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Tottenham High Tea and Heritage

Carol Hebbs is born and bred Tottenham with a particular passion for its heritage. As a Haringey Heritage Champion, she runs local historical walks and also runs a vintage tea room in Bruce Castle Park. Rachel Ho caught up with Carol to find out more.

Photo Supplied: Carol Hebbs, a Haringey Heritage Champion, on one of her walks

Where did you grow up and what did your parents do? 

I grew up in Tottenham. My Mum went to Tottenham County Grammar School and became a secretary in several local companies. Dad came to London in his teens, and spent his working years as a carpenter in the local furniture trade.

Describe your relationship to Tottenham.

I am very passionate about our Tottenham community. I began my education at Lancasterian School and then on to Northumberland Park School. I am also very interested in local history and the amazing archives in Bruce Castle Museum.

Photo Supplied: T on the Green in Bruce Castle Park, founded by Carol

Tell us about T on the Green and how you came to open it.

I came to open T on the Green whilst looking for a regular venue for my pop up vintage tea room. Over the last two years, as well as a vintage tea room myself and my partner have also developed our space into a community cafe offering varied activities for the whole community and a space to hire.  You are also involved with Tottenham Heritage Walks. Let us know more about that.

I was fortunate to undertake training as a Haringey Heritage Champion, which included many aspects including Heritage Walks. I now run several walks including The Story of the Tottenham Quakers, and also Ghost Walks with my psychic friend Sarah.

Photo Supplied: One of Carol's walking groups at Bruce Castle

As a woman, how do you think Tottenham has changed? What would you like to see change? Our High Rd has changed greatly from the proud rows of shops I remember as a child. I welcome new local business coming to the area, the street art, and new initiatives like Tidy up Tottenham. I would like to see more activities available for our young people such as a local cinema and sports projects.

Favourite thing to do in Tottenham?

My favourite thing to do is to spend time in Bruce Castle Park and Museum, which I think began from my school days.

Anything you would like to add?

We have lots of plans in the pipeline. Watch this space.

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