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The 1926 General Strike at 90-what happened in Haringey

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2016 by kmflett

Haringey in the 1926 General Strike

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Special constables in Hornsey being issued with truncheons (Getty)

Haringey of course did not exist in 1926. Rather three separate areas: Hornsey, Wood Green and Tottenham comprised what is now a London Borough.

Labour movement wise they also had separate Trades Councils and a few details of what these were doing in the 1926 strike can be found on the TUC’s history website:

http://www.unionhistory.info/generalstrike/london.php

For Tottenham there is the first issue of the Trades Councik strike bulletin (12th May) its comparatively late date in the strike reflecting the point that more people were joining the action at this point. Aside from a general message of solidarity there is also some national news as there were of course no papers and this was before the age of broadcast media with the exception of BBC radio.

There is also a note of a telephone message to the TUC alerting them to plans of a scab bus operation.

The Wood Green and Southgate TUC wrote to the TUC General Secretary Citrine reporting that an entertainments committee had been formed to give strikers something to occupy their day with. On 7th May a further note to Citrine noted that a strike bulletin was being produced twice daily and notes to speakers had been circulated.

The HQ of the strike in Wood Green was at Stuart Crescent and in Tottenham at 7 Bruce Grove.

Tottenham Council which even then was Labour controlled refused to participate in the recruitment of special constables much to the annoyance of the authorities.

In Hornsey by contrast there are pictures of truncheons being handed to special constables and one of said constables going out on patrol in an open top car. Whether this was because the strike in Hornsey required more active policing or because the area had more volunteer strike breakers is unclear.

We do know however that the TUC was informed that a scab evening paper had been produced

A lot of interesting detail on the General Strike in the area is at this link (scroll down to the London section) but there is still much scope for further research, perhaps particularly on the aftermath of the strike in the area

http://www.alphabetthreat.co.uk/pasttense/general%20strike%20roundup.html

 

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