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Finsbury Park

Our area guide to Finsbury Park gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out. Postcodes covered by this area guide include , N4

Finsbury Park Overview
Finsbury Park was made in part of the former Hornsey Wood which had woodland, meadow, a lake and a tavern. The park was opened in 1869.

So far as one can tell from the records, it was a pleasanter place as Hornsey Wood than when made into a public park, with vapid expanses of mown grass and isolated attractions such as a band stand and a boating lake.

The park was landscaped on the northeastern extremity of what was originally a woodland area in the Manor or Prebend of Brownswood. It was part of a large expanse of woodland called Hornsey Wood that was cut further and further back for use as grazing land during the middle ages. In the mid eighteenth century a tea rooms had opened on the knoll of land on which Finsbury Park is situated. Londoners would travel out to escape the smoke of the capital and enjoy the last remains of the old Hornsey Wood. Around 1800 the tea rooms were developed into a larger building which became known as the Hornsey Wood House/Tavern. A lake was also built on the top of the knoll with water pumped up from the nearby New River.

Guide to Finsbury Park transport links:

  • Trains
  • Crouch Hill (National Rail)
  • Finsbury Park
  • Harringay
  • Harringay Green Lanes
  • Tubes
  • Finsbury Park (Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line, National Rail) (Zone 2)
  • Manor House (Piccadilly Line) (Zone 3, Zone 2)

Council Tax Rates

Finsbury Park is represented by Hackney Council, Haringey Council and Islington Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.