I am in Muswell Hill almost daily but I can’t say I know a great deal about the events which have shaped the way it looks today. Thank goodness we have the wonderful Hornsey Historical Society whose members work so hard ...
I am in Muswell Hill almost daily but I can’t say I know a great deal about the events which have shaped the way it looks today. Thank goodness we have the wonderful Hornsey Historical Society whose members work so hard to record the past in easy to access ways. Their brilliant guided walks are a great place to start to know more about the place we call home.
Take Muswell Hill for instance; a fact-packed little guide was published last year, ‘Muswell Hill Four Walks’, written by Eleri Rowlands and illustrated with photos by the author and Lesley Ramm. It’s not long, just 38 packed pages and is small enough to pop in your pocket when walking. There are four walks, each with a specially drawn map, which takes you around the area pointing out things of special interest.
Did you know for instance that the bus park at the top of the hill was once Muswell Hill Village pond,
This is a pond in Mill Hill but I’m guessing the one on Muswell Hill would have looked similar.
and that this roundabout was originally known as The Plantation?
We all love Martyn’s for its oldie worldie look and quirky service but did you know it has been in the same family since opening in 1897 and that special atmosphere has been achieved by doing…very little.
Muswell Hill resident William Barlow (1845 – 1934) has a ridge on the moon named after him.
And have you ever wondered where the stylish Edwardian pubs are? Well, there aren’t any as the developers were Nonconformist- no evil drinking dens for them.
Do you ever pass these flats in Fortis Green? Nothing particularly funny about them? It seems they were built in 1958 to house police officers and named The Copse – get it, Cops?
Muswell Hill Four Walks £4.50 from Hornsey Historical Society, The Old Schoolhouse, 136 Tottenham Lane N8 7EL (corner with Rokesley Avenue). It would be a great companion to Hornsey Village – a Walk (£4) and Crouch End Four Walks (£4.50).