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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 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.

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.


Fore Street, Edmonton, north London, c1920s

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.


Cinemas in Edmonton

The Empire and the Alcazar

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.

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.

Cliff Raven

The Hippodrome

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 Regal

The Regal Cinema, Edmonton, thumbnail

The Regal Cinema, courtesy of David Daniells. Click for a larger image.

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


Cushing timber yard, Edmonton, c1912

The Cushing Timber Yard, courtesy of Tony Curnock

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.

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

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.)

See also the photos of Silver Street.

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 which was off Angel Road in a square surrounded by Raynham Road, Avenue, and Terrace, and Woolmer Rd.

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

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.

Roy Brimble

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.

Florence Clarke, mother of the webmaster

No photo as yet. Can you supply one?

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This website Join me in the 1900s is a contribution to the social history of everyday life in 20th century Britain from the early 1900s to about 1960, seen through personal recollections and illustrations, with the emphasis on what it was like to live in those times.