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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Station Road and Alexandra Road, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Station Road and Alexandra Road, New Southgate

These shops had already been vacated, and were shortly demolished.
Picture added on 05 February 2010 at 21:06
I lived at no 22 Alexandra Road until we were moved out in 1970
Added by Judith Cooper (nee Davies) on 15 January 2015
During the late 60's the only residents were at the bottom end just before it met with High Road. Extremely run down, the empty houses and shops were a playground during summers. One small family had a flat above the closed print shop seen here briefly. Downstairs all sorts of trinkets for penny vending machines were scattered inside which seemed like finding treasure at the time.
Added by Lincoln Tomlin on 09 September 2015
do you know the Hunts that lived at Stubbs which is my mum and do you remember the Gilbert's that Eden's the green grocers that's my dad my mum says your name rings a bell
Added by Kirsty Gilbert on 14 September 2015
Hello there. Unless my memory is failing, quite possible, their son was named Gary. We used to like playing Subutteo above the shop using teams we bought from next door. The name Hazel, my mum, may ring a bell. We lived opposite the off-licence at the bottom of Station Road.
Added by Lincoln Tomlin on 17 September 2015
Yes that's right Gary is my mum's brother my mum dose you.
Anonymous comment added on 18 September 2015
Gary Hunt lived at Stubbs. I did a paper round for 3 years from this shop, 1968-1970 run by Fred and Helen. There were several junk shops in the High Road, with their open back trucks spilling out old furniture, etc. Anyone who lived in this area will remember this. We lived in Upper Park Road, now almost gone apart from Cedar Court, now rather a run-down row of terraced flats.
Added by Tony Westrope on 21 September 2015
I remember the Edens Bob and Doll lived at 44 Station Rd. They had two daughters. One lived in Alexander Rd. The other one was a GI BRIDE and moved to The USA. The daughter who lived in Alexander Rd had two Children, Peter and Lisa.
Anonymous comment added on 28 January 2017
This is a rare picture, are there any more of this area? I remember a friend of mine lived in this road, Roman Hoffman. Gary Hunt who's folks ran Stubbs the Newsagents now lives in Southgate. He had a sister name Pauline a bit older than him. This whole area has been 'redeveloped'. The tower block, Curtis House, was demolished last year to make way for another block! Garfield School has been rebuilt in Upper Park Road/Springfield Road. Some of the original houses remain in Springfield,along with the Postmans' Sorting/Delivery Office. I have some old photos on film that I will try to scan and download onto this site for anyone who wants their memories jogged.
Added by Tony Westrope on 30 January 2017
Yes Tony, there are lots more photos of New Southgate. Click on 'Albums' then on 'Streets New Southgate' or 'Shops New Southgate' or 'Local Adverts New Southgate'
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 30 January 2017
This shop on the corner of Alexander Rd was as long as I can remember was a bakery. Not sure about the next shop up. But the next was Tunewell Transformers well some of my family worked. Then these premises closed down TT moved to the Industrial Estate adjacent to Lower Park Re.
Added by Rob Harris on 31 January 2017
I lived at the other end of Alexander Road on the corner of the High Road above Simpkins Furniture Shop. I remember the bakery at the other end of Alexander Road and I remember the Gilberts and their children Peter and Lisa who lived in Alexander Road. We left New Southgate in 1965 to go to Australia.
Added by Janet Sarquis (Pendrigh) on 28 December 2018
I know the Gilberts and the Edens. We lived next to Bob & Doll Eden in Station Rd. I often wondered what happened to Peter and Lisa?
Added by Rob Harris on 30 December 2018
I lived in Lee Street and was friends with Ruth Hoffmann
Added by Deborah satchell on 14 January 2019
Deborah Satchell, did you have a sister?
Added by Rob Harris on 14 January 2019
Yes lynn
Added by Deborah satchell on 15 January 2019
Was one of the Gilbert's called Peter?
Added by Deborah satchell on 11 February 2019
Hi, Yes there was Peter Gilbert. The junk shop that did house clearances was run by Dolly Turner and her husband. Their son Brian was a postman. Also in Springfield Road lived the Brown family, I know Robert now he runs a gardening business. The great ou shop on the High Road was always packed to the rafters with boxes of toys, they also supplied fishing gear including pots of maggots! Above the shop lived the Moody family Paul,Gordon, Laurence and Laura. Their dad was a bus driver.
