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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

Torrington Hotel, 811 High Road, North Finchley
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
Torrington Hotel, 811 High Road, North Finchley

High Road, North Finchley
Picture added on 21 September 2009 at 11:22
Added by ANNIE DOYLE on 17 September 2012
I lived in William Street, which was behind the Torrington, till 1955. William Street and Albert Street, which was adjacent, were flattened and are now a car park.
The Torrington has been replaced by restaurants
Added by James Copps on 18 September 2012
I had family that lived in William St. Their last name was Finch. My Great Aunt lived there until they pulled it all down. Her name was Alice Emily Finch, known as Aunty Minx
Added by Louise Ross on 28 August 2013
My grandparents and dad lived on William Street (Horace and Doris Keleher and their son (my dad, Bern). My grandparents lived there from about 1952 until it was flattened in the 70's. The Torrington was my grandad's local and he told me a great story of when Monty Python filmed in there and they asked him quieten down, and he told them in no uncertain terms what they could do lol. He would still use the Torrington even after moving to Bumbrae Close when William Street was flattened. I enjoyed a few pints in there with my granddad.
Added by Paul Keleher on 27 June 2016
I seem to remember that The Torrington used to be owned by Eric Morcambe's father-in-law
Added by Steve Bennett on 17 July 2016
I remember going to a party at the Torrington for the coronation. I was given a coach and horses as a present. I went to the junior (if not infant school) down the road at the side of the Torrington pub) We lived on and off with my great Aunts, the Kemp sisters across the road on top of Barclays bank, on Torrington Park Road at 812a. The alley had the bakers shop stables with horses and carts there, and the heavenly smell of baking was great. The horses droppings were also great for the Aunts tiny garden. I only have photos of our family on the steps of 812a and some in Torrington park itself.
Added by Margaret Gardener on 29 December 2016
My grandparents (Rob and Doris Robinson) lived in William Street with my Dad (Trev) and Auntie Anne until it was turned into a car park. Unfortunately my dad passed away last year but my Auntie still lives in North Finchley. She has fond memories of William Street and still remembers all the people mentioned in the posts here. They lived next door to the Kelehers. My dad's friend Doug lived in Percy Road which backed on to the end of William Street.
Added by Danny Robinson on 07 August 2017
Hi Danny, sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My dad Bernie Keleher remembers your dad and auntie very well. Not sure if it was in late 50s or early 60s but your dad had a motorbike and he would take my dad (who was a bit younger) out for rides on it. My dad sends his regards and is also sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My dad and mum (a Whetstone girl) are now retired and have been living in Norwich since the 80s
Added by Paul Keleher on 28 September 2020
I was born in 1930 in William Street, and lived there during the Blitz I can remember a mobile AA gun being placed on the forecourt of the Torrington.
Added by James Copps on 29 September 2020
Hi Paul, Thank you. My Dad was always into his motorbikes. I remember him having a BSA and Triumph when we were growing up. He took us kids out on them too. Please pass on my regards to your Dad and Mum too, I hope they are both well and stay safe during these worrying times.
Added by Danny Robinson on 30 September 2020
Thanks Danny, all the best to you and your family, and I hope you are all doing well in these worrying times as well
Added by Paul Keleher on 02 October 2020
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