I visited Tottenham Hale tube station on Saturday, as part of my project to visit every Underground station. But what to do there? I decided to pay a visit to Bruce Castle Museum.
The museum is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house. It is located in 20 acres of parkland, which is now a public park. The oldest parts of the building were built by William Compton, a member of Henry VIII’s court, and it has been modified several times since then. Bruce Castle opened as a museum in 1906.
Currently Bruce Castle Museum hosts local history collections relating to the borough of Haringey. I really like small local museums even though they all contain the same things – old photographs and artefacts in dusty glass cases, portraits of notable citizens of the area, and a reconstruction of a room during World War II. It’s a nice little museum though and well worth a visit – the house itself is beautiful, too.
The tower in front of the house is rather intriguing – it dates from the beginning of the house’s history but no one really knows what it was used for, although one suggestion is that it was used to keep falcons.
Address: Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 6RT
Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm