Hornsey Fights Back After Guidebook Slur

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 99 months ago
Hornsey Fights Back After Guidebook Slur

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Hornsey High Street of old
Residents in the north London burg of Hornsey are hopping mad over some unpleasant comments made about their 'hood in the 2010 Not For Tourists guide. According to the book:

"People who live here will probably say they live in Crouch End or Stroud Green, partly because it sounds better and partly because most people have no idea where Hornsey is. It's an area bullied on all sides by bigger, brasher neighbourhoods like middle class Crouch End and gritty Green Lanes."

Locals have defended the dignity of their manor, citing the award-winning restaurants and the impressive, 13th-century church tower as highlights. To be sure, there are many pleasant parts of Hornsey, but despite the guidebook's snarky tones the writers are quite accurate in pointing out that locals will say Crouch End before anything else when asked where they live. Since Hornsey Borough was absorbed into Haringey in the Sixties, the N8 postcode has increasingly come to mean Crouch End, and the growing gentrification of "Crew-Shorned" plus the modified geographic lexicon of estate agents has seen the name Hornsey gradually drop out of use.

No identity loss need be permanent, though: perhaps the re-vamp of Hornsey Town Hall — bang in the middle of Crouch End, with a large name plate proudly boasting its heritage — will see Hornsey regain its lost pride.

Last Updated 03 November 2009