Some of the following photographs were labelled on the reverse side and were in the effects of my mother. For the other photos I have had to rely on the opinions of visitors to the website, as I never lived in Edmonton myself.
The Alcazar in Edmonton was built in the 1930s as was The Granada at Lower Edmonton on the hill that went over the lower level railway line. The 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 anyone was going to pictures on Saturdays before then, they probably went to the Alcazar 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 there.
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 William's 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.
See also the photos of Silver Street.
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.
However, there is a difference of opinion ...
The wood and metal work centres should be the other way round ie the woodwork centre is in the foreground and the metalwork centre is behind it. The metalwork centre was a relatively new building to the woodwork centre which was a lot older. You went up a small flight of stone steps to enter the woodwork centre. I believe the timber was stored underneath the building.
I attended the school from 1946 to 1953. I'm pretty sure that in my time there there was a domestic science centre adjacent to the woodwork centre, primarily for the girls to learn baking, cooking, cleaning etc. but I understand that the photo was taken some years earlier. There were two completely separate buildings on the site: one was the infants school, the entrance being in Woolmer Road, and the other was the juniors and seniors school to which there were several entrances.
The Latymer School, Edmonton
Photo courtesy of Frank Clarke - a detail from a larger photograph, c 1960.
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.
Florence Clarke, mother of the webmaster
No more photos as yet. Can you supply one?