Where in the World? is our occasional series in which Adam, The Daily Constitutional’s Editor is logging the locations of his London Walkers.
“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.
We’ll be breaking it down by English and Welsh counties, Scottish regions, Irish provinces, U.S States, Canadian provinces, Australian states, European, Asian, African and South American countries. And, of course, by London boroughs.”
On Ghosts of the Old City last week we enjoyed the company of a couple from Brazil taking their first London Walk in 25 years. Welcome back! And thanks for adding South America to our map!
Brazil in London
Brazil is due to be the next Olympic host country. Here's the Brazilian flag flying over Somerset House as part of the handover celebrations in 2012…
On the same night we were joined by a couple from North London making their first London Walk.
Thus the London Borough of Harringay joins our map:
So why Harringay and Haringey? Two different spellings for the same North London location?
The following is from the really rather wonderful Harringay Online website:
Harringay developed in the late Victorian era as London expanded into the countryside to the north of Islington. It took its name from Harringay House, the grounds of which occupied most of the area between Green Lanes and the Great Northern Railway, from Finsbury Park to Turnpike Lane.
The name Harringay came from the Saxon, Haering's Hege — the enclosure of Haering's people. During the following several hundred years, spellings were rarely fixed and the name went through 162 recorded variations. The Harringay variant was first recorded in 1569. The variant for the nearby area of Hornsey appeared in 1646. But oldest of all, Haringey, was first recorded in 1387.
The choice of the Harringay spelling in 1792 by Edward Gray, the builder of Harringay House, led to this variant being bequeathed to the neighbourhood that developed in Victorian times and to its survival as the proper name for the area today. The spelling's survival was not always safe however. In the early 20th Century the Municipal Borough of Hornsey tried to enforce use of the Haringey spelling. It was only resistance by local residents that prevented its adoption.
In 1965 local government in London was re-organised, and a new borough was created by combining Hornsey, Wood Green and Tottenham. (Harringay had been split between Hornsey and Tottenham). At this point the descendants of the early burghers of Hornsey got their revenge on the former residents of Harringay and chose the name Haringey for the new borough. Whilst there's no record about why they chose that spelling it's likely that they went for the oldest recorded form.
Visit Harringay Online HERE.
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.