NEW  DAME EILEEN ATKINS Born  Stamforfd Hill, 16th June 1934

Eileen Atkins was born in the Mothers' Hospital in Lower Clapton, a Salvation Army maternity hospital near Stamford Hill. Her mother, Annie Ellen (née Elkins), was a barmaid who was 46 when Eileen was born, and her father, Arthur Thomas Atkins, was a gas meter reader who was previously under-chauffeur to the Portuguese Ambassador. She was the third child in the family and when she was born the family moved to a council home in Tottenham.
Eileen studied dancing from age 3 to 15 or 16. From age 7 to 15, which covered the last four years of WW2, she danced in local working men’s clubs as "Baby Eileen".
Another of our contacts, Sheila Brimmer (nee Frost), went to the same dance school as Eileen in Tottenham and kindly sent the following photograph. (Eileen pictured extreme right).
Eileen was educated at Parkside Preparatory School in Tottenham. Eileen Atkins has since publicly credited the Principal, Miss D. M. Hall, for the wise and firm guidance under which her character developed. From Parkside she went on to The Latymer School in Edmonton.
Eileen’s early claim to fame was when she co-created the television dramas Upstairs-Downstairs (1971–1975) and The House of Elliot with Jean Marsh.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2001.
Note: I worked for a major Pharmaceutical Company and my Director was Fred McNeice. His son, Ian McNeice, became a well-known actor and he now co-stars alongside Eileen Atkins in the TV show ‘Doc Martin’ with Martin Clunes    Alan Swain
NEW  BOBBY BUCKLE  Born Tottenham, 17th October 1868

In many circles Bobby Buckle had become one of the least known famous sons of Tottenham and yet he was responsible for making the name of Tottenham, through its football team, well known throughout the world.

He was not just one of the founders of the Hotspur football team, he was at the centre of every major moment in the developments off the field during the first 20 years of its existence.

On the pitch he was the team captain (at just 13 years old) in that first season and is the first known goal scorer in the club’s history. A speedy winger he remained a mainstay of the side for 10 years.

He later served as Secretary, Treasurer and was one of the first directors when the Limited Company was established in 1898

NEW  MARIANNE PRICE (Now Welsh) Born Tottenham, 1950

Marianne Price has been a singer and actress for more than fifty years and has worked in cabaret, television, West End musical theatre, tours, repertory theatre, radio, and film. She is also a highly sought after public and after dinner speaker.

Marianne was both born and attended schools in Tottenham. She also attended the Calvert School of Speech and Drama at Bruce Grove. When reaching the age of fifteen, she started out singing in the working men’s clubs and pubs in the area and also in the East End. She then moved on to roles in famous West End Shows such as ‘Hair’ and ‘Grease’ and later in the musical ‘Billy’ starring Michael Crawford. In 1975 she performed in a Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium along with the cast of ‘Billy’. Other shows included “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Evita” and “Little Me”.   

Her TV appearances include a long role in the popular ‘Crossroads’ programme and another TV series called ‘Funny Man’.  

Marianne is also a celebrated writer. She has written a collection of short stories and her first novel ‘Rylands’ was published in August 2022.

For more information and to read Marianne's story in full please visit the Tottenham History Snippets section.

NEW HAROLD CHARLES KENWORTHY  Born Tottenham, August 1892 - Died 12th April 1960 Banstead Surrey

Harold Charles Kenworthy was born at 20 Burlington Road, Tottenham in 1892, He was one of 3 children born to Harold Ric hard Kenworthy and Alice Bertha Kenworthy (nee Lee).

In WW1 he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, where he attained the rank of Temporary Sub-Lieutenant and was awarded a British War Medal. He also served in Gibraltar as the Port Wireless Operator. In the inter war years Harold Kenworthy was a pioneer with the introduction of radio for police cars. He initially worked for Marconi and then joined the civilian staff of Metropolitan Police where he was Head of their intercept station at Scotland Yard, which was later moved to Denmark Hill.

In April 1942 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the top-secret wireless interception station at Knockholt in Kent. They were responsible for intercepting teleprinter (non-morse) signals used by the German High Command. The team at Knockholt worked very closely with Bletchley Park to help break the German codes. Intercepts from some new German radio stations were being broken with weeks of their going online.  The very fact that this was done is the best measure of the efficacy of Kenworthy’s interception service.

For more information and to read Harold Kenworthy's story in full please visit the Tottenham History Snippets section.

       NEW    MAX BACON  Born Bethnal Green 1st March 1904 -Lived in Tottenham from 1911 - Died 3rd December 1969.

Max Bacon. March 1st 1904- December 3rd 1969 was a British actor, comedian and musician who lived in Wargrave Avenue Tottenham N.15.

Max was a drummer and occasional vocalist with Ambrose and his Orchestra, one of the best-known dance bands in the 1930’s He played the driver in the 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and featured in the TV series, William Tell, No Hiding Place, Educating Archie, the Rag Trade and Z Cars, and many more TV programmes.

He acted in the  London theatre performance of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Max was born in Bethnal Green but in 1911 at the age of 7 years the family home was in Wargrave Avenue, Tottenham, N.15.

He was a member of the former Tottenham Hebrew Congregation synagogue, situated close to the High Cross.

NB: Family Information verified by Dr Stanley Cohen former secretary of the Tottenham Hebrew Congregation which was established in 1904 and closed in 1991.

Biography Courtesy of Henry Jacobs.


