Lectures are held at Avenue House (now Stephens House), East End Road, Finchley N3 3QE, at 8pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards. Non-members welcome (£1.00). Buses 82, 125, 143, 326 & 460 pass close by. Finchley Central Station (Northern line) is a short walk away.
Tuesday 10th June: A VERY SPECIAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Please note the earlier start: 7.45pm
The AGM business will be followed by:
LECTURE “The London Walls“ by HADAS President: Harvey Sheldon
The evening will continue with complimentary copies of the Church Terrace book ‘A HAMLET in HENDON’ being distributed to members (one per household) by the President, followed by a celebratory drink of wine or juice or coffee if preferred.
This book will bring back memories to those members who dug at Church Terrace in 1973/74. After much work by Jacqui Pearce and the HADAS Finds Group, the account of the excavations is complete. This was the dig, led by Ted Sammes, which fulfilled the ambition of our founder, Themistocles Constantinides, to discover if there was Saxon occupation in Hendon. It is thanks to Ted Sammes’s legacy that “A Hamlet in Hendon” has come to publication.
We hope many members will come – join us in the celebration of this momentous achievement
Sunday June 29th to Thursday July 3rd: Long Outing to Kent.
Tuesday 14th October: Finding Neanderthal Tools in Norfolk Cliffs.
Lecture by Dr Nick Ashton, British Museum.
Tuesday 11th November: To be confirmed
Sunday 7th December HADAS Christmas Party. Over recent years, we have met at Avenue (Stephens) House for a social gathering. This has proved very successful and well worth repeating. Please note in your diaries that we have booked the Drawing Room, where we have our lectures, for Sunday 7th December. Details will be circulated in due course.
Sad News: John Enderby Mary Rawitzer
The last of HADAS’s founder members has died. John Enderby was one of the group instrumental in forming the Society in 1961, was at one time HADAS Vice-Chairman and then became a life-time HADAS Vice-President. His was a hugely energetic presence in our part of North London: he had been Principal of Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute for 31 years before retiring in 1992 and then moving to Fontmell Magna in Dorset. There at one stage he was on just 7 committees, a significant reduction from the 14 committees he had been on in London. He had unrivalled knowledge of our local area and of HADAS in its early years and was assiduous at keeping in touch with us.
At the Institute John had been a great champion of education for adults, making sure that courses were varied and affordable, carrying out repairs himself when possible and caring for his staff while leaving them free to get on with their teaching. While in London he had also been a very active fund-raiser for the North London Hospice which was able to open its building in 1992. In his retirement he kept up his vigorous interests as an amateur archaeologist and local historian and was also a long-serving churchwarden for St Andrew’s Church and for some time keeper of the church’s archives. John kindly arranged a HADAS visit to Fontmell Magna, in 1998.where there was so much of interest to see.
There will be a memorial service/celebration of John’s life at St Andrew’s on Monday 2nd June at 2pm. HADAS members are welcome but no flowers please Our condolences and thoughts go out to all his family.
A Call for Information.
Holy Trinity church, Church Lane, East Finchley is producing a leaflet which it is hoped will then be expanded into a booklet for church visitors.
Richard Askew, who is collecting all the information, together, has asked for help from anyone who has any old photographs, engravings or information about Holy Trinity Church and its local history. He is especially keen to find photographs, paintings or engravings which might show the various stages or the changes the church went through over the years. The aim is to share everything they find on the history and events that shaped the church and to show the effect the church with its growing number of visitors has had on the surrounding communities.
Please see what you can find and email Richard Askew on Macmillanfinchley@yahoo.co.uk or phone him: 07977 197 797.
Some North London clay tobacco pipe makers by Don Cooper
Recently HADAS had an enquiry from a lady about her ancestor who was a clay tobacco pipe maker. She had read in our online newsletter archive that we had discovered a clay pipe stem with “W. Tingey” on one side and “Hampstead” on the other (see Figs.1 & 2) in an excavation at 296 Golders Green Road (The Old Forge), site code GGR91.
Figure 2 “HAMPSTEAD”
From census records and trade directories, it is clear that “Tingey” referred to the Tingey family who were a family of clay pipe makers. In the 1841 census, William Tingey was a clay pipe maker aged 55 living in Peckham while his son, William H Tingey, aged 23, was a clay pipe maker based in Tower Hamlets. By the 1851 census William H Tingey had established his clay pipe manu-facturing business at 2 Johnston’s Yard, Hampstead, (later called Johnson’s Court), while his father continued clay pipe making in Peckham. By 1870, his father had joined him in Hampstead in the family business. However, by the end 1872 both father and son were dead, and there is no record of the grandchildren taking up the business. The Tingey clay tobacco pipe manufacture in Hampstead lasted between 20 and 25 years up to 1872.
