Apart from what is on the side menu there are many
more mentions of old Edmonton on the website because so many of the recollections stem from there.
Use the search box to find them.
This page shows a set of comparison photographs,
comparing the early 1900s photographs on this website with more recent
ones (2009) taken from the same vantage point. The page was started with
contemporary photographs taken by John Cunningham whose help and
interest I gratefully acknowledge. Note in particular:
- The absence of cars on the road in the early 1900s.
- The absence of line markings on the roads.
- The absence of satellite dishes.
- The different street lamps which were almost certainly gas.
- The black and white versus colour photographs.
The corner of Silver Street and Bulwer Road, left in the early
1900s and right in 2009.
Left, the corner of Haselbury Road and Silver street
in the early 1900s as a
grocer's shop; and right, in 2009. Note that the chimney
and the upstairs window are still the same. It is currently a young
offenders half way house.
Left, Warwick Road in the early 1900s; and right, in 2009.
the old Bull Pub
on the corner of Lopen Road and Silver Street which was demolished
in 1904; and right, the 'new' Bull pub in 2009. This would have
been the Bull pub that my mother knew - although without the cars
outside and the satellite dish.
Left, Tanners End Mission, Bull Lane in the early
1900s; and right, today (2009). Note the blue notice above the main
window: 'Tanners End Free Church' and the different railings /
hedge. It also looks as if there have been replacement windows in
the original openings.
Whereas most of the 'now' locations on this page are still recognisable as the 'then' locations of a
century ago, the changes in the
Pymmes Villas area are dramatic. Lyndsey Besemer who took the 'now' photograph has given the
Some of Pymmes Park was taken away when
the North Circular Road was widened, and this has changed the whole
look of the area. Where the gates to the park were is now in
Victoria Road. So it was difficult to gauge exactly where the 'then'
photo was taken from. To take the 'now' photo, Lyndsey Besemer stood with the
railings of Pymmes Park behind her on what is now the junction of
Silver Street and Victoria Road.
The road that goes from left to right was the original Silver Street
and is now a part of the North Circular Road called Sterling Way.
There is an underpass under Sterling Way which carries the main bulk
of the North Circular Road traffic.
The large building is the
telephone exchange and
the smaller building in the distance (in between the exchange
building and the signpost on the left of the photo) are flats and,
although you can't see it, the railway line runs in between them.
Out of sight to the right of the exchange are blocks of flats, a
grassy area and Gloucester Road.
If you can add anything to this page or provide a photo,
I would be pleased to hear from you.
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.