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This shows Crouch Hill. The best estimate of the precise location is that it was taken from the Stroud Green side of Crouch Hill, just north of Crouch Hill Station, looking north up the hill towards Crouch End. I think the first church on the right is the Presbyterian Church and the one beyond is the Wesleyan (You can see the spire of the other church between "a" and "Curated" of the watermark - Click View Full Size below right for a larger version of the image). These churches stood almost opposite Shaftesbury Avenue. On the hill beyond there still stood some huge early Victorian mansions with immense gardens. All were gone by the middle of the 20th Century.

From Ordnance Survey Map 1893-95

See this a photo of this church from the front here.

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Tags (All lower case. Use " " for multiple word tags): crouch hill, crouch hill churches
Albums: Historical images of Stroud Green

Comment by Jacq on March 29, 2019 at 7:25

The area on the right is now the site of the Holly Park estate. The land was bequeathed to provide housing for the poor but a lot of the mature trees still exist and it's a grade 2 listed site of borough importance for nature conservation.  The avenue of trees next to what was the church is still largely there as are a lot of other mature trees.  

Comment by Hugh on March 29, 2019 at 9:12

Thanks for that additional info, Jacq. 

Comment by Matt on March 29, 2019 at 10:15

There is one surviving Methodist chapel on the site - hard to pinpoint on the map, it's roughly where the Sunday school is marked but aligned differently: alongside the lane rather than end-on to it. It's a handsome early Victorian red-brick building, not in great shape but still in use.

Comment by Matt on March 29, 2019 at 10:17

I just noticed there are two Sunday schools! It's the northern one, next to Holly Lodge itself.

Comment by Hugh on March 29, 2019 at 10:17

Thanks, Matt.

Comment by man-thinking on March 29, 2019 at 21:48

If this is indeed Crouch Hill the image has somehow got reversed.

Looking down Crouch Hill towards Stroud Green the site of the churches should appear on the left (as we see it) not the right.

Comment by Hugh on March 29, 2019 at 21:50

It is indeed Crouch Hill, but it’s not looking down the hill towards Stroud Green. As I said in my original comment, it’s looking north towards Crouch End. (And it is indeed Crouch Hill).

Comment by Richard Woods on March 30, 2019 at 12:03

Did that not become Holly Park Methodist Church? I seem to recall it from the 60s - the minister was a chap called (John) Chidg(e)y I believe?

Comment by Hugh on April 27, 2019 at 11:23

When I first added this picture I'd forgotten that I'd added a picture of the Presbyterian church from the front. I've added a link to that picture at the bottom of the main text above.

Comment by Alan on April 29, 2019 at 15:03

About where Ilex House is today.

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