I would like to discover and learn about the history of Bounds Green. I have only ever found books relating to Wood Green , Palmers Green andSouthgate. 


Can anyone help please?

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The book by Albert Pinching - Wood Green Past - does include a fair bit of Bounds Green history too, but I don't know of a specific Bounds Green history...Maybe the Bruce Castle Museum might help?

Great. Many thanks for your advice.

Bounds Green is Historically in Wood Green,so books on the latter should cover the former.

There is a Wood Green parish marker down brownlow road as it goes.On the right hand side of the road as you look towards Bowes road.More or less level with the Harringey sign.

Ta muchly.

Robin, in the case of my road (Wood Green/Palmers Green borders) I found that house plots were sold in groups of lots so there were 3 sets of builders on my road, as is evidenced by the very different style near Wolves Lane end of the road, to the two very similar styles from the middle to the lower end (the houses in the close are slightly smaller too). I believe I found that out from the deeds to our house and an online search, probably when I was working as a Property secretary, but it was so long ago, I can't recall the details!  I hope you have success, it's all extremely fascinating, plus as mentioned above, the books on Wood Green/Palmers Green do cover Bounds Green area very well, and I have a wealth of did you know... facts to share with my neighbours when I'm walking my dog from those books, together with information from my older neighbours when they were alive.

Hi Robin

The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green has a Local/London history section - and their website details a selection of local books

Link here: http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/local-books/-london/cat_9.html

There is a very useful booklet produced by Haringey Library and Archives at Bruce Castle.  It is the Haringey History Tool Kit. 

Here it is

Good luck



As the deeds of my property show the house was built around 1853, Brownlow Road.

I do know others were built around this time.

The area belonged to a "Tottenham Farm", my house, and others, were built on the orchard and it has a well in the garden. This is about 20feet deep and 6ft in diameter. I have pumped it out, it is just ground water the garden has clay drainage pipes buried leading to the well.

If I can think of anything else I will add it on here.

I knew Tottenham Farm was quite extensive, but I didn't realise it went so far.. My road was previously part of a farm (main house on Devonshire Hill Lane) and then part of Tottenham Potteries on White Hart Lane.  The clay soil and the extensive rivers presented part of the problems when building on this area: Thetford Close and Haringey Sports centre would have been developed years ago but they couldn't overcome these issues until 30 years ago - the 'hill' at the sports stadium is actually built up from the soil excavation to develop Thetford Close, and they decided to put in a sports centre as opposed to more housing. 

Ops! Error on my part.

NOT Tottenham Farm. Tottenham Wood House. Which was up near the junction of Albert Road and Alexander Road. Durnsford Rec? sort of area.

Information from O.S. map of 1894-1896.

There was a laundry sited where the garden center is now. Bounds Green Pottery is between Scout Park and the railway tunnel.

I will have to have a look for the deeds see if they have any more info, its the handwritten variety.

Hi Peter

The Laundry - (Wood Green and Hornsey Laundry set up in the 1890s) was actually the other side of the road from the garden centre - it was adjacent to the Muswell Stream and the building - particularly the distinctive boiler chimney - can still be seen as discussed here.

The garden centre was formerly a swimming pool we have had a couple of discussions about it on this site  - and this glorious little film... about The Tarzan of Bounds Green! 

Thanks for the clarification Peter and thank you Richard, for those links! I remember the swimming pool from when I was younger, I have a vague memory that my elder brother's school (Arnos Grove) used to go there..


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