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London Open House : Garden suburbs, Tower & Old Schoolhouse [Sep. 19th, 2017|05:30 pm]
Sunday 17 September: London Open House : Garden suburbs, Tower & Old Schoolhouse

After a must needed lie in, we went to visit some more local places for Open House. Our first visit was Tower Gardens Suburb. One of the 1st garden suburbs in the world, 2-storey terraced cottages retaining decorative architectural features. LCC created 'housing of the working classes' role for architects' department under Riley, brother of the Art Workers guild. Interesting self guided walk around this area we often pass by car but never really paid attention to all the different style of architecture.

Next visit was The Old Schoolhouse, a small, early Victorian infant school, closed in 1934, and after conversion and some demolition re-opened in 1981 as HQ of Hornsey Historical Society. Inside was a little exhibition but also lots of literature on the local area, so interesting seeing photos of before and now, lots of must do local walks and we bought a book on Wood Green, turned out the author was there so even got it signed.

Last visit for today was the Tower and Churchyard of St Mary's Hornsey with fabulous views of London :). Grade II* listed tower with restored chapel remaining from Medieval parish church. Tour includes crypt, ringing chamber & main roof with excellent extensive views in all directions. We could see home and of course Alexandra Palace, with the usual cakes and tea in the graveyard :) Very nice to discover and learn more in our local area. Also aftre all the modern buildings we visited yesterday we were in need of some older ones ;) https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/662