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Photos of the town of Edmonton, north London, in the early to mid 1900s



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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, early 1900s

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 Library, Lower Edmonton to Tottenham Boundary. Photo courtesy of Anne Davey form the effects of her mother, Ena Cole.

Fore Street, Edmonton, north London, c1920s


Alcazar Cinema, Fore Street, Edmonton, north London, c1920s

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.

Cliff Raven

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 there.

Peter Johnson

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.

The Regal opened on Thursday March 8th 1934, as is evidenced by my grandparents' invitation to the opening.

Tony Curnock



The Cushing Timber Yard

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.

Cushing timber yard, Edmonton, c1912


The Angel

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.)

Labelled The Angel, although, presumably The Angel was a Public House, not shown.

Labelled Angel Bridge and Place, Edmonton, north London, c1920s

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.)

Lea Viaduct, Angel Road, Edmonton, north London, c1920s.


North Middlesex Hospital - formerly a workhouse and then, during World War One, a Military Hospital.

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 Hospital.

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.

St James Church, Edmonton, north London, c1920s

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.

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.

Rayham Road Schools, Edmonton, north London, c1920s

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.

Keith Thompson



Edmonton Green, found in the effects of Ena Cole, 1920s/30s

Edmonton Green, showing Wraggs the chemist, and Dales department store

Found in the effects of Ena Cole



Edmonton Green

Aerial photo in the effects of Ena Cole.

Edmonton Green, found in the effects of Ena Cole, 1920s/30s


cenotaph, Edmonton Green, about 1960

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.

Latymer School, about 1960


Klingers stocking factory, Edmonton, about 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.

Lambs Insitute, Edmonton, c1900

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.

Pat Cryer, webmaster,
and daughter of the author

No photo as yet. Can you supply one?

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 unique.

See also his photos of Silver Street.

Click each image for a larger one.

Looking East down Silver Street, Edmonton, about 1960, viewed from the top of St Aldhelm's church spire.

Looking East down Silver Street: On the right is the corner of St. David's Hospital.

                   Looking southwest from the top of St Aldhelm's church spire, Edmonton, about 1960.

Looking Southwest: The main gate of St' David's Hospital. At street level, the high walls prevented views inside.


Looking north from the top of St Aldhelm's church spire, Edmonton, about 1960.

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.


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