Added by Tony Westrope on 17 February 2019
Peter Gilbert works or worked as a maintenance man for several Eatate Agents in the area. The Toy shop in the High Road was run by two elderly ladies whose names I've forgotten!
Added by Tony Westrope on 17 February 2019
I don't know about two elderly ladies but one was known as Miss Douglas. Thats if you mean the shop that also charged radio batteries plus many other strange items. LOL.
Added by Rob Harris on 18 February 2019
Just jogged a memory - we lived next door to the Hoffman family. I also remember Peter Gilbert and John Stone
Added by Sue Wilson Nee Davies on 10 April 2020
I also was friends with Ruth Hoffman. And knew Peter Gilbert and John Stone
Added by Deborah wellington nee satchell on 10 April 2020
John Stone is still with us and now lives in Bognor. His Brother Derek passed away 3 years ago. I am sure Brian is still around. Good luck and stay safe
Added by Jim on 11 April 2020
Does anybody remember the Launderette in the High Rd and the lady who worked there. That lady was Mum
Added by Rob Harris on 12 April 2020
Hi Rob. Yes I remember the launderette! My mum used to go there. And the Wool Shop, started by a couple who had won the Pools. Other local people I remember were the Shipwrights from Springfield Road, the Tates, Joy Henderson, Robin Hall, Steve Sheehan, and Stephen Train whose Dad was a policeman. Roman Hoffman was a friend of mine and he lived in Alexandra Road I think. Sue Cahill lived in Upoer Park Road.
Added by Tony Westrope on 12 April 2020
Do you remember me and my sister. Lynn and Deborah Satchell from Lee Street. Went to Garfield Road school
Added by Deborah wellington nee satchell on 12 April 2020
Deborah yes I remember you we have already spoken with each other previously. I think we mentioned that your mum would have known my mum.
Added by Rob Harris on 13 April 2020
Hi Rob do you remember Dilys Peacock, Christine Eaton (we lived next door to the Eatons) Linda Tombs,bSusan Hembrow and myself. We were all in the same class with you at Garfield Road school.
Added by Judith Cooper nee Davies. on 13 April 2020
Yes I certainly do remember all those girls including your good self. How are you? You forgot Jennifer Ash, my first girl friend. What about the boys. Starting with the ones who passed the 11+. David Mooney, Gerald Blyth, Alan Charles, David Reynolds (2 of them) Hugh O'Reilly, Ernie Jeffries, Mick Malone and others who I can't remember. Linda Tombs and I grew up together. Her Mother was my mum's maid of honour.
Added by Rob Harris on 13 April 2020
I remember most of these people too
Added by Deborah wellington nee satchell on 14 April 2020
I can remember Alan Charles who live in Cedar Court, with his brother Ian. And Gillian Haine who lived in Upper Park Road. What about David Hawkesworrh from Limes Avenue ?mI was only at Garfield for 3 years when my Mum got me into Bowes Road School, I was there in the 1960s, so some of these girls' names are not familiar. Anyone remember the special Sunday Excursions in the Summer on the train from New Southgate station to Southend ! What a treat that was !
Added by Tony Westrope on 14 April 2020
Do you remember the four Wellingtons brothers who went to Bowes Road school?
Added by Deborah wellington nee satchell on 14 April 2020
Oh yes Rob I remember all those names. Alan Charles was my first " boyfriend ". My mum and yours worked together at Tunewell transformers in Station Road. The two David Reynolds were uncle and nephew (go figure!). There was also Elaine Baker, Marshalyn Powell, Cindy Grant and Susan Hembrow. There was also Lorraine....can't remember her Surname who was always get told off for talking in class!!!
Added by Judith Cooper nee Davies. on 15 April 2020
Judith, I think her name If I remember was Lorraine Comley or something similar. I never realised that you liked Allan. Oh well If I remember although it is hard considering it was 50 odd years ago. A Kathleen Giddings. I didn't know your Mum worked at Tunewell, my Aunt also worked. I used to like Christine Eaton LO.Always frightened of Dilys Peacock as she was quite tall. By the way I am on Facebook
Added by Rob Harris on 15 April 2020
Judith Cooper, it's me again. Just a quick question. Have you come across any of the books called " Memories of New Southgate"? They were published by the same organisation that owns this page. They are very interesting?
Added by Rob Harris on 25 April 2020
Hi Bob,no I haven't but I will check that out. Yes my mum worked at the the factory in the original location then they moved down the new place which was sited around the bottom of Palmers Road. I also remember your aunt, Elsie Boucher, and your cousins Brenda and ? (sorry can't remember her sister's name).

