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Celebrating north London in the 19th century

An 1873 image showing north Londoners on a double-decker coach and horses heading towards Holloway. What about a 1906 snap of an early 18th century coaching inn at the top of Highgate West Hill, which proudly bears the sign “The Flask Tavern”. Another photograph, one of 1,000 in the collection dating from the 1880s, is by JF Hows which shows the middle classes gathering on the wide open spaces near Highgate ponds to watch a swimming competition for the King’s Cup in 1906.

This publication, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Hornsey Historical Society, presents a selection of over 120 19th- and early 20th-Century photographs from the North Middlesex Photographic Society’s survey and record of Middlesex. They record long-vanished scenes of Crouch End, Edmonton, Enfield, Hampstead, Highgate, Hornsey, Palmers Green, Stroud Green, Tottenham, and Wood Green. Details of the photographers and locations are given.

A Vision of Middlesex, by Janet Owen and John Hinshelwood, is available from the Hornsey Historical Society for £15 plus £2.50 p&p. Call 020-8348 8429 or click here. Or you can try the Amazon link on the right.


Photo: Archway Tavern bottom of Highgate Hill

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