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Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End is being restored to its original grade II* listed condition and will re-open its doors as a fully-fledged arts centre in 2022*. The £30m investment starts in summer 2019 and will deliver a modern day, future proofed arts centre paving the way for a cultural renaissance in the London Borough of Haringey and beyond.

Managed and operated by cultural place-making and media specialists, The Time + Space Co, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre will be a creative hub that provides cutting edge facilities in a welcoming environment for people to work, socialise and enjoy for generations to come.

The timeline below shows how the building hosted a number of globally renowned film makers and musicians who have recorded or performed live original content of major artistic and cultural relevance. This forms part of the town hall’s illustrious history and has provided a remarkable foundation for the local community and artists from further afield to continue this wonderful legacy into the future.

1931

Hornsey Council purchased a plot of land adjacent to the Broadway.

1933
Reginald Harold Uren
Reginald Harold Uren

An architectural competition was held by the council to find an architect to oversee the building of their new offices. Reginald Uren’s design won the architectural competition out of 271 entries.

 

1933

Charles Cowles Voysey (assessor) wrote the following appraisal of Uren’s design; ‘the front elevation has dignity and definite civic character. It is cleverly designed to make the best of the difficult shape of the forecourt, and it will have an interesting view of The Broadway.’

1935

Uren was awarded the bronze medal naming Hornsey Town Hall the best building in London of that year.

1935
The Duke of Kent at Hornsey Town Hall opening ceremony.
The Duke of Kent at Hornsey Town Hall opening ceremony.

The Duke and Dutchess of Kent opened Hornsey Town Hall at the opening ceremony. The duke was introduced to a guard of honour formed by members of the British Legion of Muswell Hill and Hornsey. Strains of the National Anthem were played by seventh Middlesex regiment brass band.

1935

The hall became home to council functions including public libraries, education, public works, finance, housing and town planning.

1938

The Hornsey civil defence service volunteers stood outside the town hall as war was announced.

1944
Dave Crowley
Dave Crowley

Victory was won by lightweight Dave Crowley over Bombardier Ken Barrett in a boxing match held in the Assembly Hall.

1945

Hornsey Town Hall was central to post war celebrations. A victory parade marched along Crouch End Broadway, then past a stage baring the major. An estimate of 80% of buildings in Hornsey were damaged or destroyed but fortunately Hornsey Town Hall escaped any damage.

1945

War prisoner courts were held in The Mayors Chamber.

1950
HJ p5 3 Mar 1950 Election
HJ p5 3 Mar 1950 Election

The General Election results were announced on the Assembly Room balcony. The event was filmed by the B.B.C.

1950

Big Band dances were held on Saturday nights. Harry Pitch (the harmonica player best known for playing the theme tune to Last of the Summer Wine) along with his band had a residency and played until the 1960’s.

1951

The union jack was flown at half mast at the death of the king.

1956

EMI used HTH for live recordings 1956-1957.

1958

The hall was temporarily closed due to cracks found in the outside of the assembly hall – it was found to be subsidence.

1963
HJ 8 Feb 1963 Valentine dance
HJ 8 Feb 1963 Valentine dance

A concert on Valentine’s Day starred the Ray Davies Quartet.

1965

Councillors held a meeting and decided that they were going to move their headquarters to Wood Green. Borough 31, consisting of Tottenham, Hornsey and Wood Green were to be called Haringey. The hall was to be used as a venue for music, talks, theatre and broadcasts.

1968
Hornsey Art School host a
Hornsey Art School host a "Weep-In" outside the front of the Town Hall

Rebellion and protest was in the air. Hornsey Art School staged a sit in and Hornsey Town Hall was graffited by Stuart Christie who wrote ‘Paris today – Hornsey Tomorrow’ across the walls. The council had it removed the following day but a trace of it remained for many years.

1968

Compere and the Pirate Radio DJ John Peel presented the Liverpool scene, a poetry rock band.

1968

The Kinks, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull played concerts at the town hall.

1971
Concert poster
Concert poster

Pink Fairies and Pretty Things were supported by Queen at one of their first ever gigs.

1971

Hornsey High School and Weston Park held their speech day.

1980

Dexy Midnight Runners played a concert.

1982

Dennis Brown played a concert.

1986

Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) spoke at a packed public meeting.

1987

The finance department agreed it would be too costly to keep the town hall open as a working building so it was to be closed.

1991

Princess Diana visited 1930’s Public Health Clinic in the HTH Car Park to open an HIV Centre within it.

2003

 

“Peep Show” title sequence for Channel 4’s BAFTA winning series was filmed outside the hall. The first of several high profile film and tv shows to be filmed that has since earned HTH a reputation as an iconic film location.

2015

Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre was started by ANA – the building was used for Silent Discos, Yoga, Offices, Gallery space and community events.

2016

Many bids were made for the future of Hornsey Town Hall. FEC (Far Eastern Consortium) applied for planning permission to restore the building and open a hotel, arts centre and 146 flats on the site. The Arts Centre was to be FEC’s top priority with a focus to keep community and the arts at the heart of the building.

2018
Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre Open 2021/2022
Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre Open 2021/2022

Hornsey Town Hall was confirmed to be restored and reopened in 2021/2 as a “future-proofed, modern arts centre” to be curated and operated by The Time + Space Co. the urban regeneration specialist.

1931

Hornsey Council purchased a plot of land adjacent to the Broadway.

1933
Reginald Harold Uren
Reginald Harold Uren

An architectural competition was held by the council to find an architect to oversee the building of their new offices. Reginald Uren’s design won the architectural competition out of 271 entries.