Added by Judith Cooper nee Davies. on 30 April 2020
Hello again Judith, yes you are quite right my Aunt also worked at Tunewell Transformers. Brenda and her sister Rita are sadly no longer with us. Brenda passed away only last year where as Aunt Elsie and her other daughter passed away some time ago. Up until a few months ago a member of my family still worked for Tunewell. But the whole business as long gone. I am not sure how to you can contact me outside of this method but I am on Facebook.

Added by Rob Harris on 30 April 2020
I have just been looking at a Victorian map of New Southgate. I noticed that what we knew as High Rd was in those days was called Betstyle Rd. I wonder when the name was changed and why.
Added by Rob Harris on 08 May 2020
Hi Rob, the roundabout at the top of the High Road, linking Bowes Road, Waterfall Road, Oakleigh Road was originally named Betstyle Circus.
Added by Tony Westrope on 08 May 2020
In my time in New Southgate it was called Lander's Corner after the Monumental Stonemasons who were located there.
Added by Rob Harris on 09 May 2020
my uncle Phil and auntie Phyllis (Davies) used to run Parkhouse stores, they lived above the shop with my cousins Brenda, Brian and Ann. Mr Landers the stonemason owned the business.
Added by Judith Cooper nee Davies. on 14 May 2020
Judith Cooper, I never knew Parkhouse Stores was owned by Mr Lander. Went in there occasionally to by bird seed I think.
Added by Rob Harris on 19 May 2020
Hi Bob. I've just remembered some more names! Terry Vilandi, Tony Deering and little Alan Smith who lived in Oakleigh Road.

Added by Judith Cooper nee Davies. on 21 May 2020
Hi Judith. I remember the name Tony Deering. And Re Rob's Betstyle Circus query, the roundabout is still called that in all the map books.
Added by Tony Westrope on 21 May 2020
Hello Judith, again. I certainly remember Alan Smith, Tony Deering but not Terry Vilandi. I wonder if I knew him under another name.
Added by Rob Harris on 21 May 2020
Hi Judith I remember Tony Deering and Terry Vilandi and David Deering
Added by Deborah wellington nee satchell on 21 May 2020
We used to go in Parkhouse stores to buy budgie food. And Betstyle Road is the one up from Brookdale and Ravenscraig. I remember you Tony, from Garfield and Southgate school. I started in Garfield Nursery 1957 as my Mum managed Tip Top, the dry cleaners in Arnos Grove. There I met Beverley Anderson and later her cousin Janice Iveson, who I'm still in touch with. Sadly Bev passed away in 1995. I'm also in touch with Yvonne Harverson who now lives in the US.
Added by Joy Henderson on 23 July 2020
Hi Joy I went to school with Sheila Iveson - is she still around? The others I remember Sheila Blake, Wendy Green, Jackie Hawks, Gillian Browne. Anyone rember them?
Added by Sue Wilson on 06 August 2020
Hello Sue. Yes, Sheila is, and lives in East Barnet. Joy
Added by Joy Henderson on 07 August 2020
Hello Joy! Good to hear you are ok. Met you about 20 years ago in Fox Lane, Palmers Green but not bumped into you since. Have you seen the new flats built in Palmers Road/ Station Road. Unbelievably they've put a Hotel there too. Lovely view of the gasworks! I hear it is also due for demolition. I have some more photos to add when the PCs in the libraries are open. Sorry to hear Beverley has passed away. Remember Arif Rustem from Southgate School? I see him in Asda sometimes and chat. Take care!
Added by Tony Westrope on 07 August 2020
Hi Tony! Hope you are ok too. Yes, I remember spotting you in Fox Lane! Funny thing, I was flicking through facebook today as usual and an old advert came up on the videos - I was sure it was you so replayed, and yes! Carling Black Label 1980! Also, yes, I have seen that hotel building, but from within the old gaswork site about two years ago. I couldn't believe it either! Who'd want to stay there ?! Yes I loved Arif such a lovely person; I remember sitting on his lap one christmas in the Green Man Muswell Hill, 1972? Remember me to him please.

