Or Tottenham High
Road, principally that part of it between Tottenham High Cross and the Edmonton
Boundary, although the bit between Stamford Hill and the Cross (N15) will get
a look-in too.
Why produce a website about a high road anywhere? some of you might justifiably
ask. And why Tottenhams?
Well, why not?
Firstly, although a web search for sites devoted to Tottenham will turn up plenty
of hits, just about all of them are for Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur F.C., for the
uninitiated, the only genuine North London Premiership side, those pretenders
over in Highbury are Johnny-come-lately interlopers from south of the river).
Oh, and Tottenham korfball club whatever korfball might be (sorry, korfball
aficionados who might read this) and Tottenham, Canada. Unless its
exceedingly well concealed, there isnt a single site about Tottenham High
Roads long, if admittedly largely uneventful, history.
Secondly, until 150 years or so ago, Tottenham was, essentially, the High Road
and not much else.
Thirdly, the High Road has been a major highway for the best part of 2000 years
although its route has inevitably gone a little awry over the centuries,
it is still essentially part of ancient Ermine Street, the Roman road from London
to Lincoln. Izaak Walton, in The Compleat Angler, has Piscator deliver
his discourse on angling to Venator as they walk together up the High Road.
Well, Scholar, having now taught you to
paint your rod, and we having still a mile to Tottenham High-Cross, I will, as
we walk towards it in the cool shade of this sweet honeysuckle hedge, mention
to you some of the thoughts and joys that have possessed my soul since we two
Finally, Tottenham has existed as a place-name for at least 1000 years
its there in the Domesday Book.
A place with that much history deserves just a little webspace, dont you
Obviously, this is going to be a constantly-evolving site, with bits and pieces
being added as and when I have time so, please bookmark and pop back every
now and again to see whats new. Comment, criticism and suggestions are very
welcome Id like above all for this site to become a really useful
resource for the family and local historian with interests in this area of North
London (or Middlesex, as I prefer in my contrary manner).