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St Saviour's Court

St Saviour's Court is on the site of the St Saviour's church which was taken down a year or so after we first came to the neighbourhood in 1994. The building of St Saviour's court took a couple of years and was completed some 20 years ago. The war memorial was moved from the side of the church to the front of the courtyard of the new development. The old vicarage remains, now a private house. St Saviour's was the parish church.

Another, smaller church was further down, on the opposite side of the Alexandra Park Road, road, just before the T junction with Albert Rd. It had a church hall which we used for community activities and meetings. That may have been a Unitarian church, but my memory often plays tricks on me, so please correct me if you know. There was much opposition to that development because the hall was a precious local amenity. The developer was required to allow continued access to the hall when planning permission was granted. So they let the hall fall into disrepair and ruin, then cleared the site and built what is now a private nursery. 

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  • Correction: the vicarage is a couple of plots to the west of the mansion. Also, there is a clay pit marked where the Lido was and Sunshine Garden Centre is now.

    • I think the mansion was where Anderton Court is now - you can see on the map Alexandra Avenue on the other side of A.Park road, slightly further west than the mansion, which would fit. Bounded by the old brick wall to the left of the park path, as you say. And I understood that no. 268 APR was the vicarage?

      As regards the churches - I had a look at Ken Gay's history, which says that St Saviours and St Andrews were built to serve the newly developed estates of houses, on land that used to belong to the company owning Alexandra Palace and Park. Gay says that the United Reformed church - now the 'Chantry' - was also built about the same time, to 'cater for the worshippers at the Whitfields Tabernacle in Finsbury who had moved to the new suburb'!

      The 1873 map (only 30 years earlier) shows the whole area just consisting of fields - not a house to be seen except for Tottenham Wood Farmhouse (where Rhodes Avenue school is now) !

  • It is a most interesting map Alessandra. The church may have been very likely built on the grounds of the old mansion. Part of the structure would have covered the plot on which the vicarage now stands if the map is correct.

    The only reminant of the mansion, I was told, is the old brick wall to the left of the park path that leads from Alexandra Park road up to the Palace, past the old deer enclosure. 

    Either a part of the mansion or the nearby banqueting house survived into the 1970s and was used for Council offices. Does anyone know more about it?

     

  • I seem to remember the church hall was burnt down - convenient for the developers! 

  • I found this old photo of St Saviour's Church. Apparently it was built between 1903 and 1906. Which makes me wonder what was on that site before the church was built. The church seems very large to me. I had assumed it got bombed in the war and was quire surprised to hear it was only demolished in 1994. Was it in terrible condition, generally unloved or both?

    • Susie, this is a really wonderful picture! I bought a reproduction of the local OS map at last summer fete and this is a detail of the area (map edition1894-96) : it shows not many buildings and something called 'The mansions' B.M. 215-9 ( not sure what B.M stands for..) 

    • I find this completely fascinating. I'd love to find some images of The Mansion on Alexandra Park Road. Interestingly, when I looked at the website of the Hornsey Historical Society earlier today, Alexandra Park isn't included as a local area.

       

    • I don't remember the church being this big, but it is probably because of the trees and the hoardings around it. But the plot was substantial. Don't know if there had been a bomb or fire damage.More likely, it became too big to maintain as the numbers of worshipers declined. St Andrews was smaller, on a smaller plot and could serve the dwindling parish just as well at a smaller cost. And the large plot could be sold off for a good sum of money. But that is just my guess. Some of the older residents may remember. 

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