Added by Joy Henderson on 08 August 2020
Previous comment doesn't sound quite right! How's life with you Tony? I still remember the blackboard incident with Mr Rolfe - haha!
Added by Joy on 08 August 2020
Hi I’m Terry Westgate. I started work at Demscoprint, September 1966, 15 year old. Mrs Lowre was the boss. The bakers next door baked every day. You could not smell bread after a while you got so used to it. The printers had large rats as I expect the bakers did too. Terrible times, very bad working conditions but I didn’t know any better then.
Added by Terence Westgate on 17 January 2021
I lived at 9 Upper Park Road until we were moved to flats in Tottenhall Road Palmers Green in 1961. I went to Garfield and knew Brenda Langham, Pamela Ascough, Diana Lloyd, Margaret Hembrow and Nuala Clark & many more.i used to get mums bread from Mr Sidall the grocer nr Plants the hairdressers. Also remember Cobbs the shoe repairer and the fish and chip shop.
Added by Valerie Drake on 24 July 2021
I used to play with a Ruth Hoffman and her brother who lived in Alexander rd. I remember watching Popeye cartoons at their house!
Added by Peter Willmott on 18 September 2021
I lived above Akers the bakers and went to Garfield Road school from around 1957 to 1960. My father took me into the bakery to light the ovens for the baker before he started work. I was given a cream donut as I passed through the shop on my way home from school! I remember the toy shop on the High Street and trolleybuses losing their arms as they negotiated the bend on Station Road. We could see Alexandra Palace from our living room window
Added by Peter Willmott on 19 September 2021
Hi Peter, I used to play with Roman Hoffman, but I am younger than you. Anyone remember the Hawksworths who lived in Limes Avenue, David and Andrew? Graham Hussey who lived in Cedar Court with his Mum. I see Brian Turner whose folks owned the junk shop in High Road opposite Upper Park Road. Their shop was rammed with furniture as I recall, with a passage cleared to get to the back of the premises. Brian worked for the Post Office and was rehoused by the council just up the road to a house on the new build estate.The toy shop was always a big attraction to all the local kids. They used to sell fishing gear and maggots, which were kept in tall biscuit tins at the back of the shop, I was friends with the Moody family who lived above the shop.
Paul,Gordon,Laura and Laurence the eldest.
Happy Days! Where are they now? Provably still living locally.
Added by Tony Westrope on 21 September 2021
Does anyone know of Kevin McColough who used to go to Garfield Road school?
Added by Peter Willmott on 21 September 2021
I remember the fishing shop. Miss Douglas I think. We used to get our radio battery exchanged in there
Added by Rob Harris on 24 September 2021
Hi Tony, I met David Hawksworth about 15 years ago. He had a garden landscape business and lived in East Barnet, I think
Added by Joy Henderson on 24 September 2021
I remember the name Kevin McColough but that's about it. I haven't seen anybody who was at Garfield at the same time as me for goodness knows how many years
Added by Rob Harris on 24 September 2021
I remember Graham Hussey. Does anybody remember the Martins, I think there was twin girls. Or Valerie Smith?
Added by Deborah Wellington on 24 September 2021
I remember the name Steven Higgins, does anyone else?
Added by Peter Willmott on 28 September 2021
Yes i do
Added by Deborah Wellington on 29 September 2021
Hi Deborah, Steven was in my class at Garfield Road school as was Kevin McColough. I don’t remember my teachers' names unfortunately. If anyone remembers me and can expand on any details of my class I’d be grateful. A big ask I know!
Added by Peter Willmott on 29 September 2021
I left Garfield Road School July 1963. My last teacher was Mr Bone. If anybody was in that class please get in touch. I have heard from Judith Cooper (Davies)
Added by Rob Harris on 30 September 2021
In the 1970s my late mother taught at Garfield School and Mr Bone (mentioned by the previous contributor) was Headteacher
Added by David Farbey on 01 October 2021
Hi just looking up old names from Southgate as I have recently moved back to the area. I should think no one would remember me but I am in touch with Vivienne Easton and her twin sister Helen. I was friends with Jean McAlear who I think you were friends with Joy...
Added by Lynn Niehorster on 17 October 2021
Hi David. I think I went to your house in Bowes Road for tea once. Wasn't your father Mayor at some point?
Added by Tony Westrope on 19 October 2021
Hi Tony, Yes, that's correct. My late father was the last mayor of the Borough of Southgate in 1964-65, before it was incorporated into the London Borough of Enfield
Added by David Farbey on 26 October 2021
My parents and I lived with my grandparents in Brunswick Crescent then we moved to Oakleigh Rd South. I used to play in the recreation ground on Oakleigh Rd and liked to watch the cricket played there. We moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1960/61. Just like to know if anyone remembers me?
