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Pedal Power in Haringey
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Pedal Power in Haringey

During what would have been the second week of the Olympic Games 2020, we continue to look at aspects of our local sporting heritage and find out about those who have cycled to success in the past. From its invention in 1817 through to the modern day, the bicycle and cycling has been a huge...

The Last Elm
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The Last Elm

Some of you might recall in July last year the premier of Bruce Grove Stories, to showcase a new short film by BBC documentary-maker Alex Jones about the community and neighbourhood of Bruce Grove in Tottenham and a specially-commissioned poem about Bruce Grove by the poet Abondance Matanda. The event highlighted the project to bring...

Huff and puff up Highgate Hill
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Huff and puff up Highgate Hill

If you are a very keen cyclist, you may well have checked out the more challenging inclines in London. Although not known particularly for its hills, London does have some really tough climbs if riding a bike (or even walking for that matter!). And not surprisingly most of the steep hills are located in and...

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...

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,...

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...

The oldest, littlest house…
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The oldest, littlest house…

Lets step back in time to look at the Woodside area of Wood Green, which is tucked up by the Enfield border on its northern edge, with White Hart Lane to the south. Woodside resident and Membership Secretary of the Friends of Bruce Castle, Cherry McAskill, has very kindly helped us with the following post...

Pedal Power in Haringey
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Pedal Power in Haringey

During our present lock-down, cycling is one form of exercise that has been allowed by the government, with all due care and attention for social distancing that comes with it of course. Whether you are able to get on a bike, or be lucky enough to have an exercise bike at home (or might even...

Room with a View
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Room with a View

As our everyday experience of the world has suddenly become smaller and we view the outside from our homes, from our windows or balconies, we thought we would share some views from around the borough from our collections – as seen through or from windows by artists and photographers.   A room with a view...