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Hornsey Historical Society: “Muswell Hill Four Walks”

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The Hornsey Historical Society is delighted to announce the publication of the latest in its series of local guided walks “Muswell Hill Four Walks“.

This new historical walk booklet replaces Key Gay’s popular 2003 publication A Walk Around Muswell Hill.

Its 38 pages are produced in full colour and contain well over one hundred photographs (taken by author Eleri Rowlands and fellow Society member Lesley Ramm) as well as specially drawn map of the walks.

Research took nearly nine months and involved talking to many residents and traders. Along the way Eleri and Lesley uncovered many interesting facts …

  • The bus stand at the top of the hill is on the site of the Muswell Hill village pond. This roundabout was originally known as The Plantation
  • The now closed Green  Man Public House can be traced back almost five hundred years to 1552
  • Broadway provisions merchants W Martyn has been in the same family since opening in 1897
  • Muswell Hill resident William Barlow (1845 – 1934) has a ridge on the moon named after him.
  • No pubs were built by Muswell Hill’s Nonconformist Edwardian developers.
  • A 1958 block of flats in Fortis Green was built to house police officers and named The Copse – pun intended!

Author Eleri Rowlands, who has lived in and around Muswell Hill for nearly 65 years,  says

“This has been a labour of love. The people Lesley and I met as we walked and talked were wonderful – full of knowledge and enthusiasm for this fascinating part of London. Walking is a great way to get to know and understand an area and I hope the guide will fire people’s interest in local history.”

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).

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