Moselle River - Crouch End

River Moselle
Various tributaries of the Moselle flow eastwards: Queens Wood Stream, Priory Brook and Cholmondley Brook
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Suburban area to the south of Crouch End with Hornsey School of Art and much else.

Post to the west Highgate
Post to the north Hornsey
Post to the south Archway
Post to the east Crouch End

Avenue Road
Cholmondley Brook passes along the north side of the road
1 old people’s flats which use an arched wall feature from the previous house as part of garden terrace. The architects were Marden and Knight and they won a competition set by the Avenue Road Residents Association.
2 Avenue Hall. Flats which date from 1964
5 Avenue Heights. This 12 floor tower block was built in 1964 as sheltered accommodation for elderly Jewish refugees. It was originally named after Eleanor Rathbone, MP who campaigned for the entry into the UK of refugees from the Nazis.

Barrington Road
The Priory Brook crosses the road from Carisfort Road and enters Priory Park at its corner.

Berkeley Road
Cholmondley Brook goes north on its east side. This was part of a series of lakes in the grounds of Crouch Hall
Bryanston Road
Cast iron street name plaque the wall of house in Shanklin Road

Carysford Road
The Priory Brook emerges from the edge of the Playing Fields and follows the line of this road to Barrington Road

Coleridge Road
Cholmondley Brook goes along the north side of the road. This was part of a series of lakes in the grounds of Crouch Hall

Coolhurst Road
Cholmondley Brook crosses the road. The road was laid out by 1881 with some infill of local authority and other flats in the 1960s
Post Office pillar box with no inscription near the junction with Shepherds Hill
Post Office pillar box inscribed GVIR at junction with Crescent Road

Court Side
Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club, Founded as a tennis club in 1903 by members of the local YMCA it was at first called Fairfield Tennis Club with twenty-four members. A year later the club took over four courts on the current site and became the Coolhurst Lawn Tennis Club. They became independent of the YMCA in 1907, and in the 1930s, added two squash courts and a bar.

Crescent Road
Laid out 1871 with spiky Gothic houses of which nine remain. The road curves around Christ Church in Crouch End Hill.
Christ Church Parish Hall
Alyn Court
15, 17, 19 Gothic style 19th villas on the outer curve of the road. Steeply gabled, in brick with coloured bands and a carved decoration.
15A Solis House a late 20th addition replicating their style and materials. Plaque saying ok for aesthetic design by Prince of Wales in 1999.
Highgate Spinney. 20th  flat roofed brick slab-block
Williams Close on the junction with Coolhurst Road made up of three mid 20th brick blocks of flats
Green space at the junction with Avenue Road with mature horse chestnut trees

Crouch End Hill
Christ Church.  The site was given for a new parish church by C.S.Dickens from land on the Crouch Hall Estate.  It replaced a rented chapel which was inadequate. It was architect Blomfield’s first church in this part of London, and completed over a long period between 1861 and 1881. It is in Kentish ragstone in a 13th Gothic style.  There is a bronze war memorial with figure of St George by L. F. Roslyn. 
Churchyard –impressively leafy on the hillside.
Hillside. A late 20th block of flats that replaced a detached late Victorian villa of the same name.
Coleridge Primary School – this is now the west site. It opened here in `97`
Coleridge Primary School East. This is the old TUC Training Centre which Haringey took over in 2006.and decided to extend Coleridge Primary School.  There is a specially installed traffic light linking the two sites.
Hornsey School of Art.  This originally fronted onto Waverley Road. This began as private classes under Frank Swinstead which opened as a school and residence in 1882, with government help. It later became the Hornsey School of Arts and Crafts and supported by Middlesex County Council from 1904 buying the freehold in 1925. It was reconstructed with an extension in 1931. The school was overcrowded by 1953 and expansion was difficult although the school was widely known for its 'Hornsey’ designs. In the 1970s into merged with what was then Middlesex Polytechnic and relocated to Cat Hill.
TUC National Education Centre - the Art School building was subsequently converted in 1984 as the Trades Union Congress national training centre. In 2005 they surrendered the lease and Haringey Council took it over and it was converted to an extension of Coleridge Primary School.

Crouch Hall Road
This was built as the main axis of a grid of streets laid out by the Imperial Investment Company from 1882 On the Crouch Hall estate. It led to Crouch Hall itself which was at the eastern end.
Surgery to the rear of No. 48
Post Office pillar box with no inscription outside 20

Edison Road
Laid out in 1870 by William Bird who owned Crouch Hall.
Sunday Schools for Christchurch. Site given by William Bird and the architect was A.E.Billing. Built 1878 and enlarged in 1890s.
Edison Centre
18 and 19 Christ Church Cottages. Built in 1900 on land secured by Rev. Sharp. An entry goes to 20 which is a commercial property behind.
23 Parish Hall. This is now the School of Islamic Sufism

