The Starting Gate, Buckingham Road, Wood Green, London N22

Above: “To left a lower 2-storey, 3-window extension with late C19 shopfront and central pedimented chimney breast rising through upper floors. Roundel on chimney breast dated 1875.

“Alexandra Palace railway station was opened by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) on 1 May 1859 as Wood Green, being renamed to Wood Green (Alexandra Park) in 1864.” (Wikipedia)

From the Historic England entry:

“Grade II listed:- Public House on a corner site opposite Alexandra Palace Station. Built 1875, the year that the second Alexandra Palace opened – the first palace having suffered a catastrophic fire only 16 days after opening in 1873. The building opened originally as the “Palace Cafe”; a public house by 1896; refitted internally 1899 by Richard Dickenson of-St John Street, Adelphi.

Yellow stock brick with red brick dressings. Public House frontage with paired pink granite pilasters on a black granite plinth. 6 windows, 1 Window to chamfered angle

and 2 windows to St Michael’s Terrace.

“Another item to note is the mosaic flooring marking out a former corridor leading from the St Michael’s Terrace entrance.” (CAMRA)

3 storeys and cellars. Each street with a depressed arch entrance to recessed doorway with double-panelled and part-glazed doors flanked by panelled and engraved glass screens.

Buckingham Road

Windows have round-arched glazing and top panels of geometric pattern. Fascia with cornice. Upper floors have rusticated brick strips at angles and bays. 1st floor 2-pane sashes brick architraved with keystones and timber open pediments. 2nd floor sashes with gauged brick heads and continuous brick dentil cornice sill band. Similar cornice above to coped parapet.

“The panelled oak bar counter is Victorian as are the mirrors in the central stillion (although the structure itself is modern). The timber arch above, however, is Victorian, and spans two mighty, fluted cast-iron Corinthian columns.” (CAMRA)

Interior has cast iron columns with capitals…

…and many original features including screens with engraved glass,

part of a snob screen,

chimney pieces and an overmantle,

lincrusta decoration

and a series of framed panels containing water-colour paintings, mostly pastoral views but one of Alexandra Palace. Originally known as the Alexandra Palace Hotel, it became the Alexandra Palace and Railway Hotel when the Great Eastern Railway station was opened in 1906 and in 1958, when a racecourse was opened at the bottom of the southern slopes, the Starting Gate.

In the 1960s it was renamed the Starting Gate, a reference to the racecourse that functioned within the Palace grounds from 1868 until 1970.
More recently, known as the Gate before reverting to The Starting Gate.

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