  Born Tottenham, 15th December 1942

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Dave was born in Tottenham and lived in Philip Lane above what was then ‘Williams Brothers’ the grocers on the corner with Durham (later Kitchener) Road. A founder member and drummer for the pop group ‘The Dave Clark Five’ he was to enjoy huge success in both the UK and USA with hits such as ‘Glad all Over’ and ‘Bits and Pieces’. Prior to hitting the big time Dave and his band played at the ‘Tottenham Royal’ a popular dance hall in Tottenham during the 1960’s. In 2008 the band were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


Born Tottenham, 22nd March 1949 - Died London 20th December 2010 age 61

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Brian Hanrahan was born in Tottenham and he was the son of Thomas and Kathleen Hanrahan (nee McInerney). The family lived at 436 West Green Road, Tottenham. Brian attended Belmont Junior school and then St Ignatius College at Stamford Hill, Tottenham. After taking a degree in Politics at Essex University, and a year teaching in West Africa with VSO, he joined the BBC in 1970.
Brian was the Diplomatic Editor for BBC News and a well-known correspondent perhaps best remembered for his coverage of the Falklands War of 1982, His most memorable report from the campaign included his comments:
“ I’m not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid but I counted them all out and I counted them all back”
As the BBC's Far East, and then Moscow correspondent, he watched dramatic changes unfolding in China and Russia. He covered Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In more recent years, the correspondent had covered ceremonial and state events such as the anniversaries of D-Day and the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother.

Following the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11th September 2001, Brian Hanrahan flew to New York to anchor special programmes.

At the time of his death, BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, said, “Brian was a journalist of unimpeachable integrity and outstanding judgment, but his personal kindness and humanity also came through. That is why audiences and everyone who knew him here will miss him very much.”


Born Tottenham, 14th April 1933

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Shani was born in Tottenham and on leaving school she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA, She is perhaps best known for her role as Nancy  in the classic screen adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’  in the musical ‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart when she starred alongside Ron Moody - Harry Secombe  –Oliver Reed- Jack Wild and Mark Lester.

Shani now lives in the USA


Born Tottenham  - 20th April 1924

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Leslie was born in Welbourne Road, Tottenham in rather humble beginnings. His father was employed at Glover & Main in Edmonton who manufactured cookers. Following the early death of his father in 1931 the family moved to Chingford. It was his mother who decided that Phillips should be sent to the Italia Conti Academy   to receive elocution lessons in order to lose his natural cockney accent as at that time a strong regional accent from any city was a major impediment to an aspiring actor. It proved to be an astute move and by the age of 14 Phillips was the family's main breadwinner, saving his mother from squalor. His suave, seductive voice is his trademark as well as his catchphrases, "I say, Ding Dong"  He has played numerous roles on both stage and screen but is perhaps best known for the parts he played in the ‘Carry on ‘ series of films.

Phillips has been a lifelong fan of  Tottenham Hotspur and  makes mention of the fact in his 2006 Autobiography Hello: I was born in Tottenham just before the team scored a goal and they said my scream was louder than those in the ground. I supported Tottenham Hotspur and have done until this day.


Born Edmonton 1907 – later lived in Cornwall Road, Tottenham – Died Feb 1980

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Perhaps best known as ‘Leslie Welch – The Memory Man’
His talent for memorising and then being able to recall accurately the smallest of sporting detail, was discovered almost by accident while he was serving with the 8th Army in the Western Desert in WW2. He overheard two officers arguing over the result of a football match; Leslie was not only able to settle the dispute but name the two teams as well. His fame spread and he was a popular star on post-war radio. Millions tuned in their radio sets in the 1950’s to listen to his warm cockney tones. Known as ‘The Memory Man’ he could recall the most obscure sporting detail from as many as 37 different sports as part of his radio and stage act but one day in 1963 he just vanished from the professional theatre.


Born Tottenham - 13th January 1914-Died 22nd Dec 1992

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He was born Edward Henry Willis in Stanley Road in the West Green area of Tottenham. Commonly known as Ted Willis he was politically active in support of the Labour party. However it was his passion for drama that was to bring him fame. He was best known for writing the television series ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ starring Jack Warner. He later wrote many other TV series including ‘Sergeant Cork’, ‘Mrs Thursday’ and ‘The Adventures of Black Beauty’.

In 1963 he was awarded a life peerage as Baron Willis of Chislehurst, Kent.
The memories of his Tottenham childhood are splendidly captured in his wonderful book ‘Whatever happened to Tom Mix? The story of one of my lives’


Born Tottenham3rd June 1914 - Died 13th Nov 2004

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Arnold Lynch, scientist and engineer, made a significant contribution to the development of what many regard as the first electronic computer. The Colossus machine was used from 1943 to 1945 by the code-breakers at Bletchley Park to break the Lorenz cypher; a cypher much more complex than Enigma. Arnold was the son of Albert John Lynch, the headmaster at West Green School, champion of the Dalton system of education and later Mayor of Tottenham. After graduating from Emmanuel College Cambridge, Arnold worked at the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill. In 1943 Tommy Flowers, Colossus’s designer, commissioned Arnold to develop the vital high-speed optical paper tape reader. By D-day 1944 the Colossus machines at Bletchley Park were enabling the reading of the Nazi hierarchy’s “unbreakable” messages faster than the Nazis themselves. In 1995 Arnold Lynch helped the volunteers at Bletchley Park rebuild Colossus machines where they can now be viewed as working exhibits.


Born Scarborough - 26th January 1919-Died Tottenham 23rd October 2004


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Bill Nicholson was one of family of 9 and moved from his native Yorkshire to join Tottenham Hotspur as a 17 year old in March 1936. A distinguished player in his own right Bill played for Spurs from 1936 until 1954 and was part of the famous 'Push & Run ' team of the 1950's. It should of course be mentioned that Bill lost a large part of his playing career during the outbreak of WW2.

