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In this Heritage Talk via Zoom, local historian John Hinshelwood lifts the veil on what our area was like before the creation of Finsbury Park.
As you walk up the perimeter road in Finsbury Park from the Seven Sisters Gate to the Hornsey Gate you pass close to the site of the old Hornsey Wood Tavern, pulled down in 1866 to make way for the park which opened in 1869.
Hornsey Wood Tavern by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1792-1864). Bruce Castle Museum.
The history of Hornsey Wood and its house, tea and pleasure gardens and the latter-day tavern go back as far as the sixteenth century. This talk will take you back through time in a number of steps to the 17th century when Ferdinando Hipsley of Copt Hall, on the Manor of Brownswood, in Hornsey, was living in there. It will then explore the development of the house form its humble beginnings as a manor house, through its life as a fashionable tea house eventually becoming a sporting venue and Tavern for Londoners before the opening of Finsbury Park.
John Hinshelwood lives in Harringay and was Curator and Archivist of the Hornsey Historical Society from 1998-2005. He has authored numerous books about the area including The Old Dairy at Crouch Hill, How Harringay Happened, and Harringay: A Century of Change.
The series is part of 2NQ's People and Heritage Programme programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Haringey Council. Three heritage talks took place earlier this year in Finsbury Park Café, nest to the boating lake in the middle of the park. With the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 emergency, we are now organising the same informal but well-informed talks via Zoom.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation, and to find out more about the heritage of the Finsbury Park area.
The event is free to attend but registration is required.