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Hornsey is a district in London Borough of Haringey in north London in England. Whilst Hornsey was formerly the name of a parish and later a municipal borough of Middlesex, today, the name refers only to the London district. It is an inner-suburban area located 5 miles (8 km) north of Charing Cross.
The name Hornsey originated from a Saxon chieftan named Haering; 'Haering's Hege was Haering's enclosure.
Much of Hornsey was built up in Edwardian times, but the tower of the original parish church still stands in its ancient graveyard in Hornsey High Street, at the centre of the old village. Other notable places are the Doragh Gasworks, the former Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End, and Highpoint and Cromwell House in Highgate.
In 1968 Crouch End was briefly the scene of a student revolt at Hornsey College of Art.
- For details of education in Hornsey see the London Borough of Haringey article.
Notable current and former residents
Former residents include poets A.E. Housman and Thomas Moore, eminent theatre architect Frank Latcham, soviet communist apologists William Peyton Coates and Zelda Coates. Actor Bob Hoskins grew up here. The once-famous poet Samuel Rogers, a friend of Byron and Dickens, is buried in Hornsey churchyard.
Other notable residents are: