Municipal Borough of Tottenham

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Tottenham town hall 1.jpg
Tottenham within Middlesex in 1961
 • 18943,014 acres (12.2 km2)
 • 19653,012 acres (12.2 km2)
 • 1901102,703
 • 1961113,249
 • Created1850
 • Abolished1965
 • Succeeded byLondon Borough of Haringey
StatusLocal board (1850 – 1894)
Urban district (1894 – 1934)
Municipal borough (after 1934)
 • HQTottenham
 • MottoDo well and doubt not

Tottenham (/ˈtɒtənəm/)[1][2] was a local government district in north east Middlesex from 1850 to 1965. It was part of the London postal district and Metropolitan Police District.


In 1850 a local board of health was established for the civil parish of Tottenham and in 1875 the local board became an urban sanitary authority, without change of name. The ancient parish had included Wood Green[3] and in 1888 the district was divided, with Wood Green gaining its own local board.

The sanitary district was reconstituted as an urban district in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894 and Wood Green was removed from the parish.[3] In 1934 the urban district was incorporated as a municipal borough.[4] In 1965, the municipal borough was abolished and its former area transferred to Greater London under the London Government Act 1963 to be combined with that of other districts to form the present-day London Borough of Haringey.

Coat of arms[edit]

Tottenham was granted a coat of arms on 13 September 1934. The arms was: "Gules a saltire couped or on a chief indented of the last a helm sable between two billets azure each charged with an estoile of the second." The crest was: "Issuant from a mural crown or a demi-lion gules supporting a seax (sword) argent pomelled and hilted or". The supporters were: "On either side a lion reguardant gules gorged with a mural crown pendant therefrom by a chain or a roundel; the dexter ermine and the sinister or, charged with a maunch also gules. The motto was "Do well and doubt not".[5]


  1. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180
  2. ^ Roach, Peter (2011), Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (18th ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521152532
  3. ^ a b Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Tottenham parish (historic map). Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  4. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Tottenham UD/MB. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  5. ^ "Tottenham Coat of Arms". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 30 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 51°35′31″N 0°04′19″W / 51.592°N 0.072°W / 51.592; -0.072