Reference to another clay pipe making family turned up some days later, when Roger Chapman showed us a clay pipe stem with “Harrison” on one side and “Highgate” on the other – Figs 3 & 4.
Figure 3 “HARRISON”
Figure 4 “HIGHGATE”
Using census and trade directories again, we find two Harrisons, possibly brothers, have a clay pipe manufacturing facility at 3, 4 5 and 6 Muswell Hill Road. In the 1861 census, we find John and Francis Harrison and William Stuckey making clay pipes, with Stuckey’s wife working as a pipe trimmer and, at least, one of Stuckey’s children also employed. By the 1871 census the business has grown, and is employing more pipe makers who are shown as lodging with John Harrison. In the 1881 and 1891 census John and Francis are still making pipes and have a substantial business. The business seems to have continued to manufacture clay tobacco pipes until 1902.
Among the most common clay pipe fragments we find in Barnet are those marked William Andrews of Highgate, though the one illustrated in figures 5 & 6 is the mark of his son, George Andrews. According to the Society for Clay Pipe Research (vol. 8, p25), William Andrews became an apprentice pipe maker in 1814. His subsequent pipe manufacturing factory was in Southwood Lane, Highgate. William Andrews died in February 1837 and in his will dated 1834 he left his pipe manufacturing business to his son George, other sons got other legacies also in the clay pipe making industry.
At some time in the 19th century, as shown on the 1894 Ordnance Survey Map, the northern part of Southwood Lane, after crossing Archway, has been renamed Muswell Hill Road.
Figure 5 “G. ANDREWS”
The Andrews business was clearly a successful financial operation as, according to William’s will, as well as leaving his son George the factory and a cottage, he left “copyheld” cottages to at least three of his other sons as well as provision for his daughter and wife. George was already a pipe maker with an address in Kentish Town.
Figure 6 “HIGHGATE”
Did he sell out to the Harrisons? Perhaps the Harrison factory was on the site of the Andrews one? Where was their kiln? And is there any trace of it now? Why did these clay pipe makers set up their businesses in Highgate with, as far as I know, no suitable clay in the area? There would, however, have been enough timber for the kiln locally so perhaps that is the reason. We need more information on our local clay pipe makers. If you know any more about the pipe making families do let me know. See contact details at the end of the newsletter.
A Success Don Cooper
In our April Newsletter (No. 517) we published a request from Brian Reid from Australia asking for information as follows:
“My father attended Woodhouse School in its early years. I’d like to obtain a copy of Percy Reboul’s book ‘By Word and Deed: A Chronicle of Woodhouse School 1922 – 1949’. I’m wondering if you could suggest how I might obtain a copy? Percy told me he doesn’t have a spare copy but that I should keep trying the usual book sources. But I’ve had no success. Of course I’m happy to pay for it.
I’m also looking for The Woodhouse Logs numbered 12 & 13, which I believe will be the 1929 issues. Do you know if there is any way I can obtain them?”
We said if anybody could help they should contact me. I have now heard from him once more:
As a result of your efforts on my behalf I now have a copy of By Word & Deed. Rosemary offered me the one which had belonged to her aunt. In turn I was able to send her a scan of the 1929 School photo and she found her aunt in it.
In turn (again!) I have found my father in one of the house photos!
Now I am going to again approach Hugh Petrie at Barnet Archive & Local Studies to see if I can find a way to get him or someone else to copy the two missing Woodhouse Logs (the 1929 editions).
I don’t know if you publish success stories in your newsletter, but this is one – thanks to you and Rosemary. I am most grateful.
The “Rosemary” involved is Rosemary Coates, Newsletter Editor, The Finchley Society.
Thank you Rosemary!
OTHER SOCIETIES’ EVENTS ERIC MORGAN
Tuesdays 3rd & 17th June & 1st July, 2-3pm. Harrow Museum, Headstone Manor, Pinner View, North Harrow HA2 6PX . Archaeology Season: Excavate London! Talks I, II & III from the MoLA team who have their summer excavation at Headstone Manor this year (see May Newsletter for more details). Cost £3.50 per talk. Also exhibition here, Wed 4th June-Sun 7th Sept, Mediaeval Harrow – A Guided Tour.
