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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as an older child

Edgware High Street about 1950,
looking south-east from the war memorial

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The High Street was - and still is - in the older part of Edgware. It was part of the old Roman Road of Watling Street. I didn't have much cause to go there, apart from when I was very young when my mother took me past it into Cannons Drive to the duck pond to feed the ducks and when she dragged me to the antique shop which is just behind the lamp post in the photograph.

The building known as the Handel Smithy is on the right of the photo. The story goes that the composer Handel sheltered there from the rain when it was a smithy and was inspired by the sound of the hammer on the anvil to write The Harmonious Blacksmith. For more on this story - which is apparently only a story - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Harmonious_Blacksmith.

Edgware High Street about 1950 looking south-east from the war memorial

Edgware High Street about 1950 looking south-east from the war memorial - courtesy of Maureen Schiller.

The man reputed to be the blacksmith is buried in St Lawrence Church, Edgware, with its beautiful and colourful Baroque interior which, when I was a child, took my breath away.

Behind the Handel Smithy is what was then Maureen Schiller's parents' dress factory.

The photo shows a Jenson Brothers shop, which looks as if it could be a florist.

My first school, Edgware Primary School was also in the High Street, but further along to the left, the far side of the cross-roads.

If you can add anything to this page or provide a photo, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Pat Cryer, webmaster

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