However, it was perhaps as a Manager of Spurs that Bill really gained world-wide recognition as one of the finest football managers of his day. He was appointed Manager in 1958 and on his very first match in charge Spurs recorded a famous 10-4 win over Everton. He went on to manage the famous Spurs 'Double winning Team' in the 1960-61 season and became the first British manager to win a European trophy when winning the European Cup-Winners Cup in 1963. Under Bill's guidance Spurs were to win the FA Cup 3 times - The League Cup twice and the UEFA Cup on a further two occasions. Bill retired as the Spurs Manager in 1976.

Bill continued to work as a consultant until 1991 when he was awarded the title of Club President. Bill continued to attend every match at his beloved Tottenham Hotspur played at White Hart Lane until shortly before his death in 2004 aged 85 years 

Bill was a true man of Tottenham and arguably the finest manager in Football never to be Knighted. The entrance to today's Stadium has been named 'Bill Nicholson Way' in his memory.


Born Tottenham, 11th March 1934

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Born in Love Lane Tottenham, Paul Trevillion is a highly acclaimed British comic/sports artist whose career spans over fifty years. Paul Trevillion used to draw his Spurs Heroes while he stood on the terraces at White Hart Lane as a boy. He later produced artwork for publications like  the 'Eagle' and TV21 while still at school. For many years   he also had a weekly feature in the 'Tottenham & Edmonton Weekly Herald' with his stories and illustrations for his beloved 'Spurs' football team.

For over 50 years he has produced his comic strip ' You Are The Ref' in national newspapers and other of his many cartoons have featured in famous football publications such as 'Roy of the Rovers' and 'Shoot' magazine.

Paul has also met and drawn many of the world's greatest sports stars such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus,  Pele, Bobby Moore, George Best, Michael Jordan and Franz Beckenbauer to name just a few. He also famously sketched Sir Winston Churchill in 1955 and it is the only portrait Churchill ever signed and the drawing now hangs in the 'Churchill Museum'.

His other achievements include the introduction of a revolutionary new putting technique for Golf and his collaboration with former Spurs player, Alan Mullery, in the writing of their book 'Double Bill' about the legendary Spurs manager Bill Nicholson. 


   Born Tottenham - December 1942

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Prof Joseph Ivor Silk is the Savilion Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford. He came back to the UK in 1999 to take up the position, following a nearly 30-year career at the  University of California, Berkeley. He once lived in the Park View Road area of Tottenham and was educated at Tottenham County School (1954-1960) and Cambridge University (1960-1963)  He held distinguished positions in  Munich, Paris Groningen and Baltimore.  Professor Silk, a post-graduate of Harvard, has given more than two hundred invited conference lectures, primarily on galaxy formation and cosmology.

He is a Fellow of New College Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society (elected May 1999)  

He was awarded the 2011 Balzan Prize for his works on the early Universe  


Born Tottenham  - 30th October  1943

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David Triesman was educated at the ‘Stationers Company school’ in London and later at the ‘University of Essex’ and ‘Kings College–Cambridge’ . An active trade unionist he later became a lecturer and a fellow of Cambridge University. He was made a life peer in January 2004 as Baron Triesman of Tottenham and was later to serve as Parliamentary Secretary of State for Innovation and then Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Foreign Office.

However, a lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspur, he is perhaps best known today as being the first independent Chairman of the ‘Football Association’ when appointed in 2008

Resigned in Feb 2011 following his allegations of bribery within FIFA relating to England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup


Born Tottenham  - 4th April 1978

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Lemar Obika, professionally known as ‘Lemar’ was born in Tottenham from Nigerian parents. Lemar had some musical success supporting various artists such as Destiny’s Child, Total, Uncle Sam and Usher Raymond on their UK club tours and after some years, managed to secure a recording contract of his own. Lemar was most notably brought to public attention on the BBC’s Fame Academy show in 2002.

Lemar has also won two Brit Awards and three MOBO Awards to date[1] and released his fifth studio album in 2012.


Born Tottenham  - 5th May 1988

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham London, England, UK, although better known professionally by her single name 'Adele'. She was born to a single teenage mother named Penny on 5th May 1988. Adele's father split from Adele's mother when Adele was 3 years which as of 2012 Adele had not forgiven him for. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Adele has cited the 'Spice Girls' as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating the "they made me what I am today."

At the age of 9, Adele and her mother, a furniture-maker and adult learning activities organiser, relocated to Brighton. At the age of 11, Adele and her mother moved to Brixton, and then to neighbouring district West Norwood in South London.

At the annual 'Grammy Awards' in 2012, Adele was presented with 6 Grammy Awards including "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year" and "Album of the Year" tying the record held by 'Beyonce' for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in a single year.

In January 2013, for her song "Skyfall",(James Bond soundtrack) she won the Golden Globe award for the ‘Best Original Song’. In February 2013 she won an 'Oscar' for the 'Best Original Score' for 'Skyfall', which means she pulled off an amazing hat-trick having won a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and now an Oscar, and she's only 24 years old.

Although she moved away from North London aged 9, Adele remains an ardent fan of her hometown Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.


Born Louisiana - 2nd December 1981

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OK ! Perhaps a stretch of the truth but few people I am sure would be aware that Britney’s Great Grandparents originated from Tottenham.

