Welcome to The High Road, N17

How it Was
The 1841 Census
The 1851 Census
The 1861 Census
The 1871 Census
The 1881 Census
The 1891 Census
All Hallows’ Parish Registers
All Hallows’ MIs
Trade Directories

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 Tottenham’s?

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 it’s exceedingly well concealed, there isn’t a single site about Tottenham High Road’s 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 met together.’

Finally, Tottenham has existed as a place-name for at least 1000 years — it’s there in the Domesday Book.

A place with that much history deserves just a little webspace, don’t you think?

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 what’s new. Comment, criticism and suggestions are very welcome — I’d 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).

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