February 2013 Meeting: Bruce Castle

We were delighted to have welcomed Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum as our guest speaker to our February meeting. Deborah gave us a very informative short history of the house and grounds including many photographs of the present condition and lots from the museum archives, Bruce Castle is now a Grade 1 listed building and houses the London borough of Haringey’s archives and local history museum.

If you didn’t know already Bruce Castle is a 16th century manor house in Tottenham once known as ‘Lordship House’. The name Bruce dates back to medieval times when Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland owned land in England! It has been owned by many people over the centuries including the Hills family who were greatly into teaching learning and opened up a school for boys on the premises in the early 19th century. Rowland Hill was responsible for introducing the Penny Black postage stamp and the Penny Post system. There is a life size statue of Rowland Hill in the Museum The museum houses many works of art and objets d’art and has a detailed account of local history.