George Anthony Portell and Lillian Esther Lewis married at St John’s Church in Tottenham in 1923. Their daughter, Britney’s grandmother Lillian Woolmore-Portell , met and married a US Navy sailor Barnett O’Field Bridges in London during the second world war. They subsequently moved to New Orleans and had 3 children including Britney Spears mother Lynne.
Britney Spears...or should that be 'Britney Spurs', as records reveal her family connections with Tottenham


Born Tottenham  - 8th January 1924

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Ron was born Ronald Moodnick and his parents were of Russian/Jewish descent. Moody originally trained to be an accountant at the London School of Economics but began appearing in shows and later decided to become a professional actor. Ron Moody has worked in a variety of genres, but is perhaps best known for his starring role as the villainous yet loveable ‘Fagin’ in Lionel Bart’s famous stage and film musical ‘Oliver’ which was based on the Charles Dickens’s novel ‘Oliver Twist’.

On 30 June 2010, Moody appeared on stage at the end of a performance of Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Oliver! (50th Anniversary reprise)


Born Tottenham  - 19th May 1931

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Trevor Peacock was born in Tottenham the son of Alexandria and Victor Edward Peacock. He is an English character actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Jim Trott in the TV series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. His catchphrase ‘’NO..NO..NO...NO...YES!’  will I am sure be familiar to many viewers of the programme.

Trevor has appeared in many other popular TV programmes and feature films. He made his film debut as an actor in the little know film ‘The Barber of Stamford Hill (1963), another local connection ?

Many will be surprised to learn that Trevor is also an accomplished songwriter.  He wrote the 1960s pop classic "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter", which was recorded by Herman's Hermits. Other hit songs to his credit include "Mystery Girl" (recorded by Jess Conrad), "Made You" (Adam Faith), "Gossip Calypso" (Bernard Cribbins), "That's What Love Will Do" and "Nature's Time For Love" (both recorded by Joe Brown). He wrote the lyrics for the musical show, "Passion Flower Hotel" (music by John Barry), and for a musical based on the popular newspaper cartoon strip, Andy Capp (music by Alan Price).


Born Hackney 19th January  1940 Died 29th July 2007 Marbella

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Mike Reid moved with his family to Tottenham in the early years of WW2 as a result of devastation caused by German bombers in the Blitz and experienced a childhood of scrimping and saving. "I remember asking my dad if I could have tuppence," he recalled. "He said, 'Son, if battleships were worth two a penny, I couldn't buy a rowing boat.'" On leaving Rowland Hill School, Tottenham, Reid worked as a plasterer's mate, scrap-iron dealer, coalman and lorry driver.
The gravel voice and cockney tones of Mike Reid first came to the attention of Television audiences in 1971 when 'The Comedians',which featured stand-up comics who were popular on the northern club circuits and working men's venues across Britain, first appeared on our screens. Then came the role that was to change his working life when in 1987 he landed the part of 'Frank Butcher' in the popular BBC soap 'Eastenders' which, with exception to a few years in the mid 1990's, was a part he played until 2000.
Mike Reid tragically died from a heart attack in Marbella Spain in July 2007


Born Hoxton 31st August 1924 - Died 2nd April 2007

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George was born in Hoxton but his family later moved to South Tottenham and they lived near Tewkesbury Road, off Seven Sisters Road. His mother's family were flower sellers and run their business nearby. George left school at 14 and was apprenticed in his father's trade as a printer. But when war broke out in 1939 and printing was soon restricted by the shortage of paper, he switched to building work, specifically the repair of bomb-damaged houses. Later in the war he joined the RAF and trained as a pilot, though too late to see action.

George was a self-made actor who successfully auditioned for Joan Littlewood's Workshop where he appeared an 'Fings Aint Wot They Used T'Be' and 'Sparrers Cant Sing'. He excelled in strong, sometimes sinister, often shifty, supporting roles and, though he was best known and most at home on television, in series such as Z Cars and Special Branch, he had a solid grounding in the theatre and in the cinema he lent his talents to such acclaimed action movies as Get Carter (1971), playing Con Mc Carty, one of the London Villains sent up to Tyneside to carry out that task.


Born Tottenham 5th June 1919 - Died 23rd February 2009

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Laurence was born in Tottenham and attended Belmont School and later Tottenham Grammar School. Perhaps best known for his role as the detective ‘Sexton Blake’ which was screen on TV from the late 60’s to the early 1970s. One of his major film parts was when he played the role of Joseph opposite Charlton Heston in the epic film ‘BEN HUR’ in 1959. In 1944 Laurence married the actress Sheila Burrell, who was also the cousin of Laurence Olivier, Their married was later dissolved.
Laurence Payne died in 2009 age 89 years


Mike Winters Born Islington 15th November 1930 - Died 24th August 2013

Bernie Winters Born Islington 6th Sept 1932 - Died 4th May 1991

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Mike and Bernie Winters were born as Mike & Bernie Weinstein in Islington but the family moved to Tottenham in 1935 when they lived opposite George Marks who was later to become the glamour photographer ‘Harrison Marks’. A close school friend of Bernie Weinstein was Danny Sewell, brother of actor George Sewell, the actor and another famous son of Tottenham,
Mike & Bernie formed their comedy double act in the early 1950’s and changed their surname to Winters. Mike was the straight man to the mildly gormless and goofy character played by Bernie. They were famous throughout the 1950’s to the late 1970’s when they split up and decided to go their separate ways. Bernie was later to pursue a solo career perhaps best remembered alongside his comedy partner, a large St Bernard dog named SCHNORBITZ.
Bernie died in 1991 aged 59 and Mike died in 2013 aged 82 years.


Born Nora Rosamund Jones -Tottenham - 19th October1913

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She was brought up in Tottenham and was educated at the Tottenham Drapers' College, then attended the Embassy School of Acting.
She became a popular film and stage actress who was known for playing gentle mannered women. Rosamund was twice married, first to film editor Russell Lloyd, from 1943-1949, and then to the politician John Silkin (1950–1987). They had one son, Rory (born 1954). She died from natural causes in London 1998 aged 85.


