V-1 Flying Bomb – images taken at Muckleburgh Military Collection, North Norfolk
The V-1 Flying Bomb, with the characteristic buzzing sound which gave rise to the colloquial names “buzz bomb” or “doodlebug” was unleashed by the Nazis on London from the French coast June 1944, one week after D-Day.
One month later (10th July, just after 3pm) a V-1 bomb ran out of fuel over Harringay and fell to earth rapidly. It landed among housing located between Falkland & Fairfax Rds (N8). The destruction was significant with up to 30 houses destroyed. The Hornsey Historical Society have recently produced a book called Home Fires which documents where all V1 and V2 bombs fell within Hornsey.
Once the war was over it was decided to install prefabricated housing on the site, nineteen in total. For example;
By 1978 Haringey Council decided the prefabs were no longer needed. After consultation with local residents it was decided to create a green space. Today this is known as Fairland Park.
The first Sunday of each month we aim to get together to tidy up the park and do a little gardening. Today was very enjoyable and a good turn out from local park users. It starts at 10am. Pop along and join us next month. Thanks to Liz for the photos & Alison for organising.
Pictures above taken a couple of weeks back but show the extent of the hard re-landscaping going on at Fairland Park. English Landscapes are managing the project.
Thankfully they have had better weather recently and so have been able to continue apace putting in the edgings for the new pathways, re-laying the ball court foundation and moving a lot of soil around as part of the re-landscaping!
They are about 5 weeks into a 10 week project.
It has finally been confirmed that our little open space is now officially called Fairland Park. For visitors from afar it has been known as Falkland Fairfax open space as these are the names of the two roads either side of the open space.
In 2008 children at the local schools were given the chance to come up with a new name. They chose Fairland. Debate then moved onto whether we used the term ‘open space’, ‘common’ or ‘park’.
The council had to have their input as well, particularly on the legality of using the word ‘park’. In the end the majority of local people went for ‘park’ and the council have just given the go-ahead.
So there it is, a very small but important historical moment. The next generation will know it as Fairland Park!