History, Topography and Antiquities of Highgate
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History, Topography and Antiquities of Highgate, by John H. Lloyd was first published in 1888. It covers Highgate and also has notes on Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Hornsey.
This FamLoc edition is a faithful republication, retaining the original prose, other than correcting a handful of typos.
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Chapters and Contents of History, Topography and Antiquities of Highgate:
Chapter I: Ancient Records
Geological formation — Etymology — The Roman road through the forest of Middlesex — The Watling Street — The River Fleet — The Abbot of St. Albans protects the roads — The Saxon Chronicle — The Danish scares — The Shire and its Gemōte — The Hundred — The Tithing — Parliament Hill and the Barrow — The Norman settlement — Lands belonging to Abbot of St. Albans transferred by the Conqueror to the Bishops of London — Odo a representative Norman prelate — The Hunting Lodge and mighty hunters — The Bishop’s leases — Traditions of the old lodge — Wallace — Bruce — Bolingbroke — The Associated Barons — Richard II — Henry VI — Queen Margaret — Edward V — Henry VII — The manor of Hornsey — The customs of the manor — The Domesday Survey — Records of adjoining lands — Reasons for paucity of record — Court rolls of manor — The great forest of Middlesex — The original charter, its confirmation by Henry III — Extracts from the charters of Edward I, Edward III, Richard II — Yew and chestnut trees — Penalty for killing the king’s deer — The farm of Middlesex granted to the citizens with permission to hunt in the woodlands by Henry I, confirmed by Stephen and successive kings — The forest disafforested by Henry III — Proclamation of Henry VIII — The city hunt — Bishop Aylmer — Notes of so-called subsidiary manors — Manors of the “Prebends of Brownswood” — “Ducket’s or Dovet’s” — “Farnie or Fernefields” — “Topsfield” — “Haliwic” — “St. John of Jerusalem” — The Bishop’s lands at Hornsey sold by the Commonwealth — Part of the old forest lands of Middlesex restored to public use by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
Chapter II: The Parish, the Churches,and the Cholmeley School
Origin of the parish — The parish churches of Hornsey — The rectors from 1321 — Monuments in the church — Notes referring to some of the rectors — The Rev. William Cole and the Bishop — Extracts from the parish register and the vestry minutes — Bishop Aylmer — Hornsey items — Hornsey charities — The Hermitage of St. Michael’s, Highgate — The Hermits — Paviage grants — The Hermitage conveyed to Sir Roger Cholmeley as a suppressed religious foundation — The old chapel, its monuments, gifts — The Highgate charities — Extracts from the registers — The preachers or readers of the old chapel — The Cholmeley school — Sir Roger Cholmeley — The original statutes of the school, its income — The great law suit, Dr. Dyne and its resuscitation — The school and the school buildings — The consolidated chapelry and church of St. Michael — Order in council — The vicars — The parsonage — The ecclesiastical district of All Saints.
Chapter III: The Hamlet of Highgate
The old village of Highgate, its salubrity and picturesqueness —The great North Road — Madan and Swain’s Lanes — The Gate House and toll — Hampstead Lane and the Spaniards —Southwood Lane — Jackson’s Lane — Holloway Hill — Bishop’s Avenue — Archway Road — Proposals for removing Highgate Hill — Wood Lane — West Hill — Merton and Millfield Lanes —Green Street — Bromwich Walk — The Hornsey Enclosure Act — Sites of Hornsey, Highgate, Fortis Green, and Muswell Hill Commons — Highgate Green — Its revels — A favourite Sunday promenade — Hogarth at the Flask tavern — The Lazar House, afterwards a Spital — Its governors or “guy-ders” — Small-pox Hospital on its site — The old Presbyterian Church — The Act of Uniformity of 1662 — The Five Mile Act — The Congregational Church, its buildings and succession of ministers — The Baptist Church and ministers — St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church —The Highgate Theatre — “The good olddimes,” being principally records of local crime and violence, 1571-1831 — The returns of the old watchmen — The first Act for lighting and watching the hamlet of Highgate.