 

1933

Charles Cowles Voysey (assessor) wrote the following appraisal of Uren’s design; ‘the front elevation has dignity and definite civic character. It is cleverly designed to make the best of the difficult shape of the forecourt, and it will have an interesting view of The Broadway.’

1935

Uren was awarded the bronze medal naming Hornsey Town Hall the best building in London of that year.

1935
The Duke of Kent at Hornsey Town Hall opening ceremony.
The Duke of Kent at Hornsey Town Hall opening ceremony.

The Duke and Dutchess of Kent opened Hornsey Town Hall at the opening ceremony. The duke was introduced to a guard of honour formed by members of the British Legion of Muswell Hill and Hornsey. Strains of the National Anthem were played by seventh Middlesex regiment brass band.

1935

The hall became home to council functions including public libraries, education, public works, finance, housing and town planning.

1938

The Hornsey civil defence service volunteers stood outside the town hall as war was announced.

1944
Dave Crowley
Dave Crowley

Victory was won by lightweight Dave Crowley over Bombardier Ken Barrett in a boxing match held in the Assembly Hall.

1945

Hornsey Town Hall was central to post war celebrations. A victory parade marched along Crouch End Broadway, then past a stage baring the major. An estimate of 80% of buildings in Hornsey were damaged or destroyed but fortunately Hornsey Town Hall escaped any damage.

1945

War prisoner courts were held in The Mayors Chamber.

1950
HJ p5 3 Mar 1950 Election
HJ p5 3 Mar 1950 Election

The General Election results were announced on the Assembly Room balcony. The event was filmed by the B.B.C.

1950

Big Band dances were held on Saturday nights. Harry Pitch (the harmonica player best known for playing the theme tune to Last of the Summer Wine) along with his band had a residency and played until the 1960’s.

1951

The union jack was flown at half mast at the death of the king.

1956

EMI used HTH for live recordings 1956-1957.

1958

The hall was temporarily closed due to cracks found in the outside of the assembly hall – it was found to be subsidence.

1963
HJ 8 Feb 1963 Valentine dance
HJ 8 Feb 1963 Valentine dance

A concert on Valentine’s Day starred the Ray Davies Quartet.

1965

Councillors held a meeting and decided that they were going to move their headquarters to Wood Green. Borough 31, consisting of Tottenham, Hornsey and Wood Green were to be called Haringey. The hall was to be used as a venue for music, talks, theatre and broadcasts.

1968
Hornsey Art School host a
Hornsey Art School host a "Weep-In" outside the front of the Town Hall

Rebellion and protest was in the air. Hornsey Art School staged a sit in and Hornsey Town Hall was graffited by Stuart Christie who wrote ‘Paris today – Hornsey Tomorrow’ across the walls. The council had it removed the following day but a trace of it remained for many years.

1968

Compere and the Pirate Radio DJ John Peel presented the Liverpool scene, a poetry rock band.

1968

The Kinks, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull played concerts at the town hall.

1971
Concert poster
Concert poster

Pink Fairies and Pretty Things were supported by Queen at one of their first ever gigs.

1971

Hornsey High School and Weston Park held their speech day.

1980

Dexy Midnight Runners played a concert.

1982

Dennis Brown played a concert.

1986

Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) spoke at a packed public meeting.

1987

The finance department agreed it would be too costly to keep the town hall open as a working building so it was to be closed.

1991

Princess Diana visited 1930’s Public Health Clinic in the HTH Car Park to open an HIV Centre within it.

2003

 

“Peep Show” title sequence for Channel 4’s BAFTA winning series was filmed outside the hall. The first of several high profile film and tv shows to be filmed that has since earned HTH a reputation as an iconic film location.

2015

Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre was started by ANA – the building was used for Silent Discos, Yoga, Offices, Gallery space and community events.

2016

Many bids were made for the future of Hornsey Town Hall. FEC (Far Eastern Consortium) applied for planning permission to restore the building and open a hotel, arts centre and 146 flats on the site. The Arts Centre was to be FEC’s top priority with a focus to keep community and the arts at the heart of the building.

2018
Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre Open 2021/2022
Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre Open 2021/2022

Hornsey Town Hall was confirmed to be restored and reopened in 2021/2 as a “future-proofed, modern arts centre” to be curated and operated by The Time + Space Co. the urban regeneration specialist.

If you’ve walked past Hornsey Town Hall this week you’ll see that the hoarding is up and renovation work has commenced. @hthartscentre is now closed but will re-open when renovations are completed - we can’t wait to share the amazing future of @hornseytownhall with you all!
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#tbt to CREATE - the fabulous event to celebrate the future of Hornsey Town Hall .
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A wonderful fun-filled Saturday with our amazing Crouch End community at #hthcreate and a big thank you to talented local artist Lisa Price from @theworkshopn4 for these amazing CREATE letters .
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End of an amazing day at CREATE - La La Land on the big screen outside  @hthartscentre. Thanks to everyone involved today and everyone who came along to celebrate what is going to be an incredible future for Hornsey Town Hall
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Don’t miss the last event of CREATE - a screening of the fabulous La La Land in collaboration with @arthousen8 on the big screen outside HTH
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@gospelokeofficial on the main stage 6-8pm - don’t miss it! 
Karaoke with a joyous, full backed gospel choir! 🎤 🎶 .
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If you’ve walked past Hornsey Town Hall this week you’ll see that the hoarding is up and renovation work has commenced. @hthartscentre is now closed but will re-open when renovations are completed - we can’t wait to share the amazing future of @hornseytownhall with you all!
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#hthartscentre #hornseytownhall #townhall #renovations #crouchend #N8 #yourartscentre #community