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Tottenham Parish church of All Hallows (1558)

AllHallows, Tottenham


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Tottenham, Toteham, lies between Stamford Hill and Edmonton, on the Ware and Hertford road. It has a number of railway stations; Tottenham and Park Lane on the Cambridge branch line of the Great Eastern; Seven Sister, Bruce Grove and White Hart Lane on the Enfield branch line. Wood Green on the Great North railway and South Tottenham on the Midland railway. The population of the parish in 1871 was 22,809 and includes the ecclesiastical districts of Holy Trinity, Tottenham Green, St Paul's Park Lane, St Ann's Hanger Lane and St Michael's Wood Green. The River Lea forms its eastern boundary, the other side of the river being Essex. The western boundary is given by the New River.
Ffrom the original Tottenham manor three manors are created each bearing the name of its founder. Bruce Manor was assigned to Robert de Brus and finally to Robert the Bruce of Scottish history. When Robert became King of Scotland, Edward I at once seized his English Estates. Bruce Castle now occupies the site of the manor. The manor of Baliol was seized by Edward I when John Baliol, King of Scotland, renounced feudal homage. In 1337 it was given to William Danbeney by Edward III and became known as Danbeney's Manor. Hastings manor descended to Lawrence de Hastings who became the heir to the earldom of Pembroke and the manor was given the name Pembroke. The manors were again reunited when John Gedeney, alderman of London became the owner.
One of the famous sites in the parish of Tottenham is The Seven Sisters which were 7 elm tree growing in a circle by the roadside of Page Green, planted, according to tradition, by seven sisters when the were about to separate. Inside the circle was an old walnut tree.
All Hallows church stands about half a mile west of the high road to the rear of Bruce Castle. the church was given by David King of Scotland to the canons of the church of the Holy Trinity in London which was founded by his sister Queen Matilda. The existing church is not the original one and has been much patched and altered at various times. The north aisle which is of brick was build in 1816 while the tower is of flint and stone appear much older.The porch is of brick and chancery, vestry and organ chamber are of bright red brick. The Holy Trinity church on the north side of Tottenham green was erected around 1828 and is a chapel like brick building with buttresses and pinnacles. The church of St Paul, Park Lane is similarly a poor example of modern architecture. St Anns church, Hanger Lane (hanger meaning a meadow or enclosure by a wood) is a much better example. St Michael's Wood Green was erected in 1865 with the chancel, tower and spire were added in 1874.

Other churches: Christ Church, West Green
Good Shepherd, Berwick Road
Holy Trinity, High Cross
St Andrew's Mission,
St Ann, Stamford Hill
St Gabriel, Bounds Green
St John, Brook Road
St John the Divine, Varty Road
St Mark, Noel Park, Wood Green
St Michael, Wood Green
St Patrick's Mission,
St Peter, Page Green


Holy Trinity, Totteham Green

Holy Trinity Tottenham Green


St Philip the Apostle, Philip Lane

St Philip the Apostle Philip Lane Tottenham