Added by Peter Willmott on 26 October 2021
Hi Lynn, yes I was in the same year as Jean, although it was Elizabeth Holmes who was friends with her. I think they lived near each other in Oakwood as well
Added by Joy on 01 November 2021
Hi Joy, yes I remember Elizabeth, I have tried to find Jean but without success. Apart from Vivienne Easton the only person I have spoken to recently was Phillip Wilkinson in Waitrose and further back Susan Hayes
Anonymous comment added on 02 November 2021
Hi all I lived at 12 Alexandra Rd from 1953 to 1968 ish and then moved to Palmers Rd. I remember nearly all nanes above Stubbs the Gilbert, Peter, Lisa the Eden's my mum would shop there. The Hoffmans lived up the road and I remember Judith Davis went to Arnos with Deborah Stchell and Janet Pendrigh, Lisa, janet would play green grocers. ,Elaine baker and Lina Blum was always together, lorrai Cumley and her brother John he was always in trouble at school as well. I remember the Hembrows and John their son, and at the top of the road was the Clarks and Tavners I think
Added by Brenda stone on 11 January 2022
Hi Brenda, i remember you and most of the names you mentioned. Hope your keeping well. Do you remember my sister Lynn
Added by Deborah satchell on 12 January 2022
Hi Deborah yes I remember your sister not as much as you, I can still picture you now from Arnos, not so much Lynn, think she was blonde wasn't she, another two of my friends lived in Limes Avenue but can't remember their names, they were sisters and lived on the other side of the road to you, half way down and there was a children's home down there as well
Added by Brenda stone on 13 January 2022
Hi yes Lynn was blonde. It wasn't the twins Theresa and Ann Martin. Or Valerie Smith and her sister. I think her name was Sharon. Nice to here from you
Added by Deborah satchell on 14 January 2022
Hi Debroah, none of them rings a bell but it was a long time ago and my mum stoped me from seeing them because they were a but naughty and I would get the blame, but hay ho that's life. I remember Terry Viland I think he was at Garfield and I know the name Deering and remember the Shipwrights and when Stephen fell in the river at Arnos Park and died. Afriend of mine lived in the children's home in Limes Avenue, her name was Ernie Stephens, wonder where she is now. I live in Cambridge now and brother John lives in Bognor, a long way from New Southgate now but best day of my childhood
Added by Brenda stone on 18 January 2022
I sadly remember the incident in Arnos Park, as I played there regularly. My parents ran & owned Gordons Café on the corner of Lower Park Road. I went to Garfield in the early sixties. I understand there will be a reunion this year at the Conservative Club in the High Road and I plan to attend. It would of course be great to see any old friends from the past. Gordon Stacey.
Added by Gordon Stacey on 19 January 2022
I would love to attend the reunion later this year but I now live well away from North London and it would be difficult to get there.
I went to Garfield 1957-1963
Added by Rob Harris on 19 January 2022
Hello - so many memories from this page. I'm Sammy Barth, lived on Betstyle Road and went to Garfield from 1961 till 1968. I remember Mr Bone very well, his smile and Miss Phillips who was head before him. I was in class with Margaret Adams (who was a great teacher) and remember Mr Jones. Anyone remember me - or Glynn Lane, Neil Gannon or Zia Khan. Sadly I remember the drowning - and the assembly that followed
Added by Sammy Barth on 19 January 2022
I remember you Sammy, although I was a year above you I think. And Zia Khan. Hope to see you at another reunion Gordon.
Added by Joy Henderson on 20 January 2022
I was at Garfield in the late 50s till the early 60s Miss Phillips was the head when I was there, i remember Mrs Adams and my teacher was Mr Morgan, I remember John Cumley's dad came to the school and called Mr Morgan out and was going to punch him over what had happend between him an his son John but John was always in trouble for being naughty
Added by Brenda stone on 20 January 2022
Mr Morgan was easily angered... I remember him red faced and irate!
Added by Joy Henderson on 20 January 2022
Yes that's him don't think he liked me but that was fine because I didn't like him either
Added by Brenda stone on 20 January 2022
Hello everyone. I found this conversation via a site search, and I feel a need to join in. I hope that nobody objects. I was born on Lower Park Road in 1955. We lived there until the early 1960s (my mum and dad went into business with Bill and Edie Ridgeway (of Ridgeways on High Street, New Southgate). My brother was at Garfield, probably from about 1957 until we left. I was at Garfield Nursery from sometime around 1957. Our family was close to the Sharpe family who also lived on Lower Park Road at that time.