Born Gertrude Astbury -Stoke on Trent -27th December1887

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Gertie was a famous Music Hall star who started her career in the very early 1900’s.and continued as a top line artist for over 30 years. At the 1901 Census ‘Gertrude Astbury’ was living at 83 The Crescent, High Cross Tottenham.
During the 1914-18 war she was the Forces' sweetheart and often entertained the war wounded in hospitals. However Gertie once lived in West Green Road, Tottenham and also appeared regularly at the old ‘Wood Green Empire’.
Perhaps her most famous song was ‘Sweet Nellie Dean’ which was often heard imitated by patrons of Pubic Houses throughout the land.
In 1928 she married the dancer, Don Ross, and retired from the stage in 1938. Gertie Gitana died on the 5th January 1957 at Wigston Magna, Leics.


Born Todmorden ,Yorkshire 4th September 1916  Died London 8th July 1991

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Geoff Love was a musical director, arranger, composer and one of the UK's most popular easy-listening music personalities. After performing with several top bands of the era, in 1955, Geoff Love formed his own band for the television show On The Town, and soon afterwards started recording for EMI/Columbia with his Orchestra and Concert Orchestra. In 1959, Geoff Love started to release some recordings under the pseudonym, Manuel and His Music Of The Mountains, which proved to be immensely successful.

Besides his own orchestral records, Love provided the accompaniment and arrangements on record, and in concert, for many popular artists such as Connie Francis, Russ Conway, Paul Robeson, Judy Garland, Frankie Vaughan, Johnny Mathis, Des O'Connor, Ken Dodd, Marlene Dietrich and Gracie Fields. He recorded at least two albums with Shirley Bassey in 1959 and 1960

He was consistently popular on radio, and on television, where, besides conducting the orchestra, he was especially effective as a comic foil to Max Bygraves on his Singalongamax, and similar series.

Geoff Love was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire in 1917. His father was a mixed race American born guitarist and dancer, and his mother an actress. We understand that the family first moved to Tottenham in the 1930s and were  resident at 76, St. Margaret’s Road during the war years. We further understand that, from an inspection of the electoral rolls, Geoff Love is first listed there in 1945. The family continued to live at this address until about 1956.

Geoff Love saw military service during the Second World War. Geoff Love was married to Joy and had two sons, Adrian and Nigel. We know from the Tottenham Grammar School website that Adrian was a pupil at the Grammar School from 1955 to 1960.  Adrian Love was a popular disc jockey and presenter with LBC and Capital Radio who later enjoyed a very successful  career with the BBC. Sadly Adrian died in 1999 having never fully recovered from a terrible car crash in 1997.

Geoff Love died in London on 8th July 1991 age 73.


Born Tottenham 8th August 1865  Died Los Angeles 15th December 1945

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Arnold Lucy was a British actor claimed to have performed on the fabled London West End stage over 1,200 times before making his early film debut in the early 1910s during the Golden Era of the Hollywood system. He is known for his role as the professor Kantorek in “All Quiet on the Western Front”.

He was the youngest of the six sons of architect and surveyor Donald Campbell (1830-1900) and his wife Lucy Elizabeth (née Speak; 1828-1922) of Church Lane, Hornfield Lodge, Tottenham. They married in 1853. Their youngest child and only daughter, Rose Lucy, was born in 1871.


Born Tottenham  - 14th November 1930  

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Alan Edward Moss is a former English cricketer who played in 9 Tests from 1954 to 1960. Following his retirement from first-class cricket in 1963, he ran a printing business. He later reappeared in three limited-over matches. He has been a loyal member of the Middlesex CCC General Committee for over thirty years. He has served as Treasurer, Chairman (1995–1999) and President (2003–2005). He is currently a member of the ECB Disciplinary Commission.




Born London  - 28th November 1772  - Died 20th March 1864

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It was Luke Howard who invented the terms for types of clouds, such as cirrus, stratus and cumulus that are in common usage today.  Each time we look out the window and remark on the billowing cumulus, the dull stratus or lacy cirrus, we further honour the name of Luke Howard. He truly deserves the title bestowed by Dr John Day: Godfather of the Clouds.

He was a British manufacturing chemist and an amateur meteorologist with broad interests in science. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1821. Luke Howard died, aged 92, in 1864.

In April of 2002, the British Meteorological Office honoured the memory of Luke Howard by posting a plaque at his former home, 7 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, where Howard spent his final years.


Born Tottenham , High Cross - 27th June 1796

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John Williams was born at Rupert House, High Cross, Tottenham on the 27th June 1796 and was educated at a school in Fore Street, Edmonton. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a Mr Elias Tonkin, an Ironmonger in the City Road, London. Although primarily he was expected to be taught the commercial side of the business, John was far more interested in the practical side and spent much of his time in the blacksmiths forge where before long he became so skilled that any job that required great or delicate skill was entrusted to his capable hands. However it was a chance invitation by Mrs Tonkin for John to join her at a meeting at the Tabernacle Chapel that resulted in John dedicating his life to becoming a Missionary and to the worship of God.
Within 12 months of applying to become a missionary, John had been married to Mary Chawner and in November 1816 they were both on route to a new life serving in the South Seas. John was no ordinary character but was thrusting and self confident. His vigorous personality and practical skills made him perhaps the most famous Missionary of his time. One can appreciate now both the talent and confidence he had and what a craftsman he was to undertake the construction of ocean going vessels as well as the many houses and churches he built during his years as a missionary mostly built by him using only the primitive tools and materials available to him in the South Seas.
Sadly John Williams was to meet a very tragic death when, along with another missionary, Mr Harris, he was clubbed to death by natives on the island of Erromango in November 1839 and subsequently eaten by the natives in an act of cannibalism. The announcement of his death back home in the UK resulted in a huge outgoing of public sorrow. Such was their concern that appeals to the public resulted in the first of seven ship bearing the name ‘John Williams’ being dedicated to the service of missionaries continuing his work in the South Pacific.


