Rural Edmonton UK: recollections and photos early 20th Century
There are many more mentions of old Edmonton on this website because so many of
the recollections stem from there. Just put Edmonton into the search box.
The quality of the following photos is
variable. You may be able to see more detail on a phone or tablet by pinching out.
Pymmes Park, Edmonton showing the lake and bandstand, from the
effects of my mother.
Labelled Tottenham Sluice Gate, Weir Hall, courtesy of
Enfield Local Studies and Archives.
Church Street, Edmonton, the site of Lambs Institute, c1900. Photo courtesy of Brenda Noble.
Labelled Weir Hall, although I understand that Weir Hall was a country house,
so presumably this was either the garden or a local name for where the Hall once stood. Edmonton,
north London, 1920s.
Both this photo and the one immediately below are from the effects of my mother.
This first photo shows another view of the bridge and lamp post in the above picture.
The weir, Pymmes Park
Pymmes Brook c1906. Photo from Cliff Raven, courtesy
of Enfield Local Studies and Archives. He has supplied the following
This picture is seen from the first of the above
bridge pictures (with the lamp post) looking west, with the boundary
fence of Weir Hall house on the left. The wicket fence in distance
left centre is now where the Cambridge A10 passes from left to right.
In the middle distance can be seen what one may think is a bridge,
but was a big pipe, removed in the 1975 Road changes.
Water ford splash, Pymmes Brook. Photo from Cliff Raven,
courtesy of Enfield Local Studies and Archives.
The photo shows the water ford splash, from the northern bank of
the Pymmes brook circa 1906. If you travelled in the direction that
the cart is facing, you would come up an incline to the Silver Street
at the point of where Silver Street school is just out of shot. The
road track coming from the right is Weir Hall Lane and was so named
up onto Silver Street, which prior to 1894 Ordnance survey map was called
Wyer Hall Road. The track opposite leading to that red roof building
was Hermitage Lane, and the part to the right has now in modern times
also been called that, so Weir hall Lane has now disappeared as a name.
The boundary fencing with trees beyond is of the Victorian Weir Hall
House grounds. This became, in its later days, a school for young gentlemen,
hence the mention above of the smoking room, billiard room and ballroom.
It was surrounded by a moat which I would think was fed by the waters
of the Pymmes brook. - Cliff Raven
There was another building on the Weir Hall site
which had a ballroom with mirrors for walls. Another room was decorated
with cork. An original mounting stone was outside. Information courtesy
of Brenda Noble.
sources: early 20th century material
sources: ww2 home front and other material