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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

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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

Under a Spreading Chestnut-tree the Village Smithy Stands

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Richard Woods 11 hours ago . 2 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

An Air Raid Shelter under the Harringay Flyover

Started by Liz. Last reply by Hugh Jan 12. 6 Replies

During World War II, an air raid shelter for the protection of civilians and employees during air-strikes and bombardments was built under the Harringay Flyover.As you can see from…Back to Harringay Online

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What Happened to the Men who Built the Ladder?

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Nov 7, 2019. 52 Replies

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

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A Harringay Story - From 21st Century Planning Permissions to the East End Rag Trade and Russian Pogroms

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Pat Nov 3, 2019. 8 Replies

Yesterday, I was sent the weekly planning applications list by Haringey Council. One entry surprised me. An application has been retrospectively made to change the use of 45 Grand Parade (part of the…Back to Harringay Online

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Salisbury Promenade

Started by Padmadipa Paul Simmons. Last reply by Hugh Oct 21, 2019. 4 Replies

Does anyone know the history of Salisbury Promenade? The design of the front looks to me remarkably like some inner London underground stations that have been built into to the building, and…Back to Harringay Online

1962: Barbara Windsor, resident of Grand Parade, Harringay

Started by Liz. Last reply by John Shulver Oct 21, 2019. 13 Replies

'In 1962 I was working for the London Evening Standard taking a portrait each week for the newspaper's Show Page and working with the reporter Gerard Garret. My diary for 22 August 1962 records our…Back to Harringay Online

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Goodbye to Harringay's Five Fingered Dairy

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Christine Killick Oct 20, 2019. 8 Replies

A discussion elsewhere on HoL about the fate of the last of Harringay's…Back to Harringay Online

Old Eel Pie House (The Sluice House Tavern)

Started by Hugh. Last reply by None Oct 11, 2019. 13 Replies

The Old Eel Pie House was a popular leisure destination for Londoners in the eighteenth…Back to Harringay Online

Jones & Willis - Hornsey Art Metalworkers to the Queen

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Hugh Oct 8, 2019. 1 Reply

Looking earlier at an old picture of the Great Northern Railway Tavern on Hornsey High Street, I noticed that the sign to the east of the pub carries the name of Jones & Willis in place of…Back to Harringay Online

The State of Harringay's Hermitage Brook & the Desire for its Culverting

Started by Hugh. Last reply by Ceri Aug 3, 2019. 23 Replies

I noticed an interesting short light-humoured article with a serious message in a 1903 copy of the London North Mercury & Crouch End Observer. It consisted chiefly of a (pretty poor) rhyme which…Back to Harringay Online

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