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The British Union of Fascists at Hornsey Town Hall

In September 1936 Alderman Moritz turned down a request from the local Labour and Communist parties for a rally in support of the Hornsey Spanish Medical Aid Committee, expressing the view that such a meeting would represent a danger to life and property. In January 1937 permission was granted to the British Union of Fascists for Oswald Mosley to address a well publicised rally inside the Town Hall. Left wing sympathisers from neighbouring boroughs poured into Crouch End to stage a counter demonstration.

The YMCA also organised exchange visits with the Hitler Youth, and leaders of the German visitors to Crouch End were received by councillors in the Town Hall.

My source for this information is "The Book of Crouch End" by BenTravers, Barracuda Books, ISBN 0860234657.

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