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Hanger Farm, Hanger Lane (St Ann's Road), March 1891

Hanger Farm stood on St Ann's Road (then known as Hanger Lane) just to the west of Blackboy Lane - around where Chestnuts Primary School is today.

Things have barely changed, eh.

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Comment by Liz on February 7, 2011 at 11:16
I'm guessing this may have been Victorian novelist, Charlotte Riddell's view from her home in St John's lodge in the mid 19th century before the railway came.
Comment by Hugh on February 9, 2011 at 20:28
Yup, pretty much it.
Comment by Liz on February 9, 2011 at 23:36

According to one of Charlotte's biographers,  S. M Ellis, Hangar Lane was rechristened St Ann's Road in 1872 and Charlotte left in 1873, writing in 1874

Sixteen years ago... [As] for Hanger Lane, no one had yet dreamed of the evil days to come, when mushroom villas should be built upon the ground that not long before was regarded as an irreclaimable morass—when at first a tavern and then a church (the two invariable pioneers of that which, for some unknown reason, we call civilisation) appeared on the scene, and brought London following at their heels . . . when, in a word, Hanger Lane should be improved off the face of the earth and in the interest of speculative builders . . called, as it is at present, St. Ann’s Road, it has only taken sixteen years to change West Green from an extremely pretty village to an eminently unde­sirable suburb.’ 

Just wondering where the date comes from for the photo. Is it as late as 1891?

Comment by StephenBln on February 10, 2011 at 0:28

As far as I know, St Ann's church was built in 1861.. certainly the area around Victoria Crescent was built by 1879.. There are house on Braemar Road dated 1885 and I think the houses on Roslyn and Seaford Roads are also from about that date.



I would imagine, although I'm not sure, that this photo is earlier.. around 1880-1885

Comment by Hugh on February 10, 2011 at 0:50

The date is given by the archivist at Bruce Castle Museum. I have no reason to doubt it. I guess the critical question is the date the school was built. Remember Harringay House was standing till 1882.


This map dated as being from 1891 might help:


Comment by Liz on February 10, 2011 at 10:30

The school opened in 1900 nine years after this photo. Looking at this map, it does look like the housing development hadn't made it as far as Blackboy Lane. This map from 1896 marks Hangar Lane Farm so the date is probably right. By 1902 all that open land has been filled in with housing, the fever hospital and the school has appeared.

The pattern seems to emanate from the railway stations which makes sense, Charlotte must have been referring to the housing east of St John's Lodge. Steve's estimation for the church building seems about right going on Charlotte's timescale. Wonder what the tavern was. 

Comment by Liz on February 10, 2011 at 18:51
Oh hang on, this was probably the tavern she was talking about The Bricklayers Arms
Comment by Hugh on March 5, 2011 at 11:32

Contemporary maps suggest this woudl have been a very familiar sight for  Charlotte Riddell who lived just over the road in St John' Lodge.


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