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Save The Red House: A Part of Tottenham Hotspur History


A few weeks ago when Tottenham Hotspur unveiled ambitious plans to rebuild its White Hart Lane stadium, little attention — if any — was given to the fate of the old red Victorian house at the corner of Bill Nicholson Way and High Road, the house that is the physical address of the club at 748 High Road. Unfortunately, according to the latest stadium plans, The Red House — Tottenham’s historical home, in many ways — will be demolished.

Built around the mid 1850’s, The Red House is probably most famous for Tottenham fans as being the place for the cockerel on top of the clock on High Road. Sadly, the cockerel was removed in 2008. But the image of the cockerel is pictured above (and was snapped during the EPL Talk Tour of White Hart Lane from 2006).

When I took that photograph, I had no idea about the history of the Red House. But thanks to campaign organized by Save The Red House, all can be revealed.

Tottenham’s history with The Red House began when they bought the house after they won the 1921 FA Cup. The distinctive cockerel and ball on top of the clock was added in 1934. By 1974 or earlier, the red brick building housed Bill Nicholson’s offices as well as the Tottenham board room, in addition to trophy cabinets.

When the rebuilding of the West Stand was completed by Tottenham in 1982, The Red House was abandoned until, in the early 1990s, the building was used as a ticket collection point.

Today, the building is used by the Tottenham community officer while the stadium manager, security and health and safety departments also are housed in the building.


The Red House, 1974

This is a building with too much history and architecture to demolish to make way for the new Tottenham stadium to replace White Hart Lane. I’m sure, if pushed, the architects and stadium developers could find a way to keep this historic building standing and find a way to make better use of it.

To learn more about the Save The Red House campaign, visit the website. And if you’re interested in joining the campaign by sending letters to Daniel Levy, the English Heritage Foundation and other organizations, go here.

If you’re a Tottenham supporter or if you’ve visited White Hart Lane, share your feedback by clicking the comments link below and let us know if you’re aware of The Red House and whether you care about it’s possible demise.

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  1. Jim

    December 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Yes Jay, the Red House (and three other buildings of interest) are NOW included in the Stadium design BECAUSE of the campaign to ‘save the Red House.’
    If Spurs go ahead with the new stadium – which for economic reasons is on hold right now – the Red House will be a focal point of the development, with the club using it as the asset it rightly is.
    Well done those who supported the campaign to retain it.
    And to those who didn’t…

  2. dave

    January 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    i have been working on a site and found a bottle (a codd bottle)the name says J.NEEDHAM THE RED HOUSE TOTTENHAM it made me think about the person who consumed its contents and thought of the people who drank there surely local history and an integral part of the clubs inception is worth preserving over 22 hairdressers kicking a pigs bladder around for ninety minutes p.s if the bottle has a special meaning to anyone concerned feel free to contact me and its yours good luck

  3. jay green

    August 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I cant believe you tossers are serious.Knock it down? WTF is wrong with you all.You think in this day and age that this iconic piece of spurs history can’t be incorporated into the stadium design? Come on Trev,you reckon you DO architecture (even though you write like a halfwit) surely even a fxxktard like you could come up with something. It’s not that hard ( and I don’t know where you would get a f***ing ten year delay you dick) A souvenir shop or even a Tottenham museum could be used to make the building a viable asset.There are plenty of options. If it was up to people like you lot (if you are actually more than one person) there would be no history or culture left in this country.Think about it numbnuts, this building,this street,this whole area is HALLOWED GROUND!! Put the clock back up as this is what spurs fans the world over associate with White Heart Lane and design something unique to show off our history that many other clubs could only dream of having.
    It’s too late when it’s all gone and we have a big ugly generic stadium with no soul like everyone else bar a few lucky clubs who had the foresight to see the value of the history that led them to where they are now.
    Have a think about it fxxktards.

    • jay green

      August 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      Just checked the website and found it IS being incorporated into the new stadium.Thank Fxxk For That.
      Suck it to all the tossers above…..maybe you should all move to the US,there’s no REAL culture or history there either!
      LONG LIVE THE LANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Dave Bryant

    June 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Think long and hard my lovelies…..once it’s gone its gone…..a piece of club history cannot be rebuilt! and I am trying to make a considered opinion after both sides of the debate.
    Me’s a little piece of club history that willnot get in the way
    of our chairmans forward thinking additude. Every one of you true SPURS supporters shoud find room enough to embrace the past not flatten it, and encourage the future..there is enough room for both….. COYS

  5. nored house.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Spurs will always have a great history, no one can take that away.Now we need to build a new history where spurs become the greatest team in the land again, to do that we needed to knock some RED bricks down.Its people like you who are taking away the clubs history,we will probably end up as Milton keynes spurs and you will have a super market behind your lovely RED house. Give yourself a pat on the back!!!!!!!!!!

