Esoteric London

No. 995: Hatherley Gardens, London, N8

Posted in Architectural by esotericlondon on December 20, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_6144 copy

Hornsey Town Hall, Hatherley Gardens, London, N8. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

The Night Side of London – J. Ewing Ritchie, 1857:

It is said of a stranger who came to London for the first time, and took up his quarters in one of the most crowded city streets, that he remained standing at the door the whole of the first day of his London existence, because he waited until the crowd had gone. A man, says Max Schlesinger, who would do that, ought to rise and go to bed with the owl.

[The owl in the photograph above is one of several animals to adorn the elaborate door of the Hornsey Town Hall. Designed by Reginald Uren, the Town Hall was acclaimed for breaking away from the Victorian influences that had dominated municipal architecture until  its opening on 4th November 1935. It is now Grade II Listed but is currently closed although plans are afoot to relocate the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to the building. R.D.]

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