Hidden Highgate Canvas


Ye Olde Gatehouse

This prominent mock-tudor building, standing proudly in the centre of Highgate Village, takes its name from the Gate House at which tolls were taken from travellers heading out of London on the Great North Road, through the Bishop of London’s park. The arch, long since demolished, through which stagecoaches used to pass, bridged North Road […]

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Highgate – What’s In A Name?

What can we glean about how Highgate may have looked in the past by studying its name? And what does it tell us about Highgate today? Many local history primers confidently (and rather dryly) inform the novice reader that Highgate takes its name from its previous role as a kind of border pass, situated on […]

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William Hone – The Inspiration Behind This Site

William Hone was born in 1770, in Bath, but spent much of his life in London. A popular, radical socialist and bookseller, his political and religious  satires such as ‘The Reformists’ Register’ and ‘The Political Litany’ (both published in 1817) courted ill-favour with the Prince Regent and many influential people of the day. Hone campaigned […]

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