Month: May 2020

Signs for bakers their shops in Haringey
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Signs for bakers their shops in Haringey

Old signs for bakers and their shops can be found on our local streetscapes today – alongside new ones. Here’s a familiar sign in the shop window of the large and popular bakery with its tasty treats at ‘Yassar Halim’, 493 Green Lanes, Harringay: © Bruce Castle Museum (Haringey Archive and Museum Service) Some of...

Did you know …. Haringey was where cinema first started?
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Did you know …. Haringey was where cinema first started?

Haringey residents visiting their local cinema or, for some, working in film and screen today, may not realise that they have to thank a couple who lived in Muswell Hill over 110 years ago for creating ‘cinema’. In today’s post we thought we would link you up with some very early film, to take a...

The Great Panorama
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The Great Panorama

Did you know that between 1881-1883, in the Alexandra Palace grounds, adjacent to the upper lakes, there once stood an enormous wooden rotunda? Well, I didn’t know – but my late friend, colleague and Panorama expert Ralph Hyde (formerly Keeper of Prints, Maps & Drawings at Guildhall Library) was soon going to enthusiastically tell me...

Thumb’s Up for the (Penny) Posties
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Thumb’s Up for the (Penny) Posties

We’re going to wander about with our postal workers on their rounds and give a BIG thumbs up to our posties, – a thank you to the great work they have been doing in keeping us connected with each other and delivering things we can’t buy locally during the lockdown. We do have, of course,...

Basil Lewis OBE (1928 – 2020).
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Basil Lewis OBE (1928 – 2020).

Basil was born in Clarendon, Jamaica in 1928, and came to London in 1954 aged 26. He was not only Haringey’s first Black Council Member, but was also a founding member of the Council’s Race Equalities Committee, Anglo-West Indian Conservative Society and the Hornsey Cooperative Credit Union. Basil received an OBE for his work with...

Chiming with History
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Chiming with History

‘As the chimes of the “grandfather” or long-case clock standing in the entrance hall resound around the museum at Bruce Castle, most visitors will be unaware of the connection with one of the old characters of Tottenham. Clock at Bruce Castle (above) and Billy Mudge on his bone-shaker in 1952. You might remember him from...