This one was an adventure into deepest darkest Tottenham, to discover the mysterious Bruce Castle.
'The Bruce Castle adventure:'
Then off into the unknown.
A packed air-raid shelter took a direct hit on the night of the 19th. The death toll would have been much higher if not for the bravery of the police rescue team and one man in particular.
'Inspector Newark quickly restored a situation fraught with grave danger. He organized the work of stretcher parties and, with his men, worked for nearly three hours during a heavy raid. It was largely due to the Inspector's leadership and organizing ability that one hundred persons trapped in the shelters were rescued.'
As I walked away from the parks in search of Bruce Castle everything started to look a bit run down and shabby. Lovely (mainly Edwardian) houses let to go to rack and ruin.
Broadwater Farm Estate
Things were not looking good. Thank you Google maps for the directions!
Just as I was giving up, there in front of me was...
...a Grade I listed 16th century manor house; one of the oldest surviving brick houses in England. It was remodelled in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Home to Sir William Compton, the Barons Coleraine and Sir Rowland Hill, among others,
it was converted into a museum exploring the history of the areas which constitute the present London Borough of Haringey and, on the strength of its connection with Sir Rowland Hill, the history of the Royal Mail.
Hence these in the court yard.
The front may have formed part of a courtyard house of which the remainder has disappeared.
The tower is built of local red brick, and is 21 feet (6.4 m) tall, with walls 3 feet (0.91 m) thick.
In 2006, excavations revealed that it continues for some distance below the current ground level.
It was described in 1829 as being over a deep well, and being used as a dairy
The Coleraine crest on the north pediment.
Well worth the trip I thought but of course the museum was closed that day!
With my journey all but complete I strode over to view the ancient parish church of Tottenham
Built as All Saints Church in the 12th century. It was re-dedicated as All Hallows (all souls) in the 15th century.
Unlike all my other adventures this one was completely on foot. Not a bad thing on a glorious, sunny, early Spring day but I was now starting to flag a bit. Pleased with finding Bruce Castle and it being worth the hike I set off to find a nice pint of bitter.
The Elmhusrt. Now it is a Tottenham pub, and I did have second thoughts, but it looked nice and I was very thirsty!
It was in fact very pleasant, and had a very friendly barmaid but only John Smith's smooth on tap.
I sat in the beer garden in the sunshine and contemplated my day.
Tottenham is far more historic than I had thought and just like the curate's egg - very nice in parts.
Thence home by bus.
I will leave you with a couple of old prints.
Tottenham Church c1849
Oh and a map because we love maps
T.T.F.N. Thanks for reading. comments and feed back always welcome.