*** JUST PUBLISHED ***
Curious Crouch End
now available post free from the publishers Five Leaves
Seeded sourdough and oat milk flat white –
that's how Crouch End is often seen.
This is leafy, liberal North London. There's a Waitrose, a fishmonger, several butchers and bakers, two cinemas almost side-by-side, and more bookshops, vinyl stores, florists and independent coffee shops per head of population than ... well, you get the picture.
There's a lot more to this proudly independent locality. In Curious Crouch End, historian Andrew Whitehead tells the stories hidden away amid the Victorian villas and Edwardian terraces of this fashionable corner of the capital:
from a pioneering women’s football match organised by the wonderfully named Nettie Honeyball, to the high point of the 1968 student rebellion.
It's where Bob Dylan got lost (perhaps) on his way to a local recording studio and where Ray Davies found his ‘working man’s cafe’. Look out for the spectacular Art Deco in the square, the sparkling Art Nouveau in the pub.
And Crouch End has its own Cathedral too.
A detailed map designed by Nancy Edwards will help the truly curious navigate their way round historic N8 and there's a wealth of illustrations, both from the archive and photographs specially taken for Curious Crouch End.
Read an extract: The Ghost Station
CURIOUS CROUCH END
11 Stork in the Porch
12 Saints on the Porch
13 Windy Miller in Womersley Road
14 Maddy Prior + the miners' strike
16 Paul's Last Stand
17 Saturday Morning Revolution
18 Meet at the Clock Tower
19 "Jones for Hornsey"
20 Behind the Dress Rail
21 Charles Darwin's Tail?
22 Workers' Cottages
23 Motors in a Mews
24 The 'Outstanding' Queens
25 Pulp Fiction
26 Silas K. Hocking
27 Working Man's Café
28 Lotus Blooms
29 The Tower
30 The Faithful Slave
31 St Paul's at the Priory
32 Homage to Nettie Honeyball