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Tottenham Hale
Building construction at Tottenham Hale, Haringey 4.jpg
Building construction at Tottenham Hale, March 2020
Tottenham Hale is located in Greater London
Tottenham Hale
Tottenham Hale
Location within Greater London
Population15,064 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ345895
• Charing Cross6.1 mi (9.8 km) SSW
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtN15, N17
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°35′17″N 0°03′36″W / 51.588°N 0.060°W / 51.588; -0.060Coordinates: 51°35′17″N 0°03′36″W / 51.588°N 0.060°W / 51.588; -0.060

Tottenham Hale is a district of north London and part of the London Borough of Haringey, bounded by the River Lea and located to the south/south-east of Tottenham proper. From 1850 to 1965, it was part of the Municipal Borough of Tottenham, in Middlesex.

The area is currently undergoing major regeneration.[2]


Tottenham Hale takes its name from the old English word Hale (to hoist or pull), as goods (particularly timber) were unloaded from the River Lea for onward transport by road at this point.

Character of the area[edit]

The River Lea as it flows through Tottenham Hale and past Heron Wharf.

Centred around Tottenham Hale station the area was formerly largely industrial in character with an emphasis on timber related products. The industrial sites have become large residential areas and a retail park. The retail park was looted and set alight in the 2011 England riots.[3] Since then there have been a large-scale housing project constructed,[4] and Haringey Council has formulated plans to redevelop the area.[5]

The east of Tottenham Hale borders the London Borough of Waltham Forest and the Walthamstow Reservoirs including the Walthamstow Wetlands. The River Lea runs through the east of Tottenham Hale. This includes the Tottenham Lock and the Pymmes Brook merging with the river. Surrounding these are a series of residential areas: Hale Village, the Ferry Lane Estate, Heron Wharf and the under construction Hale Wharf development.

Hale Village's design is based on Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tottenham Hale is currently part of a major regeneration programme, which includes £1 billion of development investment, backed by Haringey Council and the GLA.[6]


The district is represented by the Tottenham Hale ward in the London Borough of Haringey. In the 2011 census the ward counted a population of 17,300.[7] The largest ethnic group was Other White, 22%, followed by 18% White British, 16% Black African and 13% Black Caribbean.[8] The median age as of 2013 was 29 years. The life expectancy was 78.1 years for males and 84.0 years for females. The median house price as of 2014 was £251,500, compared to £326,500 in the Tottenham Green ward. A majority (54.4%) of homes in the ward were flats/apartments/maisonettes.[7]


The nearby Walthamstow Reservoirs and River Lea support a variety of waterfowl including herons, geese, swans, moorhens and coots.

The Walthamstow Reservoirs was awarded a Heritage Lottery grant, funding their development into Europe's largest Urban Wetland Park.

The Paddocks Nature Park provides a nesting site for birds such as song thrush, blackbird and various warblers. Weasels and hedgehogs as well as bats reside in the park.


Tottenham Hale Retail Park[edit]

Entrance to the retail park
Inside the retail park

Tottenham Hale Retail Park is a major 22 acres (8.9 ha) retail park located adjacent to the local tube station on Ferry Lane.[9] The site has a total retail space of 200,000 square feet, and is occupied by retailers including Argos, JD Sports, TK Maxx, PC World, Asda and Costa.[10]


The following companies are or have been located in the Tottenham Hale area:

Name Dates Notes
Hale Motors/ The Ray Powell Group   Rootes/Chrysler Main Dealers, 1970s.
Cannon Automotive   Makers of rubber car mats etc.
Gestetner   It was formerly the location of the Gestetner duplicating machine factory, opened in 1906 and growing to be the largest duplicator manufacturer in the world, employing around 6,000 people until the 1970s.
Eagle Pencils (later Berol) 1910 to the 1990s  
John Dickinson & Co. Ltd. 1903 The envelope manufacturer Millington & Sons Ltd. (est. 1824) moved their main factory in Southwark and its subsidiary factory in Banner Street to a new premises in Crown Works, Tottenham. The company was the most powerful competitor of John Dickinson & Co. Ltd. until it was bought by Dickinson in 1918. Millington was run by John Dickinson & Co. as an independent subsidiary until 1931, when it was integrated the Dickinson organisation. The Basildon Bond brand of stationery was created by Millington and Sons in 1911.[11]
English Abrasives   Abrasive papers etc.
Harris Lebus 1904 - 1969 At one time this was the largest furniture factory in Europe, employing 8,000 by the late 1930s. During the Second World War the factory produced parts for De Havilland Mosquito aircraft, the Airspeed Horsa attack glider and even false wooden copies of the Sherman tank.[12] The factory featured a large network of air raid shelters, which survived until the site was redeveloped in 2008 for a local mixed-use development.[13]
Greater London Council (GLC) Supplies Department   The site of the 29,000m2 warehouse of the former Greater London Council which provided a centralised purchasing function for the GLC, the Inner London Education Authority and some of the outer London boroughs. This warehouse was on the site of the former Harris Lebus factory on the north side of Ferry Lane and was redeveloped in 2008.
Bally Studios 1989 Rehearsal and Recording studio where Coldplay and Keane both recorded their first EP's when it was known as Sync City. Changed name in 2005, since used by Caribou, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and 800+ more bands.
Beavertown Brewery 2014 Craft Brewery
Pressure Drop 2017 Craft Brewery
Fifth Column Ltd 2014 T-shirt Printing



Tottenham Hale station is on the Victoria line and also has National Rail Abellio Greater Anglia services. This includes the Stansted Express, the West Anglia Main Line and the Lea Valley Lines. The station is also part of the proposed Crossrail 2 project.

The redevelopment of Tottenham Hale bus station was completed in December 2014. The railway and Underground station is currently under redevelopment. Work has begun on installing an extra National Rail track to increase the frequency of services.

The following bus routes serve the bus station: 41, 76, 123, 192, 230, W4, N41 and N73.


  1. ^ "Haringey Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "London's Next Cool Neighbourhood? It's Got to be Tottenham Hale". 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Guardian Newspaper Report". TheGuardian.com. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Tottenham Hale Master Plan
  6. ^ "Tottenham Hale". Tottenham Hale. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Neighbourhood statistics". Office for National Statistics.
  8. ^ "Tottenham Hale - UK Census Data 2011".
  9. ^ "This north London hotspot is tipped to become the next King's Cross". 20 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Tottenham Hale Retail Park, Tottenham".
  11. ^ Room, Adrian (1983). Dictionary of trade name origins. London: Routledge. pp. 37. ISBN 0-7102-0174-5.
  12. ^ Hiller, N, Lebus A Brief History (http://www.harrislebus.com/lebus-a-brief-history/ accessed 21/02/2014)
  13. ^ Suleman, M, Lebus Air Raid Shelters (http://www.harrislebus.com/lebus-air-raid-shelters/ accessed 21/02/2014)