Then and now photos of old Edmonton UK
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.
Part 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.