Architecture Walk - North Hill, Highgate
Britain’s most varied street?
Residents in North Hill, Highgate have long been intrigued at the variety of domestic architecture on their street. It would seem that almost every style of British architecture is represented. In addition the street contains a mix of flats, houses and dwellings that are in private, social and charitable ownership.
Such is the variety that residents issued a challenge to any other street in London - or indeed in the whole of Britain - that can compare with North Hill in its variety. It is believed that twelve different monarchs were on the English throne over the period of time when its dwellings were built. Can any other street exceed that number?
To attract more visitors to Highgate, and to help with the regeneration of its economy, residents submitted a bid under Haringey’s “Making The Difference” programme to promote North Hill as a destination for visitors interested in Britain’s architecture.
The bid involved the creation of a fold-out guide and an interpretation board.
One side of the fold-out guide has photographs of 35 of North Hill’s dwellings sorted in the order in which they were built. Visitors can use the guide to see how styles have evolved over the past 450 years since the first were built. The reverse side of the fold-out guide highlights the most interesting features of each building. This side is great for when you walk the street since it is organised in walk order.
The bid also included the design and erection of an interpretation board similar to those successfully installed on Haringey’s Parkland Walk. The interpretation board is located outside "The Bull" on North Hill.
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