George Meehan House

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George Meehan House


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George Meehan House
Town: Wood Green
Address: High Road
Built 1865

George Meehan House (formerly known as Earlham Grove House, later Woodside House) is a municipal building in High Road, Wood Green, Middlesex.

The building, was designed in the Italianate style, was built as a private residence known as Earlham Grove House and was completed in 1865.[1] The philanthropist Catherine Smithies, who founded the Band of Mercy animal welfare group which later merged with the RSPCA, lived in the house in the mid 19th-century.[1] Her son, Thomas Bywater Smithies, who was the publisher of The British Workman, also lived in the house at that time.[1]

The house was acquired by the local board of health for use as a public library in 1893 and it then became the offices of Wood Green Urban District Council in 1913, which later became the Municipal Borough of Wood Green.[2]

The house remained the local town hall until the council moved to Wood Green Civic Centre in March 1958.[3]

The hall remained in use as the local registry office under the name Woodside House, before being refurbished and renamed George Meehan House, in memory of a former councillor, in 2018.[1][4]