My maternal grandfather (Jim Neal, who managed the MacFisheries shop at Muswell Hill) lived at 58A High Road from about the 1940s. He moved to Betspath House on Lower Park Road in the 1970s and lived there until he died in 1980.

Various extended family (both sides of my mother's) lived in New Southgate from the early 1900s well into the 1960s.

My mother's maternal grandparents were Comley (Joseph and Rose) who lived on Curtis Road in the early 1930s, Lower Park Road in the later 1930s and then on High Road from the 1940s to the 1960s. I saw mention of a "Lorraine Comley" above, and although this seems to "ring a bell" with me (as a young child I remember having a toy that had previously belonged to Lorraine), I do not have a Lorraine Comley, so far, in my researched family tree.

My mother's paternal side (the Neals) migrated from Essex to what is now North London(!) in the late 1880s. By the early 1900s, my direct ancestors were pretty much all in the New Southgate area. Both of my mum's paternal grandparents (died 1929/1930) are buried in New Southgate cemetery.

I have some wonderful firm memories of New Southgate late 1950s to 1980, alongside some very hazy ones.

What I also have is my late Mum's verbal stories of her childhood in New Southgate, which she only imparted in her very later years. Alongside some happy recollections of family, and her school years (she was able to identify herself and many of her contemporaries in the Garfield School photos on this site), she imparted some sadder memories. Mum was not evacuated during WW2. In 1939, the family home at 7 Lower Park Road was affected by bombings. My Mum's mother sustained a head injury which contributed to her death, from epilepsy (in 1951 when she was aged 44 years). My mother was only 18 years old at the time of her own mother's death and had long since abandoned her grammar school education (Woodhouse) to care for her ailing mother and to keep house.

I am somewhat acutely aware of my advancing age. I am also acutely aware (from my experience with my mother) that some memories are not easy to share.

The main purpose of my post on here, I suppose, is an encouragement to share what each of us knows. If we don't share it somewhere, it dies with us. At least, if we post on a site like this, it will hopefully be searchable for those who follow us.

Best wishes to all.

