Let’s move to Tottenham
World famous for its Premier League football club, Tottenham is becoming a ‘hotspot’ as more and more people look to buy property in North London.
Best known for football and riots Tottenham is now undergoing a major metamorphosis, driven by its local authority as the regeneration scheme involves vibrant, attractive and sustainable neighborhoods and heritage restoration of 28 historic buildings in North Tottenham.
Until recently, Tottenham remained undiscovered by property hunters. But as house prices in the trendier spots shot through the roof, buyers began to realize that the area offered some relative bargains.
While billions of pounds worth of regeneration money is being spent on new homes and facilities, Tottenham for the time being is still one of the cheapest postcodes in London and as the process of regeneration proceeds and the house prices are still low, now is the right time to buy a house in the area before the prices go sky-high.
Today the average property value of the area is £463,861, while property price ranges from £275,000 to £975,000.
Tottenham’s renaissance was driven by investment in education and economic growth, which enabled it to strengthen its commitment to the arts and culture. Now it has great parks, museums, and a high number of strongly built Victorian houses as well as iconic modern developments such as Hale Village.
On the side, Tottenham has excellent transport links to the City and West End as well as the Stansted Express to London Stansted Airport.
Tottenhams Early History
There has been a settlement at Tottenham for over a thousand years. It grew up along the old Roman road, Ermine Street (some of which is part of the present A10 road), and between High Cross and Tottenham Hale, the present Monument Way.
When the Domesday Book was compiled in 1086, about 70 families lived within the area of the manor, mostly labourers working for the Lord of the Manor. A humorous poem entitled the Tournament of Tottenham, written around 1400, describes a mock-battle between peasants vying for the reeve’s daughter.
In 1894, Tottenham was made an urban district and on 27 September 1934 it became a municipal borough. As from 1 April 1965, the municipal borough formed part of the London Borough of Haringey.
The River Lea (or Lee) was the eastern boundary between the Municipal Boroughs of Tottenham and Walthamstow. It is the ancient boundary between Middlesex and Essex and also formed the western boundary of the Viking controlled Danelaw. Today it is the boundary between the London Boroughs of Haringey and Waltham Forest. A major tributary of the Lea, the River Moselle, also crosses the borough from west to east, and often caused serious flooding until it was mostly covered in the 19th century.
From the Tudor period onwards, Tottenham became a popular recreation and leisure destination for wealthy Londoners. Henry VIII is known to have visited Bruce Castle and also hunted in Tottenham Wood. A rural Tottenham also featured in Izaak Walton’s book The Compleat Angler, published in 1653.The area became noted for its large Quaker population and its schools (including Rowland Hill’s at Bruce Castle. Tottenham remained a semi-rural and upper middle class area until the 1870s.