Whittington Stone

Whittington Stone

Where Dick Whittington heard the bells of Bow Church telling him to “turn again” and become “thrice Lord Mayor of London”. The Whittington Stone is an 1821 monumental stone and statue of a cat at the foot of Highgate Hill, a street, in Archway. It marks roughly where...
Hornsey Lane

Hornsey Lane

Lavinia Quivers Hornsey Lane is part of what is believed to be an ancient – possibly prehistoric – route, once known as Maiden Lane. There are several historic buildings at the Highgate Hill end, including the Jacobean No. 20 Read more on...
St Joseph’s Retreat

St Joseph’s Retreat

Lavinia Quivers St. Joseph’s Retreat, Highgate Hill was the first Catholic church in the area and the chief house of the Order of Passionists in England. They built a chapel here in 1858, on the site of the Black Dog Inn; the present church buildings, seen in the...
Cromwell House

Cromwell House

Mary Musker Cromwell House, built in 1637-8 for Richard Sprignell, is one of London’s finest 17th century houses, and one of only two Grade I Listed Buildings in Haringey, with an elaborate staircase, panelling, and plaster ceilings. In 1675 it was purchased by...
Old Fox and Crown

Old Fox and Crown

The Site of the Old Fox & Crown, the scene of Highgate’s greatest contribution to world history. In 1837, not long after her coronation, a young Queen Victoria was riding down Highgate West Hill in a carriage when the horses suddenly bolted. The out-of-control...
31 Highgate West Hill

31 Highgate West Hill

No. 31 West Hill, Highgate, the childhood home (not, as is sometimes stated, his birthplace) of the late poet laureate, John Betjeman (1906-84) He wrote his first poetry in the house, presenting his teacher, TS Eliot, with a volume when he was 10 years old. In his...