  6. jim

    September 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

    How strange that a dozen negative comments fly in within minutes of this article being posted, all saying the same thing using the same expresions?
    Even if you are actually are twelve separate people (which I doubt) SHAME ON YOU ALL!
    Listen to yourselves. Demolish it, scrap it – and then what? Spend the next 100 years looking back at pictures and getting all nostalgic? Spurs history is what makes this Club great and the Red House is a genuine link to that history. Arsenal weren’t so heartless or so stupid as to lose the East & West Stands at Highbury. They not only recognised their emotional and historic value, they recognised they were also an asset.
    The Red House too could be an asset for the Club, as much a centrepiece and fiocal point for the ground as the Munich Clock is at Old Trafford or the Shankley gates are at Anfield.
    If ignorant philistines like the ’12’ previous posters were left to get on with things, Tottenhams new ground would be as iconic as Stoke or Hull’s – a couple of statues, a road named after a player and of no value to English football whatsoever.

  7. Joshua Mathews

    April 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Spurs with a red house as their history? No wonder they lied down for united to bulldoze through them 😛 but from a neutral s point of view.. i say scrap the house and build a new stadium…

  8. harryblueknapp

    April 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Can’t we just keep the clock and put it somewhere nice on display…that is a piece of history…knock the building down for the sake of the new stadium

  9. spurredonindublin

    April 28, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I can remember standing under that clock on many occasions as a boy, and I accept the point that you are trying to make. If it were a question of heroitage, then I would rather save the current stadium which is a far more historic building. I know that we can’t have both an old and new stadium, and that a new stadium is our best hope of a CL spot. I am not a Philistine, but I am sorry to say that for me, the Red House is not significant enough to Spurs history to justify saving. It’s just too peripheral to the history of the Club.

  10. Trev

    April 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The architects for the new stadium would not of over-looked this. There will be ways round this with the new development. Leave it to the professionals and the council to apply the recommended action, rather than d**k-heads like you interferring. Do you honestly think spurs will get totally rid of history………err NO!!!. They are not that heartless. They probably have a nominated new area for historical interest!

  11. bryan

    April 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Its a red house. A RED house!
    Knock it down and build a blue and white one that holds 60000 people.

  12. John

    April 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

    This is apart of our History and worth fighting to keep.This was Billy Nic’s office.
    We have a Glorious past and should be kept.
    No one said you can’t have both a new stadium and a part of our history. It’s what make Spurs the only true north London team. Not travellers like the Woolwich nomads.

    And if you know your history.

  13. Pedro

    April 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

    “This is a building with too much history and architecture to demolish” no it isn’t, terrace housing like this is ten a penny in the UK. Give me the keys to the bulldozer I’d gladly drive through it.

  14. thomas

    April 28, 2009 at 8:39 am

    although we do have a great history as a top club, i for one am fed up with living in the past, lets move on and progress and make this club one of the best in the world, history is just that history were building for the future

  15. John

    April 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

    we need a future at this great club which means a new stadium, not an old house get a life

  16. Rob

    April 28, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I agree knock it down, build a new stadium and lets move forward as a new and improved club that can challenge the top 4

  17. Trev

    April 28, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I agree, if it means we cant achieve a new development which is essential for Spurs future then knock it down. You can only retain history for so long before it becomes an inconvenience. Retain it in another way like a statue or something. Again, its selfish time wasters like you who put delay on projects. I do architecture myself and its problems like this that put 10 year delay on plans which makes our jobs frustrating. Do something better with your life than start scenarios like this.

    • essie

      April 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      As i was born and raised in tottenham, i have seen how the are has deteriorated with gun and knife crime and overpopulation- there are not many historical pieces of tottenham remain- so leave the red house alone- it was here generations before any of you, and i hope it will be there generations after

  18. tony

    April 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

    If it means we cant have the new stadium then I say knock it down and make new history for our club. It’s people like you that hold our great club back!

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