Tancred Road, N4

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Tancred or The New Crusade is a novel by Benjamin Disraeli, published in 1847. It tells the story of a young man, Tancred, who heads to the Holy Land seeking the secrets of the “Asian mystery”. He comes under the spell of Fakredeen, an Emir of the Lebanon. The novel sets out a version of how England sees itself with its benevolent and paternalistic imperialism. This is one of a cluster of roads named after Disraeli novels, the others are Sybil Mews, Venetia Road, Coningsby Road, Alroy Road, Endymion Road and Lothair Road. On Lothair Road sits the Beaconsfield Hotel and Pub. The pub was built in 1886, ten years after Benjamin Disraeli became the first Earl Of Beaconsfield, and the name was inspired by Disraeli. It’s from here that the local roads sourced the inspiration for their names.

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