Born Kidderminster, Worcs  - 3rd December 1795  - Died 27th August 1879

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Perhaps one of the most famous people from Tottenham's  history is that of Sir Rowland Hill who is world famous for the development of the Penny Post System and the introduction of the postage stamp.

His family operated Bruce Castle School, perhaps the most famous of the many private schools in Tottenham, that was opened in 1827 and began as a branch establishment of the Hill family school at Hazelwood near Birmingham. Rowland Hill was the first headmaster of Bruce Castle School and, on leaving the school in 1833, handed over to his brother Arthur Hill who retired in 1866

Sir Rowland Hill died at his home in Hampstead at the age of 84 on the 27th August 1879. His remains were laid in Westminster Abbey, London on the 4th September 1880.



Born: Southwark, London, 9th November 1752 - Died Tottenham May 1840

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William Hobson of Markfield House was the Quaker builder of the Martello Towers that were constructed all along the South East coastline of England in the early 19th century to repel any attacks by Napoleonic forces. Although never used in battle many are still standing today. William Hobson was also a friend of the artist, John Constable, who painted many portraits of the Hobson family


Born : William Crump - Shoreditch, London, 1865 - Died Tottenham 1942

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Harry Champion was a famous Music Hall star from the Victorian era. He first appeared in Music Hall at the age of 15. In 1888 he changed his stage name from Will Conray to Harry Champion and with a wide repertoire of songs, many of them sung at breakneck speed, he became one of the Music Hall's most successful artists. Many of Harry Champion's songs are still well known today and include "Any Old Iron", "Boiled Beef and Carrots" and "I'm Henery the Eighth I am".
What few people realise however is that Harry Champion spent most of his life in Tottenham and in 1918 his address was given as 'Ascot Lodge' 520 West Green Road. He later moved to 161 Great Cambridge Road, Tottenham, this being his address at the time of his death in 1942.
Many sources, not least of all Champion himself, confirm his long standing connection with the cab/taxi business, which seems to have continued well into the 1930's and possibly involved his relations. His son William Henry Crump, who acted as executor of his will in 1942, was described then as a 'Motor Engineer'. We now know that they established 'North London Coaches' in the 1930's but their fleet of vehicles was commandeered by the government at the outbreak of war in 1939
JAMES SMITHSON Born : Paris 1765 - Died  Genoa, Italy 27th June 1829
James Smithson, MA, FRS was an English chemist and mineralogist. Born in Paris as the illegitimate child of Hugh Percy, the 1st Duke of Northumberland. James Smithson is known to have lived at Percy House, Tottenham that was built in the early 1740's by Sir Hugh Smithson (later Percy) the Duke of Northumberland.
James Smithson was never married and had no children. Smithson's will stipulated that his estate be used "to found in Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." 
TALBOT BAINES REED Born : Hackney 3rd April, 1852 - Died  Highgate  28th November 1893
 Though virtually forgotten today, over his relatively short life he was a massively prolific and successful author of Boys’ books and also an acknowledged expert in Typography. He attended the City of London School and one of his close friends was Herbert Asquith who was later to become Prime Minister.
His father was Sir Charles Reed a leading MP and very prominent in Victorian Society. The family lived at Earlsmead House at Page Green in Tottenham. The family had strong connections with the town of Castlerock in Northern Ireland and Talbot B Reed was later to marry Margaret Greer from Castlerock in 1879. Their first home was at Broomfield Villa in Philip Lane Tottenham where two of their children were born.
Sadly Talbot B Reed contracted Tuberculosis early in 1893. He fought his illness bravely and visited his favourite Castlerock one last time before returning to his home in London where he died in November 1893.
HENRY HUNNINGS Born : Tottenham 25th July, 1842 - Died  Southampton 4th May, 1886.
The Hunnings family lived at 516 High Road, Tottenham where William Butters Hunnings had established a ‘Printing and Stationers’ business. Henry Hunnings was the youngest son and took an early interest in photography which he introduced to the family business. Henry was later to leave the business to study to be a clergyman. Between 1874 and 1880 he was the curate at Bolton Percy near York. It was here that he took an interest in telephony and he invented and patented his own telephone transmitter. This later resulted in a long legal battle with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison who contested his patent. However the British Post Office and others went on to adopt Hunnings’ carbon-granule transmitter as their transmitter of choice until it was phased out in the 1980s some one hundred years later. Sadly a combination of ill health, loss of income and stress of court cases caused Henry Hunnings to take his own life at Eling near Southampton in May 1886.
ARTHUR B PURVIS Born : Tottenham 31st March 1890. - Died  Ayr Scotland 14th August 1941..
Arthur Blakie Purvis was born at Linden Road, West Green, Tottenham on the 31st March, 1890 one of two sons and a daughter born to William and Annie Purvis. Arthur Blakie Purvis was educated at St Anne’s School and later Tottenham Grammar School. At the age of 20 he joined Nobel's Explosives Co of Glasgow, which became part of Imperial Chemical Industries of London.
During WW1 Arthur B. Purvis was responsible for the purchase of materials for explosives in America. After the war it was as an employee of ICI that Purvis was sent to Canada to be President and Managing Director of Canadian Industries Ltd, one of Canada's most technologically advanced companies.
During the inter-war years Arthur B Purvis pursued a very successful business career. He became President of Canadian Industries Ltd and was a member of many boards.
At the outbreak of World War II, Arthur B. Purvis was appointed by the British Government to be Director-General of the British Purchasing Committee which was charged with buying war supplies from the United States. In 1941, he was made Chairman of the British Supply Council in North America, having overall responsibility over all British war purchases in the United States.
Tragically Arthur B. Purvis was killed in an air-crash on the 14th August 1941, when his plane crashed shortly after taking off from RAF Heathfield in Scotland. Following his death it was reported that President Roosevelt said of him “I have lost a Friend”. On his death, Winston Churchill wrote that “Purvis was a grievous loss, as he held so many British, American and Canadian threads in his hands”.
WALTER HOW Born : Bermondsey, London 25th December, 1885. - Died  Tottenham 5th August ,1972.  

