The historic Hornsey Town Hall

This week’s blog post has been written by London Local Team member Michele Wyckoff Smith, owner of Etsy shop Wyckoff Smith who designs and makes bold and simple contemporary jewellery inspired by time hewn natural forms in her studio based in the inspiring HTH Arts Centre. Michele is also an active member of a local collective of artists and makers called Muswell Hill Creatives. Being a local of Crouch End, we couldn’t think of anyone better to give us a low down of the Town Hall and the local area before our Spring Market.

This May the London Local Team of Etsy sellers will be heading to Crouch End in North London for a Spring Market in the historic Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre. Formerly the centre of administration for the council, the Town Hall was left vacant for over a decade and left to deteriorate. Now, the doors have been thrown open for a community based Arts Centre where you are likely to find theatre, dance and arts events and even silent discos happening quite regularly.

The Spring Market organized by the London Local Team will take place in the large theatre hall where the Kinks played their first concert back in the 1963 as the Ray Davis Quartette (sic). If this Modernist masterpiece seems familiar to you when you walk in the door, don’t be surprised. It has been used as a set recently for ITV’s Whitechapel and Endeavour, as well as BBC’s The Hour and Silent Witness. As a Grade II listed building, you’ll enjoy seeing the fantastic Art Deco details of the main foyer, the grand staircase and the many beautiful signs and clocks.

Don’t miss this window in time. This amazing building has been put to tender by the council and will soon be redeveloped into housing. Included in the brief is keeping a portion of the property available for community access, but at this point no one knows what that will be.

As if the seeing the Town Hall and the Spring Market wasn’t enough to tempt you, there are lots of great restaurants and small shops to visit in the heart of Crouch End. Here are some of Michele’s favourites:

Shops: JealousCaccius & CocoScarlet Vintage

Restaurants: Cannon’s Fish & ChipsKhoai VietnameseThe HaberdasheryEdith’s House

Links about the Arts Centre, building and community groups trying to safe guard the future of the building:

Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre: www.hthartscentre.co.uk

Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society: www.facebook.com/HTHAs

How to get to Crouch End

Overground train – Crouch Hill to W7 bus

Tube – Finsbury Park to W7 bus

Bus – 41, 91, W3, W5, W7