Noel Park in north London is a planned community designed by Rowland
Plumbe in the late 19th century, consisting of 2,200 model dwellings. It
was developed in open countryside to the north of London between the
historic villages of Highgate and Tottenham by the Artizans, Labourers &
General Dwellings Company. One of the earliest garden suburbs in the
world, it provided affordable housing for working-class families wishing
to leave the inner city. Every property had a front and rear garden, and
it was close enough to the rail network to allow its residents to
commute to work. In line with the principles of the company’s founder,
William Austin, it had no pubs, and there are still none today. As a
result of London’s rapid expansion during the early 20th century, and
particularly after the London Underground was extended to the area in
1932, Noel Park was surrounded by later developments. In 1965, it was
incorporated into the newly created London Borough of Haringey. Despite
damage during World War II and demolition work during the construction
of Wood Green Shopping City in the 1970s, it remains largely
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Napoleonic Wars: The War of the Fifth Coalition began when
Austria invaded Bavaria.
Big Ben, the bell in the Palace of Westminster’s clock tower in
London, was cast after the original bell had cracked during testing.
The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first
The Holocaust: Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escaped from
Auschwitz; their report was one of the earliest and most detailed
descriptions of the mass killings in the camp.
Nagorno-Karabakh War: At least 40 Armenian civilians were
massacred in Maraga, Azerbaijan.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. (historical, Scotland) An ancient divination method of the Highland
Scots involving animal sacrifice.
2. A method of divination involving sewing a person into the hide of a
freshly-killed ox which was then placed beside a waterfall or other
desolate place, to enable the person to foresee the outcome of an
impending battle; the oracle of the hide.
3. A method of divination in which cats were roasted alive to call up the
spirit of the demon cat who would grant the wishes of the torturers.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure
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