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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 will create a modern day, future-proofed Arts Centre with a number of flexible performance and event spaces, workspace and hospitality offerings.

Managed and operated by cultural place-making and regeneration 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.

Our goal is to support a wide range of creative disciplines in one multi-use venue, creating a dynamic hub for the community and establishing itself as a leading Arts Centre that welcomes all and celebrates our diverse community through art, performance and unique experiences.

The timeline below shows how the building has hosted a number of globally significant events from across politics, sport, music, film, theatre and more. This forms part of the Town Hall’s illustrious history and has provided a remarkable foundation for the local community and those further afield to continue this wonderful legacy into the future.

1920

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

1933
Reginald Harold Uren
Reginald Harold Uren

A competition was held by the Council to find an architect to oversee the building of their new offices in Crouch End. Reginald Uren’s design won the architectural competition out of over 200 entries.

 

1933

RIBA Assessor Charles Cowles Voysey 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 RIBA bronze award 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 attended the official opening of Hornsey Town Hall. The Duke was introduced to a guard of honour formed by members of the British Legion of Muswell Hill and Hornsey.

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. 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 Committee 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 local Muswell Hill group The Ray Davies Quartet, who would go on to become The Kinks. Davies has referred to this show at Hornsey Town Hall as their first important gig.

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 College of Art staged a sit in and Hornsey Town Hall was graffitied 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.

2019

CREATE event is held to celebrate the future of Hornsey Town Hall. The doors of the Town Hall are then closed in July and Ardmore, the appointed contractor, starts the restoration.

1920

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

1933
Reginald Harold Uren
Reginald Harold Uren

A competition was held by the Council to find an architect to oversee the building of their new offices in Crouch End. Reginald Uren’s design won the architectural competition out of over 200 entries.

 

1933

RIBA Assessor Charles Cowles Voysey 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 RIBA bronze award 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 attended the official opening of Hornsey Town Hall. The Duke was introduced to a guard of honour formed by members of the British Legion of Muswell Hill and Hornsey.

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. 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 Committee 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 local Muswell Hill group The Ray Davies Quartet, who would go on to become The Kinks. Davies has referred to this show at Hornsey Town Hall as their first important gig.

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 College of Art staged a sit in and Hornsey Town Hall was graffitied 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.

2019

CREATE event is held to celebrate the future of Hornsey Town Hall. The doors of the Town Hall are then closed in July and Ardmore, the appointed contractor, starts the restoration.

Great to meet and discuss how we can work with fantastic local organisation and singing sensations @crouchendfestivalchorus1984 at @hthartscentre today! 🎶
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#hthartscentre #choir #crouchendfestivalchoir #localchoir #crouchend #mycrouchend #singing #collaborations #choirs #music #northlondon #sing
We loved having former @hthartscentre residents @gospelokeofficial getting the crowd going with some gospel-inspired karaoke at #HTHCREATE in July! 🎤🎶 Here are a few of our favourite snaps from the day! 📸 @danbridgephoto .
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Hands up who enjoyed the gorgeous late summer sunshine this weekend?! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️☀️ Don’t forget that the green outside @hthartscentre will remain open to the public for the majority of the restoration project for all your sunbathing, picnicking and dog-walking needs! 🌳🧺🐕 .
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#hthartscentre #green #towngreen #crouchend #crouchendbroadway #hornseytownhall #grass #greenspaces #dogwalking #picnic #hth #summer
#TBT to when @hornseytownhall was awarded best London building erected in 1935 by the Royal Institute of British Architects. At age 30 the HTH architect Reginald Uren became the youngest designer to win the award since its institution in 1922.
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@riba #hornseytownhall #london #architecture #reginalduren #artdeco #londonarchitecture #riba #uren #architect #award #buildings #crouchend #crouchender #1935 #hth #hthartscentre #archive #heritage #hornseyjournal #hornsey
While his medium is acrylic, street artist @benwilsonchewinggumman has a unique canvas...chewing gum! His work appears all around London including many dotted around Crouch End (especially near the clock tower!) Local magazine @villageraw have started a crowdfunder to produce a book on Ben‘s fantastic work on Millennium Bridge where he has over 600 paintings! 
The project is 70% there and beyond pre-ordering the book, you can also pledge to have Ben paint a bespoke gum painting, have a painting included in the book, and join a bridge walk with the artist. You can view the Kickstarter and the short film about his Millennium Bridge work here: http://kck.st/2XYNnLK
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#villageraw #chewinggum #artist #art #crouchend #hthartscentre #chewinggumart #benwilsonchewinggumman #chewinggumartist #mycrouchend #milleniumbridge #crowdfunding #kickstarter #book #gum #streetart
Back to school this week! 📝 Here’s a little throwback to some summer fun at our CREATE event in July! .
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#hornseytownhall #hthartscentre #bubbles #crouchend #mycrouchend #kids #kidsactivities #summerholidays #summer #backtoschool #haringey #bubbleman #hthcreate
Great to meet and discuss how we can work with fantastic local organisation and singing sensations @crouchendfestivalchorus1984 at @hthartscentre today! 🎶
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#hthartscentre #choir #crouchendfestivalchoir #localchoir #crouchend #mycrouchend #singing #collaborations #choirs #music #northlondon #sing