ganswthy.jpg (330701 bytes)Muswell Hill's Vanishing Heritage
is being kept alive - in postcard form - thanks to the efforts of retired head teacher Hugh Garnsworthy.

Mr Garnsworthy, vice-chairman of Hornsey Historical Society, who lives in Coniston Road, Muswell Hill, became interested in collecting postcards because he wanted to capture "the lovely place Muswell Hill was before the motor car came"

He started his collection of postcards of Muswell Hill, Hornsey and Highgate, as well as the area of Wales where he grew up, 12 years ago when he retired.

The collection includes pictures of the now demolished St Xavier's Church in Alexandra Park Road, taken in 1903, as well as the former Alexandra Palace roller skating rink when it was used during World War One for Belgian refugees, and Alexandra Park racecourse at the turn of the century.

Mr Garnsworthy, 63, came to London in 1957 to teach in Hornsey and was deputy head at St James's school in Muswell Hill from 1964 until 1971.

He travels to postcard fairs all over the country, and even organises his holidays around them.

Mr Garnsworthy gave an illustrated talk, entitled Vanishing Muswell Hill, on January 18th  at Alexander Park Library in Alexandra Park Road.