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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Telling a Story of Crouch End using Pictures from Hornsey Historical Society Archives

  This U3A Shared Learning Project with the Hornsey Historical Society will culminate in an exhibition about Crouch End in the past using pictures from the HHS Archive.
  The project, supervised by John Hinshelwood (U3A) & Janet Owen (HHS), involves a small group of U3A and HHS members in researching and selecting a number of postcards, photographs, prints and drawings from the HHS Archive in order to tell a story about some aspect of Crouch End’s past.
  This project brings U3A members, who have an interest in the area but little or no experience of local history research, together with HHS members to learn more about
● cooperative research methods:
● problem solving
● a local archive
● how to tell a story in pictures
● issues in mounting an exhibition
  U3A members wishing to join this project should contact John Hinshelwood; johnhinshelwood@btinternet.com or telephone/text 07531866714

  HHS Members interested in participating in this project should contact Janet Owen hornseyhistoricalpublications@gmail.com or telephone OSH: 020 838 8429 (Fridays) or leave a message on other days

Members’ 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.