags for Forum Posts: harringay's edwardian halls, victorian & edwardian builders made good

'Take That' got start in Harringay: Bolts nightclub and all that

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Paul C on Friday. 19 Replies

I've just come back from and event where I fell into conversation with a chap called Nicky Price. Nicky's an interesting guy with some great local connections.Back in 1981 young Greek entrepreneur,…Back to Harringay Online

He Came, He Sawed.....Harringay & Wood Green's Victorian Saw Mill Guy

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Derek Reynolds on Thursday. 5 Replies

Born in Clerkenwell in 1841 James Alsford established what was one of…Back to Harringay Online

The Development of Sainsbury's Crouch End in Pictures (and a special link with the Sainsbury family)

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Ruth Jul 28. 1 Reply

Below is a series of photos showing the development of Sainsbury's in Crouch End. The store opened at the end of the nineteenth century and ran until 1971. As the pictures show, the shop did grow and…Back to Harringay Online

Medal Citation For Attempted Rescue in tragic Hornsey Fire

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Geraldine Jul 28. 1 Reply

I came across the following citation for an Order of St. John Lifesaving Medal, presented to Sgt. Arthur Patrick McNally of 7 Bttn. Midx. Rgt. 1931.It recites a tragic incident  but I thought it…Back to Harringay Online

Hornsey's First Pleasure Grounds

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Jul 26. 2 Replies

Image 1: Hornsey High Street, with the pleasure grounds on the left of the…Back to Harringay Online

What Happened to the Men who Built the Ladder?

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Jul 21. 64 Replies

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

Tags for Forum Posts: victorian & edwardian builders made good

The Brutish Belgian Lieutenant and 'The Mansion' in Wood Green

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Old-Age-Emporium(OAE) Jul 7. 5 Replies

The Mansion Alexandra Park Road, c1900 (colourised by me)Back in the…Back to Harringay Online

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Sleuthing Help Needed - Ogden & Hart Wool & Flock Manufacturers Green Lanes

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Jul 7. 5 Replies

A few weeks back I stumbled across a reference to a fire of 1860 that destroyed the Phoenix Mills, premises of Ogden & Hart Wool and Flock Manufacturers on Green Lanes, Tottenham.…Back to Harringay Online


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