Walter How was born in Bermondsey, London in 1885. He went to sea at the age of 12 and served on many sailing ships and was later chosen as an Able Seaman for 'The Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition' aboard the ‘Endurance’ led by Sir Ernest Shackleton which took place from 1914-1917. Their objective was to be the first group to cross the Antarctic continent on land after having reached it onboard the Endurance ship via the Weddell Sea. Unfortunately, the ship was beset by ice at sea, near Vahsel Bay, and it eventually crushed before sinking.

The men spent months on makeshift camps before finally reaching the uninhabited Elephant Island. From here, Shackleton and five crew members made an open boat, 800 mile journey to South Georgia to get help one of the most heroic rescue attempts known to man. Thankfully, all the crew returned to England, safe and sound.

Walter How was later to live at Birkbeck Road Tottenham for the rest of his life. The involvement of a Tottenham man in this famous expedition was recognized by Cllr Douglas Clark who was Mayor of Haringey in 1973.
PRISCILLA WAKEFIELD Born :Tottenham 31st January, 1751. - Died  Ipswich 12th September, 1832..
Priscilla Wakefield (nee Bell) was born in Tottenham on the 31st January 1751 and was the eldest daughter of Daniel and Catherine Bell of Stamford Hill.
Priscilla was married in January 1771 to Edward Wakefield (1750-1826) who was a prominent London merchant. They were to have two sons Edward and Daniel and a daughter Isabella.
Priscilla Wakefield was a devout Quaker and very successful business woman who also became prominent for her philanthropic undertakings. She was one of the earliest promotors of savings banks. It was however as writer of children’s books that she became most widely known. Priscilla Wakefield also had a considerable knowledge of botany and natural history and published many books between 1796 until her death in 1832. It has been suggested that being a Quaker was an important part of her life and clearly this influenced many of her stories relating to children’s education, the female sex and the introduction to natural history.
Priscilla Wakefield was also the Aunt of Elizabeth Fry (nee Gurney -daughter of her sister Catherine Bell) the well-known prison reformer. Priscilla Wakefield and her niece Elizabeth Fry were involved in creating training schools for nurses which inspired none other than Florence Nightingale to assist wounded soldiers in the Crimean war.
Five of Priscilla Wakefield’s grandsons were later to become prominent in the colonisation of both Australia and New Zealand. These members of the Wakefield family were later to become very prominent in early New Zealand politics and became known as the ‘Wakefieldites’. In the very first New Zealand Parliament established in 1854 there were two if not three members of the Wakefield family elected.
BENJAMIN WINDUS Born : Bishopsgate, London 15th January, 1790  - Died  Tottenham 8th July, 1867.

Benjamin Godfrey Windus was born in Bishopsgate, London on 15th January 1790 the son of Edward William and Mary Windus. The Windus family were well known as makers of high class carriages and harness makers. Benjamin Windus’s inheritance was not solely derived from his family’s coach-building business. His mother’s father, Benjamin Godfrey, had built up a fortune making and selling ‘Godfrey’s Cordial’, a mixture of opium, treacle and spices which was marketed all over the country.
Benjamin Windus inherited from his father in 1832 a ‘unique and elegant cottage residence’, or as John Ruskin was later to call it, a ‘cheerful little villa’ in Tottenham located close to Tottenham Green. One of his first actions on moving in was to add a library to the side of the house where he shelved his books and displayed his growing collection of pictures. Benjamin Windus was well known as a leading art collector of his time, with a large and important collection of Turner watercolours and David Wilkie drawings amongst his collection. He was also a supporter of the Pre-Raphaelites and had many paintings by Millais, Holman Hunt and Rossetti’s tutor Ford Maddox Brown.
A regular visor to the home of Benjamin Windus was the artist John Ruskin who would immerse himself in the Windus collection. However by far the most prominent of visitors to the house on Tottenham Green was J.M.W Turner and Benjamin Windus was an avid collector of his works.
Following his death in 1867 the collection of works of arts and antiquities of B.G Windus were auctioned in London by Christies. When looking at the extensive list of items that were made available for auction it is hard to imagine just how much they would be worth today. A memorial to Benjamin Windus and his first wife Mary can be found in Holy Trinity Church.


