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Hornsey is a North London borough in the district of Haringey. For the most part, it is an inner-residential area located 10 km (6.2 miles) north of Charing Cross. Hornsey is bordered to the north by Alexandra Park and Queen’s Wood.
Crouch End is a North London borough in the western half of Haringey district, about 5 miles from London’s metropolitan area and 4.6 miles north of Charing Cross. Crouch End is situated between Wood Green, Muswell Hill, and Hornsey to the north; Archway and Stroud Green to the south; Highgate to the west; and Harringay to the east.
Notable buildings in Crouch End include the contemporary Hornsey Town Hall; the red-brick Clock Tower, which was originally constructed in honor of Henry Reader Williams; the Crouch End Hippodrome; and Hornsey College of Art, which was established by artist and teacher Charles Swinstead in 1880.
Musician Stuart Goddard of the Adam and the Ants, sculptor Richard Wilson, singer Ray Davies of the Kinks, and artist Dorothy King are some of the most famous people associated with the college.
Architect Reginald Uren designed the Hornsey Town Hall in 1933. This is the first important UK building that features that Modernist style. The building served as a filming location for the 2011 drama series The Hour and Killing Eve and for US comics-based drama Pennyworth.
Crouch End short story by Stephen King takes place in the area. Legend has it that the writer got the inspiration for the story when and he and his wife were lost on the way to their friend’s house in Crouch End.
The name “Crouch End” is derived from Middle English and means “cross end”. It looks like the name might have referred to the borders of the parish or the area where the influence of the parish ends.