Manor House

Manor House, Hackney/Haringey

A London Underground station, and by extension its immediate vicinity, located at the easternmost corner of Finsbury Park

Manor House station interior

Before the cre­ation of Sev­en Sis­ters Road, and thus of the cross­roads, this was the site of a toll­gate on Green Lanes. The Manor Tav­ern, lat­er the Manor House, was built here in 1832 by Thomas Wid­dows of Church Street, Stoke New­ing­ton, who was alleged­ly “a most las­civ­i­ous old fel­low.”

The pub­lic house had a licensed con­cert room from 1852 and boast­ed of a brief vis­it by Queen Vic­to­ria. For sev­er­al years it was the meet­ing place for the Stoke New­ing­ton vestry.

In 1931 the immi­nent arrival of the Pic­cadil­ly line prompt­ed the widen­ing of the cross­roads and the demo­li­tion of the old pub, which was then rebuilt in its present form.

Manor House pub sign: 'Rebuilt 1931'
Manor House pub sign

The station’s sub­sur­face lay­out was by Charles Hold­en, who was respon­si­ble for much of the archi­tec­ture on the extend­ed Pic­cadil­ly line.

Opened in 1932, Manor House is the only one of Holden’s sta­tions that does not include struc­tures at street lev­el, though the large book­ing hall (shown in the pho­to­graph above) broke new ground in assist­ing pas­sen­ger flow; Hold­en described it as “an exper­i­ment in stream­lined plan­ning.”

The sta­tion gave Hack­ney its first tube con­nec­tion, albeit at a remote cor­ner of the bor­ough, and this was a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the Lon­don Coun­ty Council’s deci­sion to com­pul­so­ri­ly pur­chase a great swathe of land here for the con­struc­tion of the Wood­ber­ry Down estate. The out­break of war halt­ed the estate’s devel­op­ment, which was not final­ly com­plet­ed until 1962.

The Manor House pub, which had been under­go­ing a steady decline, closed at the end of the last cen­tu­ry and an organ­i­cal­ly inclined food­store present­ly occu­pies most of the ground floor.

The Rolling Stones played weekly gigs at the Manor House in February and March 1963, when the pub hosted the Harringay Jazz Club. Shortly before its closure Bill Wyman commented that the Manor House was “about the only old Stones venue that still exists” from the band’s early days. The Who also performed at the Manor House, in 1965.

Postal district: N4
Station: Piccadilly line (zones 2 and 3)


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