Added by Diane Beatrice Bennett on 07 February 2022
Hello Diane, I was also in the nursery from early 1958 to 1959. Remember Mrs Philips and Janet, who used to rub your back when we laid on the green tubular canvas beds for a nap?! The wooden monkey climber, the sandpit, the lovely rocking horse, the see over little toilet doors, cod liver oil and the green melamine plates?!
Added by Joy Henderson on 07 February 2022
Joy! I remember the green beds - and I hated nap time. My memories of the cod liver oil are even worse. I don't specifically remember any of the staff, but I do recall being bathed in a huge butler sink somewhere near the door into the garden. My friend (Lesely Sharpe, known as Bo) and I were very jealous one hot summer day when we had seen another child being bathed. There may have have been a good reason for that other child being bathed, but we two were bathed for no good reason! I can clearly picture the rocking horse, the garden, and the push-along toys. Rather wonderful to think that you and I were at Garfield Nursery at the same time. Also, I have just spotted your comment above re The Green Man at Muswell Hill 1972. The Birds Nest, behind the Green Man, was a Saturday place for me c1970-1973. Although my family moved from New Southgate to Brentwood in the very early 1960s (with Bill and Edie Ridgeway, from the shop on High Street), we ended up in Crouch End a couple of years later. My grandad was still on the High Street, and later on Lower Park Road, until the end of 1980. Our paths may well have crossed after Garfield Nursery!
Added by Diane Beatrice Bennett on 07 February 2022
I was also in Garfield Road nursery in about 1957. And stayed at the school until I went to Arnos Secondary school. I remember the name Comley. I lived down Lee Street. My grandparents were Vi and Bill Ford
Added by Deborah satchell on 07 February 2022
I remember that rocking horse I don't would make a beeline to that horse and only got off when the slide was empty and nearly every dress I don't had had a rip in it becourse I would catch it as I went down it mum wasnt to happy about that and I remember the little bed and I would get upset when I was told that I had to have a nap because I thought no I only go to sleep at home I'm not staying here I'm still a bit like that now ha ha.
Added by Brenda stone on 07 February 2022
Lorraine and John Comley (and their younger brother Malcolm) were my first cousins once removed on my mum's side. They lived next door to us on Lower Park Road in the late 50s/early 60s. We moved away in 1960/61. Lorraine was about three years older than me and John was about a year older than me.
Added by Diane Bennett on 08 February 2022
Hi does anything one remember my friend who lived in South Road she and her family had the top floor flat in one of the three storey houses, Jean Sindle and her sister, and on the second floor was Shirley Tate and her children and on the ground floor was Sandra Onnly an her family. Jean and myself were at Garfield together and then lost touch after going to Arnos school.

Added by Brenda stone on 08 February 2022
Hi I remember the Tates
Added by Deborah satchell on 08 February 2022
I clearly remember the "Tates" as the family were the local Coal merchants. They used to take a table or two every day in the corner by the window in my father's cafe on the corner of Lower Park Road. I still remember their lorries outside and the look of these men looking like they had just come up from a coal mine, black from coal dust and just seeing their eyes & white teeth. I so much miss those times
Added by Gordon Stacey on 09 February 2022
Hi that photo of the back alley in South Road my brother used to work down there for Peter Tate and Dave Lyle thay had two workshops just round the bend at the bottem of the alley they would mend and spray cars and at the very end was a paper yard where Albert Newbey worked and above one of the work shops was Dennis, he made glass animals. I would spend hours there just watching him and making him tea and the ones that didn't come out good enough for him to sell he would give to me
Added by Brenda stone on 09 February 2022
Hi Brenda Jean Sindle came to one of our reunions about 3 years ago met up with a friend of hers Vivien Angus, now Potter. I keep in touch with Viv who now lives in Bognor, keep well bye Jim
Added by Jim Keogh on 10 February 2022
Hi Jim thanks, at least i know she's still around
Added by Brenda stone on 10 February 2022
Hi Brenda, Jean Sindall is my sister she now lives in Stevenage. My other sister Irene is in Enfield. i'm in Edmonton
Added by PATRICIA POWELL nee sindall on 27 February 2022
Hi Patricia some of my family live in study for Stevenage too. Nice to know Jean is still around we were friends and went to Garfield together, how is she? Did she marry and go on to have a family? I don't think that remember going with her to your grandad that lived just across the road from you in a basment flat and he would make rugs out of old rags cut into strips. We lost touch when we went to Arnos. Remember me to her when you see her
Added by Brenda stone on 02 March 2022
Does anybody remember me. I lived at 44 Station Road then moved to Danford House in Ladderswood Way. I attended Garfield Road School 1957-1963
Added by Rob Harris on 02 March 2022
When I came across this page and see all the people's comments a lot of people Igrew up with and went to school with and then I noticed the name of a friend I haven't seen in 57 years, Janet Pendrigh she lived in Alexandra Road above Simkins the family moved to Australia after seeing her on here we are now in touch again. It would never would have happened without this site so thank you
Added by Brenda stone on 05 March 2022
My great aunt and uncle lived in Alexander Road. Their names were Jim and Lil Taylor. Anyone know them?
Added by Peter Willmott on 06 March 2022
Hi All. Lovely to read all the messages added since I last checked, especially Brenda (Stone). We used to play in the street together a lot with John Hembrow. I was also good friends with his cousin Susan Hembrow. My Mum and Dad and her family became nextdoor neighbours when they moved us all out to redevelop the area. Does anyone know if she's still around?

