Photos of the town of Edmonton, north London, in
the early to mid 1900s
For how the residents lived, see the top menu.
Some of the following photographs were labelled on the reverse side. For
the other photos I have had to rely on the opinions of visitors to the
website, as I never lived in Edmonton myself.
Tram Terminus, Town Hall Edmonton
The Independent Church next door, in the forefront of the picture, no longer exists. (In the effects of my mother.)
Fore Street, Edmonton
It ran from Edmonton
Lower Edmonton to Tottenham Boundary. Photo courtesy of Anne Davey
form the effects of her mother, Ena Cole.
Alcazar Cinema, Fore Street, Edmonton. Photo courtesy
of Anne Davey form the effects of her mother, Ena Cole.
Other cinemas in Edmonton: the Regal, the Granada and the Hippodrome
There was also The Regal in Edmonton, built in the 1930s and The Granada at Lower Edmonton on the hill that went over the lower level railway line. Its building had been a former Edmonton Empire of music hall days. I think it was Florrie Ford who took ill there and died. [Mary Lloyd has corrected this to Marie Lloyd.] If your mother was going to pictures on Saturdays before then, she probably went to the Alcazar (see above photo) which was bombed down in wartime 1940. Two other cinema house existed earlier than these. The Hippodrome was in Angel Road Edmonton just along from the Grey-Green bus garage and the Bricklayers pub. Another early Edmonton flicks house was opposite to Plevna Road on Fore Street Lower Edmonton. It had an early one wooden floor and benches and and a piano player for the likes of Charlie Chaplin.
The Hippodrome started life as a theatre and was then converted to cinema, and as a cinema it closed just after W.W 2 then it was used as a billiard hall until it lay derelict for many years. I can remember the building into the 1960s. The site is now a car park. An interesting story is that at one time there were no toilets inside and you had to come out of the building and avail yourself of the local householders nearby, I am sure for a fee.
The site of the Regal Cinema in the 1930s was a field owned by Curnocks,
the bakers, and it was known as Curnocks Corner. Local shopkeepers kept their horses
It is understandable that Peter Johnson refers to
the field as owned by the Curnocks. In fact, though, the site for the Regal was
owned by my other Grandfather William Cushing who had a timber mill on the site. After Williamís death, his executors, including my father Albert Curnock, leased the site on a non-revisionable lease for 333 years to Mr Abrahams whose son undertook the building of the Regal on his behalf. Two of the male Curnocks, my father and his brother, married two of William Cushings daughters. Several Curnock/Cushing weddings breakfasts took place on the site in the 1920s.
William Cushing driving his carriage into the timber yard,
c1912. The site ran from Fore Street to the railway line with
Silver Street as its eastern border and College
Gardens as the western border.
Photo courtesy of Tony Curnock.
The Angel Public House was on the corner of the Angel with the Regal Cinema opposite, just off Fore Street. (From the effects of my mother.)
Angel Bridge and Place
From the effects of my mother.
Lea Valley Bridge
It spans the River Lea, Angel
Road, Edmonton. (From the effects of my mother.)
North Middlesex Hospital
It was a Military Hospital
during World War One. My
mother's grand uncle,
E. G. Cole, was awarded an MBE for services to the Military
From the effects of my mother.
I had understood this to be
St Edmunds Church, Lower Edmonton, opposite Bounces Road.
Photo in the effects of my mother.
However, according to Cliff Raven it is St James Church in Fore Street Angel Edmonton,
and still stands although now (2011) converted to flats.
Pauline Bradford (formerly Pauline Mcginlay), confirms Cliff
Raven's interpretation. She points out that St Edmunds does not have the window in a flower
shape and was an older church. St Edmunds, she continues, is a more modern shape. The front wall is right too.
St James was built in the 1800s, whereas St Edmunds is
documented as having been built between 1900 and 1905.
Tanners End Mission. Bull Lane, Edmonton
This was where my mother met my father, Leonard Clarke.
Photo from my cousin David Clarke, taken about 1938.
Raynham Road School, Edmonton which was at the other end of Silver Street from
Silver Street School.
From the effects of my mother.
The photo is of the rear of the school taken from the right-hand-side as you would look from the front of the building. The small white building in the foreground is of the metalwork hut and behind that would have stood the woodwork hut. If you followed the road in the foreground to the right it would have lead you to the school sports ground and the school dinner canteen.
Edmonton Green, showing Wraggs the chemist, and Dales department store
Found in the effects of Ena Cole
Aerial photo in the effects of Ena Cole.
The Cenotaph, Edmonton Green
Photo courtesy of Frank Clarke - detail from a larger photograph, c1960.
The Latymer School, Edmonton
Photo courtesy of Frank Clarke - a detail from a larger photograph, c 1960.
Klingers stocking factory, Edmonton.
Photo courtesy of Frank Clarke - a detail from a larger photograph, c1960.
Church Street, Edmonton
The site of Lambs Institute, c1900. Photo courtesy of Brenda Noble.
There was an epileptic colony in Silver Street in a building called Millfield House, which was opposite Millfield Road. Many of the inmates were also cripples and we could easily recognise them because they wore a uniform of grey suits. It was not uncommon to see one collapse on the pavement during a fit.
In 1960 repairs were being made to the steeple of
St Aldhelm's Church at the junction between Silver Street and Windmill
Road. Andrew Dickson had the opportunity to climb to the top of
the scaffolding where he took these pictures which are probably
Looking East down Silver Street: On the right
is the corner of St. David's Hospital.
Looking Southwest: The main gate of St' David's
Hospital. At street level, the high walls prevented views inside.
Looking North along Windmill Road. St Aldhelm's Church hall
is on the left. For a labelling of the significant
features of the
area, including the Edmonton windmill, see Richard Cole's annotations
on the windmill