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Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Enfield's local history associations with Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot” so goes the children’s rhyme assocated with “Guy Fawkes night” which we commemorate with fireworks and bonfires on November 5th each year.

But many things about the Gunpowder Plot have not been remembered - many…

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Added by Richard McKeever on November 2, 2014 at 16:56 — No Comments

Spouters Corner - A local tradition of political free speech.

We have become used to Election Campaigns conducted via broadcast media: leader debates live on TV, party Twitter feeds and viral videos on YouTube. Very different from earlier days when politics relied much more on face-to-face discussions, public meetings and rallies; campaigning “on the stump”.…

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Added by Richard McKeever on April 12, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

"Rebels Against Injustice" Local activities of the Suffragette movement

A recent article on the excellent PalmersGreenN13.com website includes details of a raucous incident that took place 98 years ago this week at Palmers Green Triangle where, according to the local newspaper:…

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Added by Richard McKeever on June 12, 2012 at 15:13 — 2 Comments

How The Rosalie Skating Rink became Palmers Green Bus Garage

Recent news about the redevelopment of Palmers Green Bus garage has prompted questions about its fascinating history.



Constructed just over a century ago in…

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Added by Richard McKeever on August 19, 2015 at 13:30 — 4 Comments

New voluntary Treasurer for North London Samaritans

North London Samaritans are looking for a new voluntary Treasurer - someone with an accountancy background.

The treasurer will be a support volunteer, so not involved in directly supporting callers, and will be a trustee of the charity.

If you are interested, please contact Alison Scoltock Chair North London Samaritans.

admin@northlondonsamaritans.org.uk 

Added by North London Samaritans on October 1, 2016 at 14:12 — No Comments

Shaftesbury Hall Roof update

You may have seen that a professional team have taken the roof off Shaftesbury Hall.  This has been done to prevent squatters returning to the site whilst we apply to Big Lottery to refurbish the site.

The contractors were masked and suited when removing the asbestos.  They have informed us that all the asbestos was removed in a day and hoses were sprayed on to the panels.

For the timber cladding the contractors informed us they didn't need to wear suits as there was no…

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Added by North London Samaritans on October 9, 2016 at 16:30 — 6 Comments

Frederick Alfred Hubbard - The Conscientious Objector of Whittington Road, Bowes Park

I am a big fan of the Guardian Data blog – indeed it has supplied stories for this website in the past - so I was delighted to see a fascinating link to historical data published on the Guardian site…

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Added by Richard McKeever on January 23, 2014 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Our Musical Heritage: Wood Green Jazz Club

Elvis Costello is quoted as saying: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do." but ignoring this advice a short series of articles will try to record a little of Our Musical Heritage. Part 1 Wood Green Jazz Club



Our local area has a bit of hidden history as a location for the performance and recording of…

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Added by Richard McKeever on July 16, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Centenary of Bowes Park born Illustrator Robert Ayton

This year, 2015 marks the centenary of one the best known illustrators you have probably never heard of… Yet anyone growing up in the 50s, 60s or 70s is likely to recognise the images of Robert Norton Ayton even if you do not know his name.

Robert Ayton was born in Russell Road Bowes Park…

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Added by Richard McKeever on September 14, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe - (fictional) tragedy in Shopping City



The third Haringey-set Rex Tracey novel opens with a dramatic and tragic scene as a young girl plunges in flames to her death from the balcony of Wood Green Shopping City.

Suspicious that it's not the political suicide it's made out to be by police, journalist Tracey gets on the case, digging into her family, discovering a lot about Kurdish, Turkish and Cypriot history…

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Added by Lindsey Berthoud on June 2, 2015 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Can You Find Your Place on this Victorian Map?

This week I found the most amazing Victorian map of London online. Virtually every sheet of the  Ordnance Survey's 1893-6 "Five Feet to the Mile" scale series has been painstakingly layered on top of a modern Google map. 

The detail at this scale is really amazing, you can see the layouts of individual buildings and even recognisable trees. The online version is superior to the original printed sheets as you easily zoom in, search, and move around the map. …

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Added by Peter Berthoud on January 31, 2014 at 17:19 — No Comments

Spyros Andrea: The Kinky Cobbler of Myddleton Road

Number 123 Myddleton Road is one of the finest remaining frontages in this once proud Edwardian shopping street.

If you imagine hard you might just see beyond the grimy cracked glass and flaking grey paint to relive its former grandeur.

But it’s unlikely that you would conceive…

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Added by Richard McKeever on May 18, 2013 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

Have you explored Crews Hill?

Pete and I took the train up there last weekend as we'd heard that it had some garden centres. We were really surprised by the area, Britain's "Horticultural Mile'. I wrote an article with photos about it for Londonist which you can read in full here: http://londonist.com/2014/09/explore-the-greenhouses-and-garden-centres-of-crews-hill.php

But here are some…

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Added by Lindsey Berthoud on September 22, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Hugh Myddleton speaks!

Hugh Myddleton, New River local hero and he whose name our shopping street bears, is now a talking statue

The crumbling statue of Sir Hugh sits on Islington Green and if you approach him, swipe your phone on a nearby tag and pick up your phone when it rings, he'll talk to you. 

Talking Statues is an initiative of Sing London. …

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Added by Lindsey Berthoud on August 20, 2014 at 12:37 — No Comments

Muswell Hill Beatlemania

This week's Talkies Community Cinema screening celebrated 50 years since the release of the Beatles film "A…

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Added by Administrator on July 25, 2014 at 15:06 — No Comments

The Tottenham Outrage - ace new Matt Baylis crime novel

Troubled local news reporter Rex Tracey is back and untangling more mysteries in Haringey, this time arising out of the sudden death of an entire family of Hasidic Jews enjoying a picnic in Finsbury Park.

He might have kept to the reporting had his mate and photographer colleague, Terry, not been been charged…

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Added by Lindsey Berthoud on July 18, 2014 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

On the 243 from Wood Green to Tottenham

I was on my way to the Tottenham Life Drawing Class for Beginners today and thought I would take some photographs from the top of the  243 bus. …

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Added by Kathleen Duffy on July 12, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

A Short Walk Along the Viaduct at Muswell Hill

Until last week, I never knew there was an old viaduct at Muswell Hill, so I decided to  check it out.  

I took the 102 bus from Bounds Green to Muswell Hill  and went down St James's Lane (left of St James's Church) until I came to the viaduct. There are some steps leading up, on the right hand side.  (If you come from…

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Added by Kathleen Duffy on June 23, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Something For the Weekend? - Saturday

There's nothing more boring than reading someone's What I Did At the Weekend essay..... but this blog piece is just to show that you don't have to go very far to have an interesting Saturday and Sunday in and around the Bounds Green area!  Especially if you are trying to impress someone.  Oh, and you don't have to spend a fortune either (unless you spend all weekend in the pub....see…

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Added by Kathleen Duffy on June 16, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Something for the Weekend? - Sunday

Continued from 'Saturday'  which describes how two  pensioners go a bit wild in the Bounds Green Area for hardly any money!

Sunday…

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Added by Kathleen Duffy on June 16, 2014 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

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