The Harringay Ladder is an area of 20 streets between Green Lanes and Wightman Road, in N4 and N8. Only 10 minutes from Highbury by bike or car, it is on the other side of Finsbury Park and two stops further on the Piccadilly line from Arsenal.

So which is right and how in hell's name did we get to be blessed with so many different names? 

The name Harringay came from the Saxon, Haering's Hege — the enclosure of Haering's people. During the following several hundred years, spellings were rarely fixed and the name went through 162 recorded variations. The Harringay variant was first recorded in 1569. The variant for the nearby area of Hornsey appeared in 1646. But oldest of all, Haringey, was first recorded in 1387.

The Harringay Passage in the London Borough of Haringey has an interesting history. It is built on land once part of the estate of Harringay House.

We can thank God for whoever is responsible for the road signs. Approach Harringay from any direction and you'll confidently be directed towards 'Harringay'. I'm assuming that TfL is reponsible for this. Good old TfL.

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In the mid-19th century, the arrival of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) cleaved western Harringay from the rest of the Borough of Hornsey and set it fair for its subsequent union with the southwesternmost slice of the Borough of Tottenham. The subsequent construction of the Tottenham & Hampstead Junction Railway (THJR) almost defined Harringay's present-day southern boundary.

Until the close of the eighteenth century all variants referred to the same area, around present-day Harringay and Hornsey, but from the late Tudor period Hornsey took precedence in common usage: Harringay survived more as a legal entity and in the records of the Manor of Harringay.

About 45% of the population report themselves as Christian, 14% as not religious and 13% as Muslim. Other religions are present in smaller percentages.[24]

A large section of the eastern side of Green Lanes is called Grand Parade. Interrupted only by the gaps introduced by the residential roads running eastwards, Grand Parade runs for nearly half a kilometre from just north of Harringay Green Lanes railway station to St Ann's Road.[12]

The station in the west of Harringay isn't really an issue in the Harringay confusion stakes. It started life in 1885 as Harringay and has kept the same name except for a twenty year period between 1951 and 1971 when it was called Harringay West. So far so good.

Here's where Harringay's four districts or sub-neighbourhoods map on:

Harringay developed in the late Victorian era as London expanded into the countryside to the north of Islington. It took its name from Harringay House, the grounds of which occupied most of the area between Green Lanes and the Great Northern Railway, from Finsbury Park to Turnpike Lane.

On two occasions in the early twentieth century, a Tube station was almost built in Harringay.

Harringay[1] (pronounced /ˈhærɪŋɡeɪ/) is a residential area in the London Borough of Haringey in north London, in the United Kingdom.[2] It is centred on the section of Green Lanes running between the New River, where it crosses Green Lanes by Finsbury Park, and Duckett's Common, near Turnpike Lane.

Harringay covers an area of approximately ¾ of a square mile (2 km2).[17] The land use for the area is shown in the table below.

The history of Harringay tells the story of the development of the district of London five miles from its centre, affected by, but not always part of, the great city's history.

Route planning around the station including maps and platforms

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The ethnic breakdown is: 69% white, 14% black, 9% Asian, 3% Mixed and 3% other. 72% of its inhabitants were born in Europe, with 12% in Asia, 9% in Africa (mainly eastern & southern), and 4% in North America. Within this mix, 6% were born in Cyprus and 3% in Turkey.[24]

There's a split as to whether it should be called Harringay, Harringay Green Lanes or Green Lanes. The Council have been muddying the waters ever since they chose a new name for the borough in 1965. It sometimes seems that they've been jealously guarding the name they appropriated and, for Harringay, encouraging the use of any name apart from the one the neighbourhood grew up with.

The last 20 years of the nineteenth century saw the disappearance of Harringay House with the surrounding parkland and farmland under the advance of late Victorian urbanisation.

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There is little doubt that the history of transport communications through Harringay had a significant effect on its shape today. In Roman times, a great roadway through the area to the north was established.[23] This roadway endured as a great communication passage to the north and brought much activity through the heart of the area. It also acted as the rough dividing line for land ownership, identifying Harringay’s position on the edge of manorial and subsequently borough boundaries.

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You can read the full article here and a more detailed explanation in one of my many Wikipedia articles on Harringay.

Films shot in part or in their entirety in Harringay include:

From 1900, Harringay was spread across the borders of the urban districts, later municipal boroughs, of Hornsey and Tottenham in Middlesex.

The name Harringay has its origin in the Saxon period and is derived from the name of a Saxon chieftain called Haering. Haering's Hege meant Haering's enclosure. The earliest written form of the name was recorded as Harenhg’ in about 1195. Its development thereafter gave rise to the modern-day names of Harringay (the district of London), the London Borough of Haringey and Hornsey (another nearby district of London).


September 17, 2016 at 11am to September 18, 2016 at 5pm – Furtherfield Gallery

So what's the most commonly used term? In 2012 I conducted an exercise to take the temperature of what local people call their area. Harringay, the area's original and historically accurate name came out tops. The full results and how the study was undertaken can be seen here.

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There are three major bus routes that connect Green Lanes with the City and the West End: the 29, 141, and the 341. The nearby Turnpike Lane bus station offers further connection to the west, east and north.[33]

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Relying on agriculture for most of its recorded history, Harringay had a busy tile kiln, pottery and brickfields from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.[7]

The most recent change is probably responsible for both the Harringay Green Lanes and Green Lanes epithets used by some to refer to the neighbourhood.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the arrival of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) cleaved Harringay from the rest of its ancient borough. The subsequent arrival of the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway (THJR) almost defined its present-day southern boundary. Harringay’s development in the late nineteenth century was of a markedly different nature from what occurred to the west of the GNR and to the south of the THJR.

September 18, 2016 from 11:45am to 1pm – South Harringay Junior School (studio above swimming pool)

The building of the large mansion of Harringay House in 1792 at the top of the hill between present-day Hewitt and Allison Roads saw the divergence of meaning of the names. Hornsey referred to the present-day district and subsequently the parish and Middlesex borough; Harringay to the house, its surrounding park and finally the present-day district, and continued as the common name in manorial records.

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