Local History

This group is for anyone interested in starting to find out about local history, or who may have already embarked on a project. It is now run as a general monthly discussion group exploring the interests of the members.
  Over the last year some of those attending the group have begun to concentrate on a collective project researching the development of housing in Hornsey in the late 19th and early 20th century. This began by researching the occupants a few houses in the street where they lived, and has now expanded to explore different types of dwellings.
  This work has formed the basis of wide ranging discussions determined by the members of the group on the issues arising from their investigations.
  If you would like to join the group to participate in the projects or to just listen and ask questions in the discussion please get in touch by completing the form below.

  Group Convener : John Hinshelwood

The Group now currently meets via on Zoom twice a month for 40 minutes. the first Monday of the month starting at 10.30 a.m. and the Thursday two weeks later at 14.00 p.m.

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    Some completed projects

    Once Upon a Time in Crouch End
    This local history 6 month project brought together members of the Crouch End & District U3A and the Hornsey Historical Society (HHS) who had an interest in the history of Crouch End but little or no experience of local history research. The group met monthly in the Hornsey Historical Society’s Old Schoolhouse in Tottenham Lane under the supervision of John Hinshelwood (CEDU3A) and Janet Owen (HHS).
    It was intended that the completed project would be on public display during April and May in the ArtHouse Cinema, 165 Tottenham Lane, N8 9BY and during June in The Haberdashery, 22 Middle Lane, N8 8PL, but because of the coronavirus restrictions, this has not been possible.
    We are, however, delighted to bring the exhibition to the Crouch End and District U3A website for members and other visitors to enjoy.

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    Nita Hilton researched the history of the Noel Park Estate in Wood Green.
    Hazel House has been examining local census returns for 1911 and has uncovered this fascinating entry that surely will appeal to dog lovers and social historians.
    Liz Jack researched the history of Muswell Hill, and came across this gruesome story. She also has researched the history of the Muswell Hill Bus Terminus and has completed a study of the development of Muswell Hill between 1895 and 1920.
    Alison Miller has been researching the history of her house and went to Bruce Castle Museum to examine the World War II Hornsey bomb damage records.