Green Lanes (London)
Green Lanes, London, (N16, N4, N8, N13 and N21) is a main road in North London and forms part of the A105. At approximately 7.5 miles (12.07 km) from end to end, it is one of the longest streets in the capital.
Green Lanes is an ancient thoroughfare, originally a drovers' road along which cattle were walked from Hertfordshire towards Smithfield Market in London. It runs from Newington Green north along the western edge of Stoke Newington, thereby forming the border between Hackney and Islington, until it reaches Manor House at the eastern edge of Finsbury Park. It then runs through Harringay and ends at the junction of Turnpike Lane. Some sections of its route carry other names: the late Victorian terraced mansion houses on the eastern side of the road through Harringay are called "Grand Parade", and through Wood Green Green Lanes has been renamed "High Road" but it becomes Green Lanes once again for another 2.15 miles through Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill in the London Borough of Enfield, until it reaches the junction with Ridge Avenue and Green Dragon Lane at Mason's Corner. (The northward continuation into Bush Hill at this point is now blocked – there is a bus-turning lane there.)
Amongst the sights along its route, aside from those mentioned above, are Clissold Park, The Waterworks, the New River (which follows a roughly parallel course for some distance), Railway Fields Nature Reserve, the Salisbury Public House erected in 1897 with its crown to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, and Turnpike Lane Underground Station. In Harringay, there are also the sites of the now demolished eponymous Stadium and Arena.
Many immigrant communities have settled along Green Lanes. Some sections are host to sizeable commercial or residential populations of Greeks, Turks, Cypriots, Kurds and Jamaicans. (See Turkish community of London, Greeks in the United Kingdom, British Cypriots, Kurds in the United Kingdom, and British Jamaican respectively.). Due to the large Greek and Cypriot communities, Palmers Green is occasionally known as Palmers Greek.
Neighbourhoods sited on Green Lanes, from North to South:
- Winchmore Hill
- Palmers Green
- Wood Green
- Turnpike Lane
- Harringay (including Finsbury Park)
- Manor House
- Clissold Park
- Newington Green
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