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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill N10
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill N10

Numbers 150-154 (right to left) photographed on 22 August 2008
Picture added on 01 December 2009 at 12:04
I moved to Wilton Road as a four year old in 1970. I can remember that the shop with a green signage used to be a toy shop called "Playcity". I used to go to school with the shop owner's son at Norfolk House. They were the Stamfords. After the passage of time the toy shop gradually changed hands several times until it became demoted to a Newsagents which eventually ceased trading. Before Ladbrokes took up occupation, at one time, again in the early 70's, I can remember that there were two separate shops. One was an old fashioned sweet shop/ tobacco shop. It was run by two dear old ladies. I can still picture all the jars of sweets on shelves and remember that certain smell as you walked in. Next door to the sweet shop was a small supermarket whose name I cannot remember.What is now a restaurant stands on the site of a wooden saw mill. The present building is a complete new build. The shops on either side of Halliwick Parade once made up a thriving micro community. At one time there were two butcher shops, two greengrocers, two chemist shops, three newsagents, a pet shop where the vet surgery is now, a clothes shop where the taxi firm is ( It was called Marian). We of course had the Post Office, a dry cleaners called Aquarius, two hardware stores (one down near the library) and the barber shop called Anastasia. The then owner appeared in a Madness pop video. What is now the domestic help office used to be an Insurance Broker's Office. On a Thursday afternoon, back in the 70's the shops used to close at I think 1pm. This meant that after school my brother and me could ride our bikes up and down the empty parade. Happy memories !
Added by TC on 26 November 2014
In addition to my previous comment, I forgot to mention that there were two other mini supermarkets. The second supermarket which is still a supermarket today and is further down the parade as if you were going down the hill was Londis. The first supermarket which was recently completely given a shop refit under new management was called Robinsons back in the 70's and then Centra. The previous owner Billy ran the shop with his family for it must have been over 30 years. I can also remember with fond memories being a child member of the local library. One would go downstairs to the basement floor where the children's books were. This was in the days long before the advent of computers and was a useful source of reference for school homework. I also seem to recall that next door to the library was a clock repair shop. Then there was one of the two hardwear stores. I remember that the owner always used to park his VW camper outside his shop which he ran with his mother. We then had one of the three newsagents, then the Fish & Chip shop and then the pet shop. The latter became a vet surgery. Rather oddly, back in the early 80's the pet shop had a squirrel in a cage which someone had rescued. On a Sunday afternoon as kids we had a treat after dinner. When we were old enough I can remember going up to the newsagent on the corner to buy a block of Walls ice cream. The shop always wrapped it up in newspaper for you to bring it back home. It of course already had its cardboard packaging. In addition to the other shops mentioned, there were two off licences on either corner of Wilton Road. One was a Threshers; I cannot remember the other shop name. There wasn't the volume of traffic back then as we have now. It certainly was not the case that you would have rush hour traffic backed up and crawling up the hill. Back in the 70's there was no Tesco as there now stands near the North Circular. There was however a modest size Tesco which occupied the shop where Waitrose now operates from on the top of the hill. The largest supermarket was Sainsbury's which is still there today. I do have other memories of Muswell Hill as I grew up. However, I think I would be pushing the boundary too far as they probably come under Haringey rather than Friern Barnet. I hope you enjoyed my recollections and they may have jogged your own memories of the area.
Added by TC on 26 November 2014
The son and his mother who ran the hardware shop were named Faulkner and they were a really lovely pair. See images number 5818, 5820, 5821 and 7304 for views inside their shop
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 04 December 2014
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