Tottenham Hale

Tottenham Hale
Tottenham Hale
 Tottenham Hale shown within Greater London
Population 15,064 (2011 Census. Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ345895
    Charing Cross 6.1 mi (9.8 km)  SSW
London borough Haringey
Ceremonial county Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N15, N17
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK ParliamentTottenham
London Assembly Enfield and Haringey
List of places

Coordinates: 51°35′18″N 0°03′35″W / 51.588333°N 0.059722°W / 51.588333; -0.059722

Tottenham Hale is a district in the London Borough of Haringey in north London. From 1850–1965, it was part of the Municipal Borough of Tottenham, in Middlesex.


It 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

Centred around Tottenham Hale station the area was largely industrial in character until the development of large residential areas and a retail park. There is a large-scale housing project currently under construction,[2] and Haringey Council is formulating plans to redevelop the area.[3]

The east of Tottenham Hale borders the London Borough of Waltham Forest and the Walthamstow Reservoirs. 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 three main housing areas: Hale Village, the Ferry Lane Estate and Heron Wharf.

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


The largest ethnic group in the 2011 census was Other White, 22%, followed by 18% White British, 16% Black African and 13% Black Caribbean.[4]


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

The Walthamstow Reservoirs have been awarded a Heritage Lottery grant, funding their development into Europe's largest Urban Wetland Park. This is due for completion in 2016.

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.


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  
Dickinsons Stationery    
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.[5] 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.[6]
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.
Beavertown Brewery 2014 Craft Brewery
Fifth Column Ltd 2014 T-Shirt Printing


For details of education in Tottenham Hale see the London Borough of Haringey article.


Tottenham Hale station is on the Victoria line and also has National Rail Abellio Greater Anglia services.

The redevelopment of Tottenham Hale bus station was completed in December 2014. The railway and Underground station is currently awaiting redevelopment.

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.
  3. Tottenham Hale Master Plan
  5. Hiller, N, Lebus A Brief History ( accessed 21/02/2014)
  6. Suleman, M, Lebus Air Raid Shelters ( accessed 21/02/2014)
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