Resident of Tottenham  - 1861 -1883

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In September 1861 a quiet scholarly man retired to a house in West Green Road, close to Black Boy Lane. His name was Louis Lucien Bonaparte (Born 1813) and he bore a strong resemblance to the great Napoleon, who was his uncle. Lucien spent most of his life in literary pursuits. In 1883 Queen Victoria recognised his literary services with the grant of a pension. He took a house in Bayswater where he had a large library and a collection of Napoleonic relics. Ill health took him back to Italy where he died in Nov 1891


Born  Percival Albert Perrin -Stoke Newington 1876 - Died Norfolk 1945

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Percy Perrin, often known as Peter, was one of the leading cricketers in England in the Edwardian ‘Golden Age’ of amateur cricket. Percy’s family moved to Tottenham in 1878 where they were very successful Publicans. They ran the ‘White Hart’ at Tottenham Hale and later ‘The Bull’ in Tottenham High Road. The Perrin’s were evidently very successful in the pub business and later in property because they were able to pay for the education of their two sons.
In 1892, during the school holidays, he started to play cricket for Tottenham Cricket Club. In 1895 Percy broke several Tottenham batting records, and his performances came to the attention of Essex County Club, then based at Leyton. In his career as a county cricketer Percy played more matches, 496, in the County Championship than any other amateur. He was a hard hitting right hander he scored more Championship runs, 27,703, than any other Essex player, including Graham Gooch. At Chesterfield in 1904, he scored the first first-class triple century in the twentieth century, 343 not out, setting an Essex record which has lasted a hundred years. Shortly before he stopped playing cricket for Essex, Percy became a Test match selector. He remained a member of the Test selection committee for ten years, alongside the likes of Lord Hawke and Sir Stanley Jackson. Percy Perrin died at Hickling Broad, Norfolk just after the end of the Second World War, when his estate was valued at £5 million at 2005 prices.
 NEW  CHRIS CROSS (ALLEN) Born  Chris Allen -Tottenham - 14th July 1952

Chris Cross (born Christopher Thomas Allen, 14 July 1952, Tottenham, North London.is an English musician, best known as the bass guitarist in the new-wave band Ultravox. ,
Cross went to Belmont Secondary Modern School, William Forster Comprehensive. He began his music career playing in different bands, in Tottenham, North London with his major early influences being Small Faces, Desmond Dekker, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Chris Cross's distinctive grey bass is an Ibanez RoadStar from the early 1980s; this bass has been used on many of Ultravox's albums and was Cross' primary instrument during the first stage of the 'Return to Eden' Tour in 2009
 NEW  MARTIN BENSON Born  Martin Benjamin Benson - East London -10th August 1918.  Died 28th February 2010
Martin Benson was born in the East End of London, into a Jewish family, the son of a Russian-Jewish grocer and his Polish-Jewish wife who had left Russia at the revolution. After attending Tottenham Grammar School on a scholarship, he served in the 2nd Searchlight, Royal Artillery, during World War II. Stationed in Cairo, Egypt, he and Arthur Lowe founded the repertory company Mercury Theatre in Alexandria.

He was a British character actor who appeared in films, theatre and television. He appeared in both British and Hollywood productions.

He is remembered for his role as the Kralaholme in the original London production of The King and I, a role he recreated in the Oscar-winning film version.

Appearing in films for over six decades, Benson played mostly supporting characters or villains. His films include The Blind Goddess (1948), Wheel of Fate (1953), Interpol (1957), The Strange World of Planet X (1958), Once More, with Feeling! (1959), Exodus (1960), Five Golden Hours (1961), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Pope Joan (1972), The Sea Wolves (1980) and Angela's Ashes (1999).

He also had an uncredited role in MGM's hit historical film, Ivanhoe, and in 1963 he acted in another historic film, as Ramos in Cleopatra (which also starred Elizabeth Taylor). Benson played both serious roles, such as Ali in Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959) and comic roles, such as Maurice in A Shot in the Dark. In 1964, he appeared as Mr. Solo, the gangster who is killed by Goldfinger's henchman Oddjob in the James Bond film Goldfinger.



Born Tottenham 1st December 1932 – Screenwriter and script editor
Including Stingray, Thunderbirds, Doctor Who, Avengers, Bergerac, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased among many others.
LEONARD LEWIS Born Tottenham 29th November 1927 –Producer & Director credits include EastEnders, Flambards, When the Boat Comes In, Softly Softly, Juliet Bravo among many others
MARK ALLEYNE Born Tottenham 23rd May 1968 – Cricketer Gloucestershire. Played a few one-day internationals for England. Awarded MBE in 2004 for services to Cricket.
REUBEN MARTIN Born Tottenham 1921 - Bodybuilder and weightlifter and former Mr Universe.  Reuben also featured in many films including several of the 'Carry On' series when he played the part of a Gorilla.  Reuben died December 1993.
JEAN BAYLISS Born Tottenham   A musical actress, Jean once lived in Arnold Road Tottenham and attended the Italia Conti stage school as a child and she went on to perform in many West End musicals. Jean was to star as 'Maria' in the original West End production of the 'The Sound of Music' when it premiered in London in 1961. She was later to gather some television fame when she played the part of  Mrs Cunningham in the notorious ITV series Crossroads
THOMAS HODGKIN Born Tottenham 1798 - Physician and pathologist . Studied at Edinburgh University. Best known for his description of the disease causing enlargement of the spleen, liver and lymph nodes, later named Hodgkin’s disease. Pioneer of preventive medicine. Wrote the two volumed work entitled The Morbid Anatomy of Serous and Mucous Membranes which became a classic in modern pathology


Article Created - Alan Swain - February 2010

Updated Aug 2010 -  Geoff Love - Mike Reid - Reuben Martin - Jean Bayliss

Updated December 2011 - William Hobson and Arnold Lynch

Updated January 2012 - Joseph Silk

Updated February 2012 - Adele (Adkins)

Updated 2013 - Laurence Payne - Mike & Bernie Winters

Updated July 2014 Arnold Lucy

Updated - February 2015 - Brian Hanrahan

Updated - August  2018 - James Smithson-Talbot Baines Reed- Henry Hunnings - Arthur Blaikie Purvis -Walter How- Priscilla Wakefield - Benjamin Godfrey Windus  

Updated - December 2021 -  Bobby Buckle - Chris Cross - Martin Benson

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