Glasslyn Road
Post Office pillar box inscribed GVIR on junction with Tivoli Road

Montenotte Road
Highgate Wood School.  Built in 1956 by Architect E.D.Mills as Bishopswood School. It became a compressive in replacing two others. This site was initially the Upper School but now takes all pupils.
Crouch End Playing Fields. Established for sports 1890. The Queens Wood Stream crosses the playing fields in a culvert south of the footpath to Park Road. The stream was still open in the 1930s.  The Priory Stream follows the field’s southern boundary where there is a line of trees and goes under the site of the baths. It then follows Carisfort Road,

Park Road
Was previously called Maynard Street. An older area of development. The Queens Wood Stream crosses the road in a culvert at its lowest point. Cholmondley Brook also crosses it.
57 Moors Bar, in temperance coffee house Building with and two sedate bay windows.
59 Former Woodwork Building with battlements, turret and half-timbered gable.  This was an addition to Hornsey’s first board school by H. Chatfeild Clarke in 1893. The school itself replaced was by a crescent of houses behind in 1994.
70 Maynard Arms. Named after a medieval Lord of the Manor. Built 1851
115 Bar Apogee Pub, since closed, Previously O's Bar and The Bird in Hand.
120 Villiers Terrace pub. This used to be the Princess Alexandra. pub
Park Road Leisure Centre. Open-air pool opened 1929 plus indoor pools opened 1974 by Leonard Vincent, Raymond Garbing & Partners.
Kelland Close 1937 – domestic style round a garden. Hornsey council housing: three ranges
Ramsey Court.  This block of flats was a replacement for Bomb damage built in 1952 by B. Bancroft
Hornsey Central Hospital.   The Cottage Hospital was built by Hornsey Borough Council by George Lethbridge on land donated by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The foundation stone was laid in 1907and the Hospital opened in 1910. It was extended as a War Memorial for those killed in the Great War and was extended again later. In the 1979 it was a general and acute hospital until 1981, when it became a geriatric hospital. It closed in 2001 and was demolished in 2007. It is replaced by a primary care health centre.
War Memorial - this has been incorporated into the health centre.  It is a chapel dating from 1921 in Red brick. There are wooden doors with inscription ‘THE BOROUGH OF HORNSEY WAR MEMORIAL’ below the borough arms. Inside are 44 panels, carved with names of the dead.
Nurses Home, site developed for housing

Shanklin Road
Cholmondley Brook goes along its north side. This was part of a series of lakes in the grounds of Crouch Hall
Post Office pillar box inscribed VR on junction with Park Road

Stanhope Road
Cholmondley Brook crosses the road near its junction with Claremont Road which is its lowest point.
Channing School Playing Fields. Cholmondley Brook passes along the east side and is joined by another tributary,
Post Office pillar box inscribed VR on junction with Shepherd’s Hill

Topsfield Close
site of Crouch End School.  Crouch End Board School moved here in 1877. It was renovated and reopened in 1935. Senior boys moved in the 1940s and the junior school closed in 1975.
Cast iron street name plaque at first floor level on No.1

Waverley Road
Line of a pre-railway path from Crouch End Hill to Hornsey Rise. Probably by the local builder W.J. Collins on the site of Oakfield House. Their style derives from the 'artistic' houses of Norman Shaw.
Coleridge East. On the old Art School site, now used by the primary school is a 19th House, built as a home for the School Principal in the 1890’s.

Wood Vale
The stream from Queens Wood crosses over Wood Vale

Christ Church web site
Clunn. The Face of London
Coolhurst Tennis Club web site
Greater London Council. Home Sweet Home
Highgate Wood School web site
History of Middlesex. Middlesex CC
Hornsey British History web site
London Borough of Haringey web site
Middlesex Churches
Pevsner and Cherry, London North
Pinching and Dell. Harringey’s Hidden Streams
Stevenson. Middlesex
Walford. Highgate to the Lea,
Walk around Muswell Hill


Richard Woods said…
Number 161 Tottenham Lane, an interesting 1930s building, was never the home of the Islington Gazette. This was the home of the Hornsey Journal and the North London Press (plus later the Hampstead News and others). For a long time it was a printing centre after 1950 with a rotary press and typesetting machines and composition.
Also you state Stationers moved from Fleet Street - more exactly and within the school song it moved from Bolt Court. It was never a company school in fact - but a guild school of the Worshipful Company of Stationers etc.
I think it would be good to note that Crouch End was the centre of the Borough of Hornsey which was joined with Tottenham and Wood Green in 1963 to become Haringey (as opposed to Harringay of course).
Delighted with your refs to Cholmeley (Cholmondeley?) Brook which we've been trying to trace. Can you turn up more on Shepherd's Hill, and, particularly, Stanhope Road? I've heard there was a dairy just under the railway bridge, and given that the land on the south side wasn't built on until the 1990s, from the bridge up to Elmcroft Court (on the corner with Hornsey Lane), it would be great to ascertain whether this wasn't land for cattle grazing.

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