Fortis Green

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How Fortis Green got its name is not clear.

’Fortis’ suggests a place before something, but the ’something’ is obscure. It appears in 1558 when it was considered part of Finchley Common. The green may simply have been a gap in woods and ran as far as where Muswell Hill Odeon is today.

Even into the 20th century Coldfall Woods came as far south as the present back fences of the houses on the north side of the road.

On a map of 1754, Cherry Tree Woods (then Dirt House Woods) to the south had been cleared and the land enclosed with at least two large houses. More houses were built along the road from the beginning of the 19th century.

By the middle part of the 19th century there were about 60 houses, mostly belonging to labourers, which had been erected on the green between the woods and the road.

The National Freehold Land society developed what had been Haswell Park into southern, eastern, and western Roads after 1852, with 180 plots, but development was slow. However, by 1913 the whole of the area south of the road had been developed as we see it today.

In the interwar period, the northern sections were developed at the expense of Coldfall woods, but even by 1936 much of the wood was still standing, with only the remaining northern sections being kept as a recreational area.

From about 1843 until 1888 there was a brewery owned by the Green family, which was latterly taken over by Inn Coop, finally closing in 1902. The police station was opened the same year.

The naturalist William B Tegetmeier lived in the area. Possibly the most important residents were Ray and Dave Davies (of the 1960s band, The Kinks), who were brought up at 6 Denmark Terrace, and had their first performance at the Clissold Arms.

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Brook Road:   Brook Walk is a pathway through the St Pancras and Islington Cemetery.
Coldfall Primary School:   Coldfall Primary School lies at the end of Coldfall Avenue.
Coldfall Wood:   Coldfall Wood is an ancient woodland covering approximately 14 hectares.
Coppetts Wood Primary School and Children’s Centre:   Coppetts Wood Primary School and Children’s Centre opened in 2008.
Eden Primary:   Eden Primary accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Fortismere School:   Fortismere School is a comprehensive school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
High View Road:   Named pathway through the St Pancras and Islington Cemetery.
Highgate Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Highgate Wood:   
Jordan Hill:   Named pathway through the St Pancras and Islington Cemetery.
Muswell Hill Sports Ground:   
Tetherdown Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Treehouse School:   Non-maintained special school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 19.
Woodstar School:   The Woodstar School is an independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.

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