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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

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This 14th century gold and emerald finger-ring is in the collection of the British Museum. It was found at the Queen's Head Tavern on Green Lanes in 1898, probably when the pub was being rebuilt.

The ring is engraved in black letters with the legend:

He who spends more than belongs to him / Kills himself without striking a blow.

Although the ring was acquired by the British Museum in 1899, it has only been exhibited once and then only for four months. Between 6 November 1987 and 6 March 1988 it was part of an exhibition entitled Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400 at the Royal Academy of Arts.

According to Jonathan Alexander in a publication prepared for that exhibition, 'It is unusual to find such an elaborate inscription on a ring. The use of French rather than English raises the possibility that this ring is a French import, but French was still widely used in England among the nobility.'

(Jonathan Alexander, The Age of Chivalry. Art in Plantagenet England, 1200-1400, Jonathan Alexander, Paul Binski (Eds), Royal Academy of Arts , Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London/London, Royal Academy, 1987)

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So much treasure under our feet.  Sadly lockdowned by concrete :/

With Tottenham being such a rich area in the past.  There will be more finds to be had......if it was possible.

Is there not a story (apocryphal?) that the Princes in theTower were met at Harringay and escorted securely into London? Nice to imagine a connection.

Not that I've heard.

There is a piece of accepted history about a rebellion against an early medieval king where the rebel knights met up at 'Harringay'. But that was Harringay used in its ancient sense, i.e. Harringay alias Hornsey: Hornsey being the ancient manor. It's generally accepted that the event took place in Highagte. I'll dig up more about it when I get time later, but I'm displacing from an urgent deadline right now!

Yes, thats the only ref Ive heard about it too.

Rebels R Us :)



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