Wood Green

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Template:Other places Template:Infobox UK place Wood Green is a district in north London, England, located in the London Borough of Haringey. It is situated Template:Convert north of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of the metropolitan centres in Greater London.<ref name=london_plan_f08>Template:Cite web</ref>


Template:Unreferenced section In the latter half of the 19th century and before urbanisation Wood Green was part of Tottenham and covered by woodland called Tottenham Wood, hence the original name of the area, Tottenham Wood Green.


Template:Main In 1894 Wood Green was created as an urban district, and later a municipal borough, of Middlesex. In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, the Municipal Borough of Wood Green was abolished and its area merged with that of the Municipal Borough of Tottenham and the Municipal Borough of Hornsey to form the present-day London Borough of Haringey.

The constituency of Wood Green was created in 1918, and existed until 1983, when it was split. Some of the constituency was transferred to the neighbouring seat of Tottenham, but most was merged with the Hornsey parliamentary constituency to form the Hornsey and Wood Green parliamentary constituency. Since 2005, the seat has been represented in the House of Commons by the Liberal Democrat MP, Lynne Featherstone.


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There are no Streets in Wood Green (only Roads, Avenues, Closes etc.).


Wood Green is a busy urban activity centre with a sizeable shopping area with two cinemas, bars, nightclubs, numerous restaurants and cafes and a shopping area, The Mall, close to the tube station. The High Road, the main shopping spine, is part of Green Lanes and stretches from the Wood Green tube station to the next stop on the Piccadilly Line, Turnpike Lane, and is lined with shops along its route.

The Chocolate Factory was set up by Haringey Arts Council in 1996 to develop artists' studios, and now has a second building. The project houses 200 local artists, music, film and multi media studios, photographic studios, and several performing arts organisations.


Template:Unreferenced section The nearby Alexandra Palace played a leading role in the development of public service television in the UK. Wood Green also played its part in the history of commercial television.

In November 1936, the BBC opened its TV service at Alexandra Palace and in 1955 with the opening of Lew Grade's London weekend franchise Associated Television (ATV), The Wood Green Empire in Lymington Avenue was home to variety programmes on Independent Television (ITV), one of which was The Arthur Haynes Show, starring the host himself and his straight man Nicholas Parsons.

Only the frontage of The Wood Green Empire exists, it is now a branch of the Halifax, and all that is left of the BBC TV at Alexandra Palace is the familiar TV mast. The ATV operations moved to Elstree and Borehamwood (now BBC studios) and the BBC News department, which was the only unit remaining at 'Ally Pally' after BBC Television Centre was opened in the 1950s, moved to White City, west London in September 1969. The Alexandra Palace was then used for the production of joint BBC/Open University (OU) programmes for a while, but all OU programmes are now produced in Milton Keynes where the OU's headquarters are located.

The now-demolished bus depot at Wood Green was used for location filming by London Weekend Television for their popular 1970s situation comedy On The Buses.Template:Citation needed



London Underground

Wood Green tube station is on Wood Green High Road with Bounds Green tube station to the north of the area and Turnpike Lane tube station to the south, all are on the Piccadilly Line.


Alexandra Palace, formerly known as "Wood Green for Alexandra Park", is on the East Coast Main Line. It has services in to Kings Cross and Moorgate and out to Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. Bowes Park serves the Hertford Loop Line branch of the East Coast Main Line. Until the 1960s, a branch line of the former Great Eastern Railway network crossed the Wood Green High Road, at a station called Noel Park, providing connections to Stratford and North Woolwich.


A bus station is located at Turnpike Lane, there are also many buses that stop outside Wood Green tube station. It is the starting place of many bus routes including the 29 to Trafalgar Square.


For details of education in Wood Green see the London Borough of Haringey article.


  • Noel Park Primary
  • Alexandra Primary
  • Earlham Primary
  • Lordship Lane Primary
  • Nightingale Primary
  • St.Michael's C of E Primary
  • St.Pauls RC Primary
  • Rhodes Avenue
  • North Harringay Primary School


  • Heartlands High School
  • Alexandra Park School
  • St Thomas More Catholic School
  • Woodside High School


Middlesex University has a halls of residence for 161 students in Wood Green.


Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, a drama school located in Wood Green.

Dame Judi Dench is President of the school.


London Skolars are a rugby league team that compete in National League 2, playing at New River Stadium in Wood Green. The annual Middlesex 9s rugby league tournament also takes place at the New River Stadium.

Public services

London Ambulance Service responds to medical emergencies in Wood Green. Home Office policing in Wood Green is provided by the Metropolitan Police Service, which has a station on the High Road. Statutory emergency fire service is provided by the London Fire Brigade. Wood Green Crown Court is on Lordship Lane.

Notable people

See Category:People from Wood Green

Notable appearances

  • Nick Hornby's book, High Fidelity
  • Razorlight' s song "Los Angeles Waltz"
  • Mark Knopfler's song "Junkie Doll"
  • Pablo Gad's song "Black Before Creation"
  • Sway DaSafo's song "Up Your Speed"
  • Juan Maria Solare's composition "Woodgreen Walk" for Horn and Cello, 2011



External links

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