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A couple of Christmas stocking fillers from Hornsey Historical Society

The Hornsey Historical Society has recently published a couple of additions to their now extensive library which seem to cover all aspects of local history.


With Albert Pinching's Bounds Green, An Interesting Corner of Haringey, they have gone a little off patch as the area was originally part of Wood Green before the 1965 formation of Haringey. To establish exactly where we are, Albert starts by defining the area then leads us through a fascinating account of the ownership of this little parcel of land in the extreme north of the borough.


The history of Bounds Green can be traced back prior to the Roman occupation with Bounds Green Road following the path of an ancient British tribal track from Wood Green to Whetstone. The area’s name derives from a 14th century estate owner, John le Bounde. Like so much of the land that was once part of the Forest of Middlesex, it was for many years owned by various church institutions and monastic orders. This church connection lasted well into the middle of the 20th Century.


This little book, beautifully illustrated with engravings, maps and photographs, is full of stories of the large houses, pioneering railways, personalities and people that have made the place their home over the centuries.


The final third of the book is given over to details of a guided walk with an excellent map identifying 30 sites of local interest.


Another guided walk that has made a (re-) appearance is an updated edition of Ken Gay's 1993 Hornsey Village – A Walk. It is no accident that this has been one of the Society's most popular publications: it is easy to follow, stuffed full of facts and historical detail and well written with plenty of photographs.


Lesley Ramm and Eleri Rowlands have maintained Ken's high standards and brought us bang up to date by starting off in New River Village.


It is likely that Hornsey Village will soon be changing beyond all recognition so I recommend that anyone with even to most passing interest in Hornsey Village buys this terrific guide and sets aside an afternoon with friends and family.


Both are available from the Hornsey Historical Society, Rokesly Avenue, corner with Tottenham Lane.

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