Local History

  A group for anyone interested in starting to find out about local history, or who may have already embarked on a project, by using the history of Hornsey over five distinct time periods: pre-1800, 1800-1860, 1860-1900, 1900-1965 and post-1965.
  The aim of the group is to investigate how Hornsey has changed over time and what sources of information can be used to gain an understanding of the development in each period.
  The course will help to answer various questions such as:- Why is it called Hornsey? How many people lived here? When did it become a suburb? How were children educated? Where is it now? These and many other questions will be discussed depending on the interests of the group.

  Group Convener : John Hinshelwood

The Group meets at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road, Crouch End, N8 9LP, usually on the first Monday of every month (except August and December), 10 a.m. – noon.

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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.


Research projects

Nita Hilton has been researching 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 has been researching 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.