Tottenham was once a village about five miles to the north of London. Tottenham has been around for hundreds of years, the ancient records stating places called Totham and Toteham since before the Domesday Book. No one is quite sure what “tote” or “tot” means, despite it being present in town and village names all across England. However, “ham” means dwelling, so there was indeed at least one dwelling in Tottenham throughout its history.
There have been many dwellings in Tottenham throughout its history, though. Many of these dwellings were manors and mansions of the rich and wealthy. While this part of Tottenham’s history is interesting, I couldn’t talk about Tottenham without mentioning its role in World War 2. During WW2, Tottenham was a significant target for the Germans, and it was, in fact, the first part of London hit during the first air raid on the country.
Of course, one also couldn’t mention Tottenham without mentioning perhaps the most famous thing about it. Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur FC won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901 and were the only non-League club to do so since the Football League was formed in 1888. Tottenham Hotspur is still going strong today, as you know, and are one of the most cheered on clubs in all of London.