In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tottenham like this:
TOTTENHAM, a parish, which is also a sub-district, in Edmonton district, Middlesex; averagely 5½ miles N by E of St. Pauls, London. It is bounded on the E by the river Lea; is impinged upon in the W by the Great Northern railway; is traversed along the E by the Eastern Counties railway, and across the S by the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction railway; is intersected through the middle by a continuous line of village, connecting on the S with Stoke-Newington, on the N with Edmonton; contains a large portion of Alexandra park; is divided politically into the wards of High-Cross, Lower, Middle, and Wood-Green; is cut ecclesiastically into the sections of All Saints, Holy Trinity, St. ...
Paul, Hanger-Lane, and Wood-Green; and has stations with telegraph on the railways, post-offices‡ under London N, and a metropolitan police station. Acres, 7,480. Real property in 1860, £61,111. Rated property in 1868, £98,476. Pop. in 1851, 9,120; in 1861, 13,240. Houses, 2,442. Mansions and villas are very numerous. Bruce Castle belonged originally to Robert de Bruce, father of Robert, king of Scotland; was rebuilt by Henry VIII.; was the meeting-place of that monarch with his sister Margaret; and was visited by Queen Elizabeth. A moated seat belonged to the Pembrokes, and is now the property of Col. Gillum. Sir J. Cæsar, the lawyer, was a native; and H. Broughton, to whom the Pope offered a cardinal's hat, was a resident. The livings are vicarages, in the diocese of London. Value of All Saints, £800;* of Holy Trinity, £300; of the others, not reported. Patrons of All Saints, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul; of Holy Trinity, St. Paul, and Wood-Green, the Vicar of All Saints; of Hanger-Lane, F. Newsam, Esq. All Saints' church is later English, and of rough stone. Wood-Green church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1865. Hanger-Lane church was built in 1861, at a cost of £12,000; and is in the decorated English style, with SW tower and spire. There are eleven chapels for dissenters and 1 for Roman Catholics. A new cemetery, of 5 acres, was opened in 1858; and contains two neat chapels. There are an endowed grammar-school, with £134 a year; blue-coat and green-coat schools for girls, with £66 and £28; Lancasterian schools for respectively boys and girls; two national schools; a British school; an industrial school; a Roman Catholic school; the Drapers' school for sons of freemen, a quadrangular structure in the Gothic style, erected in 1861, at a cost of nearly £20,000; the Freemasons' schools, a spacious edifice in semi-Gothic, erected in 1865, at a cost of about £24,000; Reywardson's alms houses, with £131 a year: two other suites of alms houses; and some other charities.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tottenham, in Haringey and Middlesex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th March 2017
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