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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

High Road, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
High Road, New Southgate

View looking down the southern end of the High Road, towards the gas works and North Circular Road. This terrace of houses originally had small front gardens, which were removed to allow road widening for the introduction of trams in 1907. Albert Street is at the far end of the terrace, with the maintenance building of the gas works on the corner. The gas holder still exists, but is no longer in use. (Colin Barratt Collection)
Picture added on 28 September 2009 at 10:52
This is now known as Station Road, formerly High Road N11
Added by Colin Hopkin on 04 June 2013
my grand parents lived in this terrace at no 71 until their deaths in the 1960's. it could possilbly be in this photo. It was almost opposite Lower Park Road.
Added by Clifford John South on 25 August 2013
Clifford, no. 71 is just above the back end of the car in the foreground. You can just see Lower Park Road opposite. Were you aware of the Garfield School reunion on 7th Sept 2013? This will be held at the Conservative Club, at the top of the High Road. More details available, if interested.
Added by Colin Barratt on 26 August 2013
I was born at 15 Lower Park Road in the mid 1950s. My maternal grandparents (Neal) lived at 58A High Road, on the corner of Lower Park Road, from the 1940s until my grandfather moved into a newly built flat in Betspath House where he lived until his death in the 1980s. Prior to her marriage in 1931 my grandmother had lived at 53 High Road (and on Curtis Road before that). My great grandparents (Comley) had lived at 69 High Road probably from the early 1930s through into the 1950s.

My great grandparents (Spearen) lived at 6 Lower Park Road in the late 1890s until their deaths in the early 20th century. I have various local addresses for them and other relatives before 1890.

I remember the Lower Park Road area quite well because, even though my family moved away in about 1960, we continued to visit relatives. I attended Garfield nursery and recall a contemporary, Lesley [Bo] Sharpe who also lived on Lower Park Road. I remember the shops on the High Road (including a grocers and Ridgeways - run by Bill and Edie).

Added by Diane Bennett on 27 November 2017
Diane, I hope you've looked through the other photos of New Southgate in our gallery. They should bring back some memories. We have also published four books of memories of those who grew up in this area. I hold the stock of these. Get in touch if you are interested.
Added by Colin Barratt on 29 November 2017
Thanks Colin. I have looked at every photo! Some lovely memories plus some not so good: I hated those beds at Garfield Nursery and I hated (even more) the lining-up for the spoonful of cod liver oil! Please do send me details of your books - or give me a link if the details are on the friern-barnet.com site. I can probably provide some interesting anecdotes: my mother loved a story about one of her grandmothers being arrested (apparently she had been "running a book" - illegal betting - from somewhere in the High Road/Lower Park Road area).

I am putting together a collection of photos/documents pertaining to my Mum's father. He managed MacFisheries at Muswell Hill from 1933 until his retirement in the 1970s. His contract shows him at Sydney Road/Sydney Terrace in 1933. He had worked for Phillips (N2, I think) before that fishmongery business was bought-out by MacFisheries.

Added by Diane Bennett on 30 November 2017
the next reunion will be on May 12th 2018 at the Con club from 12 noon till 5pm but quite a lot of us stay on till late all are welcome to stay as long as you like
Added by Jim Keogh on 02 December 2017
Hello, we lived at 102 High Road, above Mrs Douglas' toy and fishing tackle shop (strange combination) for many years. Lovely, just lovely looking through all the old photo's here. Colin, can anyone come to the reunion? and can you send me the link to buy the books about the area, or let me know if they're available to buy at the reunion?
Added by Lynn Moody on 20 March 2018
all are welcome bring who ever you want with you. On may 12th if poss could you let me know how many so I can get the food sorted as we provide a free Buffet for all those who turn up. My no is 01782 832 535, Colin has lots of photos.
Added by Jim Keogh on 25 March 2018
Loking at this picture I am sure it houses were called Kirkdale Terrace.
Added by Sue Wilson Nee Davies on 01 November 2020
@ Sue Wilson. My extended family were all around High Street and Lower Park Road from 1930s to 1980s. I have not seen anything mentioning Kirkdale Terrace. Do you have any other information?

Added by Diane Bennett on 02 November 2020
I've never heard this terrace called Kirkdale Terrace. It's not mentioned by this name in my Kelly's street directories.
Added by Colin Barratt on 02 November 2020
Kirkdale terrace My Grandma always called that row of houses by that name. I thought everybody did. We lived in Alexandra Road Opposite Fell Leather Factory.
Added by Sue Wilson Nee Davies on 12 November 2020
I played football for Bowes & Arnos in early 1950's along with Jimmy Hayes and Ronny Talbot who both lived in the terraced houses leading down to New Southgate gasworks as shown in your photo. Please contact me if anyone would like photos of them.
Added by Douglas Gooch-Harris on 15 November 2020
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