Crouch End Character Appraisal: Views


A district bordered on three sides by the Northern Heights, multiple views make a significant, sensitive contribution to local character – across and beyond the town, and as viewed from the hollow, tree lined ridges. The green environment is a distinctive feature.

Key panoramic views are from Shepherds Hill Gardens towards Muswell Hill, a 360° view from the Playing Fields, and towards the London skyline from Mount View Road. Other popular and characterful views are encountered as approaches to the town centre, from the tops of double decker buses as they descend Crouch Hill, Crouch End Hill and Ferme Park Road.

    Image, top: Panoramic views to surrounding ridge lines, CE Playing Fields. Image: MA

Alexandra Palace (AP)  is the significant wider landmark, though the generally low-lying townscape also affords repeated views of the more modest spire of Christ Church and the tower of Hornsey Town Hall.

The vista from Alexandra Palace to St Paul’s is a London Plan protected strategic view. The wider setting crosses central Crouch End, mostly at a higher plane.


  • 1  Mount View Road reservoir to Central London, panorama
  • 2  Shepherds Hill Gdns to Muswell Hill ridge, panorama
  • 3,4  CE Playing Fields to ridges, incl. AP, panoramas
  • 5,6  Crouch Hill & Crouch End Hill approach views to town, linear
  • 7  Broadway to Crouch End Hill green ridge, linear
  • 8,9  Crouch End Hill & Broadway up to AP ridge, linear
  • 10  Park Road to Muswell Hill ridge, linear
  • 11  Montenotte Rd to Muswell Hill ridge, linear
  • 12  Hurst Ave to Hornsey Lane ridge, townscape
  • 13,14  Crouch Hall Rd & Glasslyn Rd views to East horizon, linear
  • 15  Hermiston Ave across town, townscape
  • 16-19  Ridge Road across vale to AP ridge, linear

Are there important linear, townscape or panoramic views missing?

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One Comment

  1. Will Chan

    Also worth considering protecting is the view of Ally Pally from Crouch End, for example, when descending down Crouch Hill towards Crouch End and from the Clock Tower looking towards the Fox.


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