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Hornseymarker was a local government district in east Middlesexmarker from 1867 to 1965.

In 1867, a Local Board was formed for part of the civil parish of Hornseymarker. The rest of the parish was already under South Hornsey Local Board formed in 1865.

In 1894, under the Local Government Act of that year, Hornsey became an urban district. In 1903, it was incorporated as a municipal borough. The corporation made two unsuccessful attempts to gain county borough status in 1904 and 1915. The borough was part of the London postal district and Metropolitan Police District.

The borough's coat of arms, granted in 1904 featured two oak trees recalling the ancient forest that once covered the area and surviving remnants including Queen's Woodmarker, Highgate Woodmarker and Coldfall Woodmarker. The manor of Hornsey had at one time been held by the Diocese of Londonmarker and crossed swords, taken from the Diocese's arms, completed the design. The Latin motto was Fortior quo paratior or The better prepared, the stronger.

Hornsey Town Hallmarker, built in 1933-5, was widely admired for its clean, modernist style and beautiful detailing, symbolizing enlightened local government. The architect was Reginald Harold Uren. However, since 2004 Haringey Council gradually removed municipal services from the building, and its increasing dereliction caused a local furore.

In 1965, the municipal borough was abolished and its area was transferred to Greater London under the London Government Act 1963. Hornsey's area was combined with the Municipal Borough of Tottenhammarker and the Municipal Borough of Wood Greenmarker to form the present-day London Borough of Haringeymarker.

References

  • Local Government Act 1894
  • London Government Act 1963


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