Monthly Archives: November 2014

Who could possibly survive the bedsit outhouses off Vincent Road, West Green?

At the beginning of the 21st Century when I rather naively set about looking for a cheap one bedroom flat in Tottenham. I remember visiting Star Estates on West Green Road, who took me around the back of their building into a courtyard, across which was strewn old bits of carpet and masonry. At the […]

In Sky City, Wood Green, drug addicts are found dead in lifts and beaten women are left to rot to death

In Sky City, Wood Green, drug addicts are found in lifts and beaten women are left to rot to death. In 2006, Haringey Council rent collectors broke down the front door to a bedsit in a housing complex above Wood Green Shopping Centre, and found Joyce Vincent, a woman in her thirties, of Carribean and […]

How could London Metropolitan Police not regard the death of Joyce Vincent as suspicious?

In 2006, Haringey Council rent collectors broke down the front door to a bedsit in a housing complex above Wood Green Shopping Centre, and found Joyce Vincent, a woman in her thirties, of Carribean and Indian descent, born in west London, and bred on Fulham Palace Road, sat on a sofa, just returned with the […]

Why have Joyce Vincent’s family not commented on the reasons for her neglect and death?

In 2006, Haringey Council rent collectors broke down the front door to a bedsit in a housing complex above Wood Green Shopping Centre, and found Joyce Vincent, a woman in her thirties, of Carribean and Indian descent, born in west London, and bred on Fulham Palace Road, sat on a sofa, just returned with the […]

The English working classes of Somers Town feel lost and lonely, strangers in their own land

In the northern parts of Somers Town, amongst the several pubs which act as their totems and meeting points, the English working classes can be found. A man leans out from his balcony in a string vest and smokes a fag. St George’s flags hang from pub and flat windows; signs of a community experiencing […]

In Somers Town a French Protestant ended up building a whole urban village to accommodate those very Catholics who had pursued the sorry asses of his ilk a century before

Somers Town’s existence has endured two hundred and fifty years and was initially linked to the political and religious upheavals taking place in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the late seventeenth century whilst Somers Town was pastoral land used for dog fighting and bull baiting, in France, Catholic King Louis XIV outlawed […]

Missionaries in Somers Town

Somers Town, being neglected and poor, with inhabitants distressed by overcrowding, domestic and street violence, attracts missionaries, who intend to save the people of Somers Town. Two stand out in particular. Social housing schemes established in the early twentieth century Father Basil Lee Jellicoe, a clergyman in the Church of England, made it his mission […]