Added by Judith Cooper( nee Davies) on 29 March 2022
Judith where did you get moved to due to the redevelopment?
Added by Rob Harris on 30 March 2022
Does anybody remember the fire at the paper salvage place in South Road in the sixties? We lived in Alexandra Road, The fire was on 5 Nov about 65
Added by Sue Wilson on 30 March 2022
Yes I vaguely remember, though I do remember going with my father to see the fire at the Bottle works across the North Circular Road, the bottle works may have been a much larger fire if my memory is correct. It was a long time ago...
Added by Gordon Stacey on 30 March 2022
Hi Rob. We were moved to one of the maisonettes in Palmers Road
Added by Judith Cooper( nee Davies) on 05 April 2022
Hello again Judith. I never realised I just lived down the road from you. My cousin lived in one of the Maisonettes. He lived in the last block at the top of Palmers Rd. If I had known you lived there we could have got together and talked about our time at Garfield and all our childhood romances LOL.
Added by Rob Harris on 07 April 2022
Hi Judith yes I remember how we all played in the street. I remember makeing bows and arrows out of bamboo and string and one day I remember I shot John Hembrow in the backside and he ran in to his mum crying, and I thought then that's, it that's my days of bow and arrows over, but all was fine he came 5mins later and we just carried on. We used to play Simon says at your end of the road fun days. Wonder what happend to Stephen Clark, he lived at the top end of the road. I used to ride his little bike up an down the road.
Added by Brenda stone on 19 April 2022
Hi Rob. My first" boyfriend" was Alan Charles, he lived in the flats in The Limes Avenue. I think we were about 10 years old. I remember he had red curly hair. I wonder where he is now! I lived in Palmer Road until I married.we moved there about a fortnight before the wedding
Added by Judith Cooper( nee Davies) on 21 April 2022
Judith, Alan Charles lived in Cedar Court along with his brother Ian. If you remember Cedar Court was in Upper Park Rd.
Added by Rob Harris on 21 April 2022
Hi Brenda. Do you remember the time there was a row at the top of the road between husband and wife, they lived in the house next door to the bakery. He had a car, it was his pride and joy, he was always out there cleaning and polishing. Anyway they were having this huge row and she put a brick through the windscreen!

Added by Judith Cooper( nee Davies) on 25 April 2022
Hi judith think they was the Tavanas, he was a tall man dark hair. I don't remember her so much they lived next door to the Clarks, I don't remember that day but would have found that quite shocking back then but now Imwould haved laughed and found it funny, God knows what he had done but what a way to get him back, bet he was so mad lol
Added by Brenda stone on 27 April 2022
Hi Brenda. I don't know what their name was. They were a West Indian couple. She really went for him hammer and tongs (Hilarious )
Added by Judith Cooper( nee Davies) on 03 May 2022
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