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Below is a listing of local, regional and national groups and organisations which members and visitors may find useful.  For convenience, the list is sub-divided under various headings.


Planning and Conservation

Planning permission is required from Haringey Council for all proposals which will materially alter the appearance or character of a building or area.  This includes not just major redevelopments such as that at Tottenham Hale, but also alterations (such as loft extensions) to domestic houses.  Details of all applications for planning permission can be found on the council's website.

Haringey Council is also responsible for designating, and controlling planning in, local Conservation Areas.  12 of Haringey's 28 Conservation Areas are in Tottenham.  Details of all the Conservation Areas are also on the council's website.

Haringey Council is advised by a number of Conservation Area Advisory Committees, which comment on proposed developments in their Areas.  Details of these Advisory Committees are also on the Council's website.  The Tottenham Conservation Area Advisory Committee publishes an annual report, compiled by its Secretary; the latest report, for the year 2017-2018, is here.

Haringey Council also publishes a list of locally listed buildings in the borough -- that is, buildings which have been designated for their heritage, architectural or cultural value and should therefore be protected from developments which may adversely affect their value.

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Local History

Wikipedia has a short list of notable Tottenham landmarks with extensive links to other information about the area.

British History Online has republished the (authoritative)1979 Victoria County History of Tottenham, covering its history from its appearance in the Domesday Book to its growth from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

Bruce Castle Museum is the Grade I listed building originally built by William Compton, the Master of the King Henry VIII's Bedchamber, which is now owned by Haringey Council and has displays on local history and a programme of talks and other events.

Markfield Beam Engine, a Grade II listed beam engine, was built in 1886 to pump sewage from Tottenham into the London sewer system and was recently restored to working order with grants from English Heritage and others.  The beam engine is named after the park in which it is located.

Summerhill Road is one of a number of streets of historic properties in Tottenham, the story of which has been compiled by local historians, Alan and Ray Swain.

The Harris Lebus furniture factory was once one of the largest local employers at Tottenham Hale, until its closure in the 1960s.

There are also a number of local historical societies which might be of interest:

Hornsey Historical Society publishes a range of books covering aspects of the history of Hornsey, plus an annual magazine for its members.

Friends of Hornsey Church Tower looks after the tower of St Mary's Church, all that is left of the historic church in Hornsey High Street.

Edmonton Hundred Historical Society covers the old medieval administrative area ("the hundred") which included Tottenham, and also offers a range of publications on local history.

Harringay Online, the community website for the old neighbourhood of Harringay, has some material on Harringay's past.  (Registration with the site is required to access the material, but it's all free.)

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Natural Heritage

Tree Trust for Haringey was established in 1996 to plant and protect trees throughout the borough, and to hold the council to its policies on street trees.

London Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces, with a network of volunteers and other helpers throughout the capital.

Friends of Tottenham Marshes is a charity established in 2005 to promote and protect the 100-acre Marshes as a community and wildlife resource.  It organises various talks and other events, and undertakes frequent surveys of the Marshes' bird and invertebrate populations.

Friends of Tottenham Marshes operate in the Tottenham section of the Lea Valley Park, a 28-mile stretch of open green space which runs from Ware in Hertfordshire down to the Thames at Bow and Limehouse.  There's more information about this on the Park authority's website.

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Local Community Groups

Sustainable Haringey is a network of local organisations campaigning for a greener, more environmentally friendly borough, and to which the Tottenham Civic Society is affiliated.

There are a number of internet-based community notice boards for Tottenham people and events -- SoTo: South Tottenham and Seven Sisters; Seventhsister; and Discovering Tottenham.

Tottenham and Wood Green Friends of the Earth campaigns on a number of local and evironmentally-related issues.  It publishes a quarterly newsletter for its members and holds monthly activist meetings.

Haringey Friends of Parks Forum is the umbrella organisation for the thirty groups of Haringey residents who have "taken ownership" of and are working to protect and improve the borough's parks, nature sites, community gardens and other green open spaces.

Wards Corner Community Coalition (WCC) is fighting to save a local market from being destroyed to make way for gated tower blocks.  The Tottenham Civic Society is a member of the Coalition.

Two of Tottenham's residents associations, both of them in conservation areas, have dedicated websites of their own: the Noel Park Conservation Area and the Tower Gardens Residents Association.

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Regional and National Organisations

The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies claims to speak for over a hundred local societies across London with more than 100,000 members.

There is also the national organisation Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement which replaced the defunct Civic Trust.

SAVE Britain's Heritage is a small but influential national organisation with an interest in heritage and conservation issues which gave us valuable advice and assistance in the campaign to prevent the demolition of some historic buildings on the High Road as part of the redevelopment and enlargement of Tottenham Hotspurs' stadium.

Historic England maintains registers of Heritage at Risk, covering individual buildings and conservation areas as well as archaeology and industrial heritage.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded in 1877 by William Morris out of concern that "well meaning architects are scraping away the historic fabric of too many buildings in their zealous 'restorations'", is a source of advice and expertise on buildings of all ages.

The Ancient Monuments Society was founded in 1924 "for the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship" and is a notable source of expertise and campaigning information on old buildings of all ages.

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Other Resources of Interest

London Historians is "a club for Londoners who'd like to learn more about their city's history" which organises walks, talks, visits and other social events.  It also has a blog recording the things it does.

The Thames Discovery Programme, supported by the Museum of London, reports on the archaeology of the river's London foreshore.  An associational project, covering the Thames from its source to the sea, was the Thames Pilot a partnership of various bodies along the River Thames which charted its history and environment, and the art it inspired.

Underground History is a record of the blocked and disused stations, tunnels and other byways of the London Underground.  A similar project, Subterannea Britannica, explored human-made and human-used underground places -- mines, railway tunnels, nuclear bunkers, caves, underground follies and the like.  There is also Derelict London, a photographic resource of images of run-down and decayed buildings and open spaces, which includes some images of Tottenham pubs and parts of the Lea Valley which disappeared under the 2012 Olympics venues.

There are several blogs which haven't been updated for some time but which remain of interest.  They include Ghost Signs, recording the faded, hand-painted advertisements -- "ghost signs", the precursors of billboards -- still extant on some buildings, including some in Tottenham; Painted Signs and Mosaics, recording ghost signs and analogous images in both the UK and continental Europe; the London Mural Preservation Society established "to protect, preserve and celebrate murals in the communities where they were created" and Ornamental Passions, a photographic record of "the unexpected details that help to make life in the city worth living" -- the statuettes, caryatids, scrolls, grilles, pediments and the other decorative details found on the capital's older buildings.

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