Fri. 13th June, 8pm.Enfield Archaeol. Soc., Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane/jn Chase Side, Enfield EN2 0AJ. Walbrook Square & Temple of Mithras. Talk on the excavations by John Shepherd. £1.
Sat. 14th June, 12.30-5.30pm . Highgate Summer Fair. Pond Square, Highgate Village N6. Many stalls, including Hornsey Historical Society and Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution.
Fri. 20th June, 7pm. COLAS. St Olave’s Parish Halol, Mark Lane, EC3R 7NB. Skeleton Green Revisited: Further Excavations at the Romano-British Cemetery at Braughing, Herts. Talk,Mark Hinman (PCA) £2.
Fri. 4th July, 8pm. Enfield Archaeological Society (see 13th June above). Terror from the Skies: The Air War on Enfield 1914-18. Ian Jones (EAS). Visitors £1. Refreshments from 7.30.
Sat. 5th July, 11am-5pm. Kensal Green Cemetery Open Day. 391 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA or Harrow Rd, W10 4RA. Tours, displays, refreshments, stalls, incl. Willesden Local History Society.
Sat. 5th July & Sun. 6th July, 12-7pm. East Barnet Festival, Oak Hill Pk, Church Hill Rd, EN4 8JS. Many community stalls, incl. Barnet Arts Council. Music, dance, classic cars, food. market tent.
Sun. 6th July, 10.30-5pm. North London & Essex Transport Society. Uncompleted Northern Line Extensions, 60th Anniversary Tour. Examines the former GN & LNER branch lines from Finsbury Park to Highgate & Alexandra Palace closed July 1954. Also the Branch from Mill Hill East to Edgware & beyond to Bushey Heath. Led by Jim Blake (transport historian & author). Begins Finsbury Pk, lunch break at Highgate. To attend, send names, address, e-mail details plus £10 per person & s.a.e. to JH Blake, 8 The Rowans, London N13 5AD (make cheques out to JH Blake).
Sat. 12th & Sun. 13th July, North London & Essex Transport Society. 60 Years of the Routemaster. Finsbury Pk, N4. Largest ever gathering of Routemasters, display of earlier & later vehicles, special Routemaster-operated free service, stalls, etc. Further details: www.routemaster.org.uk. Free.
Sat. 12th & Sun. 13th July. Enfield Archaeological Society. Festival of British Archaeology: Dig at Theobalds Palace. Cedars Park, Cheshunt, Herts. For more details contact Mike Dewbrey (phone office hours. 01707 870888) or see www.enfarchsoc.org.
Sun. 13th July, 2.30pm. Enfield Society. Heritage Walk around Winchmore Hill. Led by Joe Studman. See the Quaker Meeting House & Graveyard, a Georgian Schoolhouse, The Old Bakery (16th C), etc and hear historical stories. Lasts 90 minutes. Send name, phone no. & s.a.e. for tickets to: Heritage Walks, Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJ.
Tues. 15th July, 2-3pm. Harrow Museum.(see Tues.3rd June). The Manor & Medieval Harrow Pat Clark (Pinner Local Hist. Soc. & LAMAS). £3.50.
Tues. 15th -Sun 20th July. Enfield Archaeological Society. Festival of British Archaeology: Dig at Elsyng Palace. See Sat. 12th/Sun. 13th July for contact details.
Sat. 19th & Sun 20th July, 11am-4pm. Festival of British Archaeology: COLAS at the Tower of London. Access to Tower Beach at low tide 10.30-11.30am Sat, 11am-1pm, Sun. Free public displays, handling finds of COLAS, LAARC & Historic Royal Palaces, games, Roman dress-up and much more.
Sat. 19th July, 10.30am. Battlefields Trust. War Walk: London in the First World War, 1914-18. Led by Chris Everett. Meet Holborn Tube. Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Harvey Watson 07818 853385.
Fri. 25th July, 7pm. COLAS (see Fri. 20th June). Permanently Magical: Sir John Soane’s House & Museum. Talk, Helen Dorey. Visitors £2. Light refreshments afterwards.
Tues. 29th July, 2-3pm. Harrow Museum.(see Tues.3rd June). Stephenson: Rocket Man. Talk by J Page On Rocket’s development & new age of steam. £3.50