London - Tottenham
Tottenham is mentioned in the Domesday book as the homestead of a man named Tota, and the settlement has been in this area for almost 1000 years. The village of Tottenham grew up around the area of High Cross, on the junction with the High Road (the Roman road Ermine Street) and what is now Monument Way.
The rural village was a popular destination for the wealthy, and Henry VIII is believed to have visited the Tudor Bruce Castle, then in the hands of the Bruce family (descended from Robert the Bruce). The area stayed semi-rural until the late 19th Century when the railway (with its new, reduced, workmen's rates) brought new trade and the need for more housing to the area. The area rapidly became built up, and by the time of World War II was a major target for Luftwaffe bombing campaigns.
Since then, Tottenham has become most notorious for being one of the most deprived areas of North London and the scene of the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985. Since then, the area has done much to recover, and is now reputed to be the most ethnically diverse part of Western Europe.
- Underground - Tottenham is served by two tube stations on the Victoria line, Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters.
- Rail - Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and White Hart Lane stations are on the National Express line between Enfield Town and Liverpool Street. South Tottenham station is on the London Overground route between Gospel Oak and Barking. Tottenham Hale station is on the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.
- Bus - Buses 123 (Wood Green to Ilford; 149 (Liverpool Street to Edmonton); 243 (Wood Green to Waterloo and many more services come through Tottenham.
- Air - Tottenham Hale station is on the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.
- Tottenham Marshes - part of the Lea Valley Park, a natural habitat for many resident plants and animals.
- Bruce Castle - local history museum for Haringey, housed in a Tudor mansion house with tower.
- Bruce Castle Park - large park with tree trail and children's playground. Site of the Tottenham Carnival every June.
- White Hart Lane - Tottenham is most famous for its Premiership football team, Tottenham Hotspur. The stadium is located on Park Lane near to White Hart Lane station.
- White Hart Lane stadium tour, Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, London N170AP(Use White Hart Lane overground station, or underground to Seven Sisters, then bus 149 or 259 to White Hart Lane), ☎ 0844 499 5000, . A tour of Tottenham Hotspur's home ground at White Hart Lane.Adults £13.
- Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU(Buses 123, 243 and 318 stop directly outside the museum. Overground trains stop at White Hart Lane and Bruce Grove), ☎ 020 8808 8772, . Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm. Haringey's local history museum in the Tudor mansion of Bruce Castle. There is also regular, scheduled talks and workshops.free.
- Cycle and boat hire on the Lea, Stonebridge Lock, Tottenham Marshes(Walk along the Lea from Tottenham Hale, or take bus 192 from the station.), ☎ 07747 873831, . Wed-Sun plus bank holidays, 10am-7pm. Hire a canoe, kayak or cycle by the hour.
- West Green Road shops, West Green Road, Seven Sisters(turn left directly from Seven Sisters station, or bus 141). all day. Specialist Caribbean and African food, open til late.
- Tesco, High Road(Seven Sisters station). 24 hr.
- Marmalade, 40 Lordship Lane, London N17 8NS(Bus 318, or a short walk from the High Road), ☎ 020 8808 9111, . An excellent homemade food cafe, with superb cakes.
This page was last edited at 12:23, on 3 October 2008 by Simon.