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White Hart Lane is a thoroughfare winding between the High Roads of Tottenham and Wood Green, but it is best known as the (nearby) home of Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League football club. The White Hart was a public house at 750 Tottenham High Road, belonging to Charrington's brewery. In the 1890s its landlord set up a nursery on the fertile soil behind the inn, but within a few years the newly professional Tottenham Hotspur FC sought to move here from their previous home at Northumberland Park. Originally Hotspur FC, and formed from an older cricket club in 1882, the club became Tottenham Hotspur two years later. Most of the founders were old boys of St John's Presbyterian school and Tottenham grammar school. In the days before the stadium became all seated (in 1994) the ground witnessed some huge attendances – most notably in the 1948-9 season, when the record gate of 75,038 was achieved for a match against Sunderland. The ground's capacity is currently 36,214. Spurs were the leading London team in the 1960s, but have since been overshadowed by their long-time rivals Arsenal. The club presently proposes to rebuild its stadium, in a scheme codenamed the Northumberland Development Project.

White Hart Lane was also the name given to the one of the first out-of-town cottage estates built by the London County Council, although much of this housing actually lies closer to Lordship Lane. Begun in 1904, the estate was extended north of Risley Avenue after the First World War.

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Another kind of worship: Sunday morning churchgoers in the shadow of Tottenham Hotspur's stadium

At the last census, 44 per cent of homes in the ward were rented from the council, a very high figure. 12 per cent did not have central heating. Only 44 per cent of 16 to 74-year-olds were employed.

Postcode areas: N17 and N22
Population: 11,985
Station: One West Anglia (Zone 3)

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