Chapter IV: The Houses and their Residents
Highgate an attractive place of residence — Perambulation of the parish — Notes of some of the houses and their residents —Winchester Hall — Lauderdale House — Sir John Pennethorne —Andrew Marvell — Fairseat House —Cromwell House — Arundel House — Betchworth House—Channing House — Sir John Wollaston — Sir Thomas Abney — Dr. Watts — Charles Knight — Bisham House — Sir John Hawkins — General Harcourt — Dr. Coysch —Sir E. Gould — The Old Hall — The Mansion House —Dr. Sacheverell — Leigh Hunt — Holly Terrace — Holly Lodge — The Hermitage — Fern Lodge — Charles Mathews — West Hill — West Hill Place — Joseph Payne — Merton Lodge —Highgate Lodge — West Hill Lodge — H. T. Buckle — N. T. Wetherell — Professor Tomlinson — T. T. Tatham — Dr. Moxon — Dr. Henry Kingsley — Marshal Wade — Hillside — Southwood Lawn — Oak Lodge — The Priory (Highgate) — Park House — The Bull Inn and George Morland — Green the Aeronaut — Thomas Challis — Joseph Clarke — Grimestone (eye snuff) — McDowall — Toulmin Smith — Brettles Hill —Alderman Rowe — Bath House — The Grove — Grove Lodge —Mr. Clay — Rookfield — Lalla Rookh — The Priory (Hornsey) —Mr. Collingridge — Haringey House — Feme Park Manor House — Crouch Hall — Crouch Hill — Stroud Green — Stapleton Hall Hornsey Wood House — Finsbury Park — Hornsey Lane —Charles Wesley — Michael Faraday — Farquhar House — Dr. Grainger — Linden House.
Notes of residents who cannot be identified with any particular house: — Dr. Atterbury — Sir Richard Baker — Mrs. Barbauld —Sir Henry Blount — Sir Thomas Pope Blount — Charles Blount — Sir William Mainwaring — Sir John Pettus — Sir William Pritchard — William Platt — Sir Hugh Platt — Rev. Joshua Sprigge — Joseph Towers, LL.D. — Rev. David Williams — Lord Chancellor Yorke.
Chapter V: The Grove, the Fitzroy and the Caenwood Estates
The Grove — Dorchester House — Sir Roger Cholmeley —Marquis of Dorchester — Blake’s Charity School, or “The Ladyes Hospitall” — Sir Francis Pemberton — Samuel Taylor Coleridge at Mr. Gillman’s — Estimate of his Contemporaries —Bibliography — Lord Justice Fry — Grove House — Fitzroy House, Fitzroy Park — Southampton Lodge — Hillside and Dr. Southwood Smith — Honeymoon Villa — Elm Lodge —Beechwood — Dufferin Lodge — George Crawley — Caenwood Towers — Caenwood — Monks of Waltham — Sir James Harrington — John Bill — Duke of Argyle — Earl of Bute — Earl of Mansfield — The Gordon riots — Lord Erskine.
Chapter VI: Traditions – Customs – Gossip
Prophecies — The Highgate oath — The taverns — The Highgate ordinary — Dick Whittington and “The Stone” — Parliament Hill — Traitor’s Hill — The Plague of 1665 — The Fire of London, 1666 — Earthquakes, storms, etc. — Records of the Middlesex Sessions respecting obstruction, trespass, etc. — Prynne, Bastwick, and Burton — General Monk — An incident in the life of John Bunyan — Foot race — The Earl of Essex — The Grand Duke Cosmo — Nonjurors — Recusants — Number of horses to pull a waggon regulated by Act of Parliament — Green Street races —The Pancras Spa — The Old Ponds on Top of the Hill — The Model Yacht Club — Highgate tokens — Highgate and Her Majesty — Accident on West Hill — Coronation festivities — Jubilee fete at Highgate — The beacon fires at Hampstead and around London — The Jubilee fete at Hornsey — Schools in Highgate — Note on Finchley tolls — Rating of the Hundreds of Middlesex, 1615.
Chapter VII: Highgate of Today
Notes on population, etc. — Local government — The Hornsey Local Board, rates, etc. — South Hornsey Local Board, rates, etc. — The Union of Edmonton, rates, etc. — The Hornsey School Board, rates, etc. — The National Schools — The old British School — The magistrates and police — The Episcopal and Nonconformist Churches — The Loyal Highgate Volunteers —The 14th Middlesex Volunteer Rifle Corps, now the 3rd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers — The Literary and Scientific Institution — The Book Society — F. D. Society — Reading Society — The Bookworms — The Choral Society — Chess Club — Tennis Club — The Skating Club — The Working Men’s Club — Youths’ Institute — The Gymnastic Club — The Football Club — The Dispensary — The Horticultural Society — The Chrysanthemum Society — The Cottage Gardens — The Model Lodging Houses — The Cable Tramway — The Parish Magazine — The Diocesan Penitentiary — The Alexandra Palace — The Cemetery — The Gravel Pit Wood — The Parliament Fields.
Appendix: List of Fossils Found in the Archway Cutting
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