N4 (Haringey) area guide

N4
Haringey
This area includes parts of Harringey, Finsbury Park, Arsenal, Manor House, Crouch End, Hornsey, Hackney and Stroud Green. It is loosely demarcated to the south by Brownswood Road, to the east it follows Seven Sisters Road, and to the north its boundary is St. Anns Road. To the west it incorporates parts of Stroud Green Road, but stops just short of the Hornsey Road (which falls into the neighboring postcode district of N7).

The N4 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Brownswood, Crouch Hill Station, Finsbury Park Station, Harringay Green Lanes Station, Harringay Station, Highbury East, Highbury West, Hillrise, Islington, Lordship, Manor House Station, New River, Seven Sisters, St Ann’s and Tollington.
Originally to be named Albert Park but later changed to Finsbury Park, the first plans were drawn up around 1850. The park was built in the northeastern quadrant of a woodland area located within the manor of Prebend of Brownswood. It was on this land that a tea room was opened after the park was finished. Finsbury Park became a haven for busy London businessmen to escape the smoke of the capital. They would come to unwind to the magnificent views of London to the South and Essex to the East. Soon, a small lake was built on the top of the knoll, using water that was pumped up from New River nearby. There was boating, shooting and archery. The Hornsey Wood Tavern was built across the road from the park’s eastern entrance, in memory of the pub that was destroyed during the construction of the park. Unfortunately, the pub was renamed and then closed in 2007. It has now been demolished.

By the early twentieth century, Finsbury Park was becoming a venue for political meetings. It started with casual meetings and built up to be a venue for pacifist campaigns during the First World War. Starting in the late 1930s the area was home to anti aircraft defense guns and was also a gathering point for heavy armour before the D Day invasions. Additionally, Finsbury Park became the venue for the Sex Pistols comeback tour in 1996.

Traces of prehistoric humans and animal life have been found in the park. The findings concentrate along the River Lee. Roman remains have also been found in the park as well as evidence that these areas were settled in Anglo-Saxon times.

Manor House was built in the mid 1800s as part of an area called Brownswood Park. Perhaps the most famous aspect of this area is that it was named after a pub developed by Thomas Widdows. The area and the modern day underground station are named after his pub “Manor House”.
The area of N4 is a diverse and varied area, attracting a variety of residents, and with a range of property types to reflect this. The postcode district of N4 joins together the corners of a number of London boroughs; those of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. It is in the parish of Hornsey.

The area of N4 has a number of sought after areas at its corners. To the south is Islington, with its vibrant Upper Street, to the north is Highgate and Crouch End Broadway, and to the west is Hampstead. Finsbury Park is one area in London which is undergoing the ‘next-to’ process. Estate Agents in the area talk about Upper Street spreading north over the next few years, and kebab shops being replaced by restaurants and boutique clothes shops. However, already there are signs of regeneration and improvement. In 1999, the Finsbury Park Partnership was set up, with a £25 million government grant (from the Government’s Single Regeneration Budget) and a plan to spend 7 years improving the area. Their primary aims were to provide a better area to live in with improved housing, a cleaner environment, open spaces for all to enjoy and better access to transport. They also aimed to provide an area for local people by creating a sense of one neighbourhood through a range of initiatives based around community involvement, health, arts and sports, as well as an area for people to learn in by providing additional access to education and training for residents of all ages, an area for work by encouraging and supporting new and existing businesses and providing training for local people to meet the employment opportunities created and a safer area to live in by improving the safety of those who live in, work in and visit the area by supporting initiatives to reduce crime and drug abuse.

The project ended in 2006, but the development of the surrounding area has not. In neighbouring postcode district N5, the major development project at the moment is that of the former Arsenal Stadium, which is being converted into apartments and will be known as ‘The Stadium, Highbury Square’. The Arsenal team will be using their new Emirates Stadium, located next door.

The area of Finsbury Park itself, and the surrounding N5 area, already has the required ingredients to benefit from this regeneration and gentrification, as it continues north into the heart of the area, with good transport links (both tube and bus) and attractive housing. To the south of Finsbury Park station, either side of the Blackstock Road, are a number of quiet streets dominated by large period houses with gardens, many of which have been converted into 2 or 3 flats (all between one and three bedrooms). To the east, these include roads such as Finsbury Park Road, Wilberforce Road, Queens Drive and Digby Crescent. To the west, these include roads such as Romilly Road, Prah Road, St Thomas Road and the very desirable Plimsoll Road.

To the west of Finsbury Park Station is Stroud Green Road, a busy main road. On the southern side of this road the surrounding streets are less desirable, with a large council estate off of the Durham Road and Birnham Road, where further north the Moray Road is considered to be up and coming. The northern side is the most desirable, with a number of period properties on streets such as Woodstock Road, Ennis Road and Perth Road. Florence Road and Stapleton Hall Road are similarly popular.

North of Finsbury Park itself also includes the increasingly popular, Green Lanes.
At the heart of N4 is Finsbury Park (not to be confused with the separate area of Finsbury, in the city of London), and at the heart of Finsbury Park, is the park itself. The park is 112 acres, and it surrounded by the streets of Seven Sisters Road, Green Lanes and Endymion Road. The park was designed by Alexander MacKenzie, designer of Southwark Park, Alexander Park and the Victoria and Albert Embankment Gardens. It was opened in 1869, and was part of an overall scheme in the Victorian era, to create more green open spaces in London.

There are also many bars and pubs in the area. A few worth mentioning are: The Arsenal Tavern and Kings Head on Blackstock Road, The Beaconsfield and Brownswood Park Tavern on Green Lanes, and the Noble on Crouch Hill. There are 28 pubs in the N4 area.