The current bloom of restoration work across Crouch End appears to be spreading: activity at our most important building, Hornsey Town Hall, is underway, the building now mummified in plastic; while the overhaul of Hornsey Central Library is due to complete this summer (we hope great care is taken of the engraved glass ‘Hornsey’ window designed by Frederick Mitchell – the subject of the most recent planning condition submission, HGY/2020/0311).
Image above: Hornsey Town Hall Broadway Annexe Arthur Ayres ‘Electricity’ relief 1938
The view from Elder Avenue
Meanwhile on Elder Avenue, the refurb of the Earl Haig Hall (proposed by CENF for inclusion on Haringey’s Local Heritage List) is complete, with a new paint job and much repair, including the roof louvre with the howitzer weather vane. It opens as a nursery in the coming weeks. Interestingly, the team behind the venture were also responsible for a similar nursery conversion project in Camden Town, the Spiritualist Temple on Rochester Square, which effectively rescued the building from demolition.
Elder Avenue improvements do not stop there – we hear a significant renovation of Crouch End’s other grade II* listed building, the polychromatic Queen Anne cum art-nouveau Queens pub, is planned by the building’s owners for 2021. Expect repaired and restored roof, windows and masonry, preceded by an application for listed building consent sometime this year. After years of deterioration (neglect in the case of HTH) it’s remarkable that the two most significant heritage assets in the area, the Queens and the Town Hall, will be under scaffolding simultaneously, both due to deliver completed restoration projects end 2021.
Image credit: Duncan Harris | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Lastly, Elder Avenue pretty much marks the present boundary of the Crouch End Conservation Area – a boundary due for review in 2020/21, and perhaps due for re-drawing? If you want to know more, do get in touch.
STOP PRESS – The Hornsey Town Hall Trust are hosting an evening talk about the Town Hall restoration project at 7pm March 25th at the Union Church, eventbrite link for free tickets here. For those who missed it this is another chance to hear the presentations made at an NLA event back in January.