The Borough of Haringey sits in North London and borders with Islington, Camden, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Barnet and Enfield. Covering just over 11 square miles, it’s officially classified as part of Greater London. Like many of the greater London boroughs though, it’s current character relatively recent – the large country estates that were the norm through the 18th Century, giving way to characteristic outer London urbanisation through the 19th Century.
Modern Haringey bears little resemblance to its pre-industrial revolution self. A sparsely populated rural area, the Doomsday Book records the ‘Manor of Harengehie’ as part of the Bishop of London’s Principal property – the Manor of Stepney.
Haringey (Mussel Hill in particular) is believed by Geomorphologists, to have been the southernmost extremity of a large glacial mass, whilst in Roman times the Great North Road creating much ‘passing traffic’. But it was a 5th & 6th Century Saxon Cheiftan called Haering who – quite literally – made the biggest mark. Historical research has suggested that over the next 600 years place names morphed through Haringesheye, Haringey to Haringey.
Throughout the 1700’s Haringey developed from the rural farmlands into large Country Estates, with Alexandra and Finsbury Parks being laid out during the period. It was only since the 1880s that many of the country estates (including Haringey House) were redeveloped into the urban expansion that was taking hold as London grew.
Famous locals include chart smashing, record busting songstress Adele.
Haringey’s Coat of arms (granted in May 1965) is a reasonably complex design – which was a deliberate ‘ground-up’ concept – purposefully taking no inspiration from any of the areas combined into the boundaries of the present Borough when it was created in 1965. It takes black and gold as the two key colours (said to represent consistency). Eight lightening rays reach out from the centre, representing action to the edges of the borough (as well as providing a nod to ‘Ally Pally’ where the first TV broadcasts were made in the 1930s). The Coat also features a cog wheel – depicting industry, along with an optimistic rising sun.