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The Old Dairy pub was once a branch of the Friern Manor Dairy Company

the old dairy

Crouch Hill

Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Facade of the Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park

Facade Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

This inscription refers to the company, the building was constructed in 1891

Old Dairy CoolingOld Dairy, Butter

Cooling, Butter

Old Dairy, MilkingOld Dairy, Grazing

Milking, Grazing

Owl, The Old Dairy, Finsbury Park

Crouch Hill Owl, The Old Dairy

The Old Dairy is a striking red-brick building at the top of Stroud Green Road.

It was built in 1891 as a branch of the Friern Manor Dairy Company, who had extensive operations in London, with head offices in Hatton Garden.

Particularly interesting are the panels on the Crouch Hill side showing dairy production methods. There are seven in all depicting, grazing, milk delivery, cooling and making the butter.

They were made using a technique called scrafitto. Layers of different colour plaster, are built up, then the design is scraped into the top layer. In this case the purple overlay has been removed to reveal the white base layer.

It is also worth keeping an eye out for some very life-like owl bird-scarers, hiding in the ornate facade.

There are also a couple of fine-looking turrets with weather vanes and leaded roofs.

The Old Dairy Links:


The dairy is now a popular finsbury park pub. The Old Dairy : metropolitanpubcompany.com

The Hornsey Historical Society has an interesting booklet with the history of the dairy: hornseyhistorical.org.uk/bookshop



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