Friday, 26 February 2016

Hornsey, Crouch End and Finsbury Park

Today's post is entitled Hornsey, Crouch End and Finsbury Park because it takes in a walk starting at Hornsey, passes through Crouch End and finishes at Finsbury Park, the first and last points being the eponymous railway stations. See, coming up with titles is easy.

Leaving the unimpressive edifice which is Hornsey station, our first clock is spotted on St Mary's Tower.

I often seen this church tower as it is clearly visible from the East Coast Main Line, and I have always assumed that it was clock-less. But this cunning church has arranged it so that the dials are only on the sides which face away from the railway (obviously assuming that the trains would always be running to time).

This is the west facing dial:

And here's the east facing one:

The tower is all that remains of the building that originates from the1500's. A new church, ironically now demolished, was built in 1868.

Another church now - this time Holy Innocents on the corner of Tottenham Lane and Rokesley Avenue.


The white line, by the way, is not some laser defence system installed in the tower nor the ingress of a divine presence, but merely an aircraft contrail.

Holy Innocents was built in 1876-77.

The main purpose behind this trip was to see the Crouch End clock tower. So here it is.

The tower was built in 1895, and is dedicated to Henry Reader Williams, a local politician and benefactor.


The tower has several interesting features, including some nice old road signs:

.....a bust of HR Williams
(by Alfred Gilbert, whose most famous work is 'Eros' in Piccadilly Circus)

....a weather vane:

.....and a drinking fountain:

This estate agents is on the corner of Stroud Green Road and Tollington Park.

And finally to the small bus station by Finsbury Park station:


  1. St Mary's clock tower contains a clock made in 1748 by Wm Smith of London. In 1956 a new skeleton dial was installed by Wm Potts & Sons of Leeds and the dial had originally been at St Peter's in Keighley

    1. Thanks Michael. Always good to get further information on these clocks, especially from such a great source as yourself.

  2. Holy Innocents Church at Hornsey has a clock by Wm Potts & Sons set going on 27th December 1888. The similarity between the hands of St Mary's Church new dial and the hands at Holy Innocents are akin to the signature of the maker and therefore recognisable as such.