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Hornsey Horse Drawn Haymaking, c1900

The photographer, Albert Alexander Newman was born in 1882 in Langford Bedfordshire. By the time he was 10, his father had taken a job as a labourer for Hornsey Council and moved the family to Fortis Green. By 1901, the family had moved to 88 Park Road in Crouch End. Albert was working as a photographer's assistant.

His mother is recorded as having died in 1908, but there is no record of his father's death.

By 1911 Albert had apparently moved moved back to Bedfordshire. We might speculate that this was related to the death of one or both of his parents.

He joined the County of London Artists Rifles Battalion in the first World War and died in action, aged 37 on 15th June 1917.

This photo is stamped on the rear A Newman, Photographer, Park Road 88 Park Road, Crouch End. So it it likely to have been taken around the turn of the century. There is no information as to where the photo was taken. But there were certainly fields just beyond Crouch End that might've been cut for hay. So we might speculate that this could have been taken relatively locally.

I bought the photo because I thought it's a nice reminder of a different way of life and it was taken by a sometime local lad, trying to improve his lot in, what turned out be his rather short life.

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Comment by Ken Stevens on July 17, 2020 at 7:21

I saw that photo and did wonder about it, because a couple of times I have been deceived by seeing interesting pics of Crouch Hill, then realising that is in Dorset!      In this instance I'm wondering whether the history of the Shepherds Cot Trust might be relevant. Never heard of it before but maybe it might give a lead for your professional historical skills?


Comment by Hugh on July 17, 2020 at 9:19

Thanks, Ken. I did think of that area, but having looked at the 1895 OS map and some contemporary photos, it looked like most of the farm work had shifted to playing field use bu the end of the century. But there may have been areas clinging on that were still agricultural.

I had heard of Shepherd's Cot. It was a farm, roughly where Highgate school is. A decade ago, I went to meet a group who took a lease of part of the old farmlands. 

The farm was also probably the site of the birth of women's football.

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