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Young Ed
01:43 GMT
JackieB, that would have been 1960s and 1970s. The area was on the opposite side of Dyson's Road that the Jameson sweet factory was on. Possibly a little further up towards the Tottenham boundary.
23:30 GMT
JACKIE B - I am not certain of the date the small 'factory' where Mum worked for a while during the war was in operation but I think I was around 4 years of age so 1944 would be a fair guess. I was a long narrow shop and the women sat in a row at benches where electrical wiring and aircraft radio equipment was placed.
08:32 GMT
During next week I'll pop in to Local Studies again and see what directories they have. Young Ed do you have any idea of the years I should be looking for and Colin, of course nothing will have been published during the war years but I am hopeful of finding some information supplied by local residents in their memories about the shop/factory where your mum may have worked.

Although the Ediswans factory at Ponders has been totally demolished there stil remains a blue plaque to Swan, Ambrose Fleming and Dewar at the site.
Young Ed
00:12 GMT
Thanks for helping to keep the local history alive JackieB. There was a small industrial estate off of Dyson's Road, and I remember William Press, and possibly Plessey had factories or offices there. I think William Press made construction equipment but not sure.
14:50 GMT
You have all managed to wind me up and set me off researching again. Which of you had access to the key in my back? LOL.

I just can't believe how much information is available when I visit local studies.

There is an interactive booth thingy that has some wonderful images of the area during both wars and another section that includes recordings of memories from local residents. I will need to spend an hour or two there soon.
Young Ed
00:20 GMT
Thanks Pete L, yes that's right. It then later became part of Thorn Electronics who I do remember. In fact I once applied for a job there. They had facilities on The Angel Road, and The Great Cambridge Road. I also seem to remember a sign for Plessey - another electronics company on Dyson's road, but the Wikipedia page for Plessey makes no mention of Edmonton or Tottenham.
Pete L
20:40 GMT
Young Ed : As the site that you found mentioned, Ediswans became one of the A.E.I. group of companies, and in 1957 they relocated Ediswans from Duck Lees Lane, Ponders End, to Brantwood Road, Tottenham, where they started to manufacture Transistors, and Diode's. A more well known company within the A.E.I. group was Hotpoint.
Young Ed
22:54 GMT
I don't remember Ediswans but I see there is an informative page on Wikipedia.
14:28 GMT
Thanks Pete that might enable me to find out a bit more. Unfortunatey our Local Studies is, as I have said earlier, working on reduced hours and with only one member of staff.

The unit is only open three days a week but if you don't mind I'll ask if they have the info about 'Special Products'. Might even send Jim Lewis a quick note as it is the sort of thing he loves to discover.

Colin your break sounds perfect and I've done a bit of Googling. I want go to there.
Edited 18-04-2016 14:29
Pete L
11:37 GMT
JackieB : Although I worked at Ediswans after the war (1955), they had a dept., by the name of Special Products, being curious as to what was 'Special' I was told that the employees that worked in that department made Asdic Control Units for submarines, ECG's and EEG's for Hospitals.
Colin C
23:48 GMT
JACKIE B - thanks for finding that site - I will spend many an hour trawling through the info it contains. Well done. We were in a touring caravan and went to a nearby coastal area named Port Elliot. The park where we stayed was right on the beachfront so went to sleep each night to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. Drove around the area and also went on a cruise along the River Murray and learned quite a lot of facts and figures on the river and the surrounding region. On another day we drove to Strathalbyn which is a picturesque little town which has a plethora of antique shops to visit. Had a delicious pub lunch there, too.
Nice to get away from time to time. Planning another getaway soon to Mildura another country town just over the border into Victoria.

I had a cousin who worked at Ediswans at some time in the 1950s/60s who later went on to become a prison officer in the Midlands. Not sure if the wartime valve production would be classified as a 'reserve occupation' but have a feeling it would be. Perhaps others know more about that. My Mum once worked on electrical wiring for wartime aircraft in shop premises near the Green which had been turned over for wartime use as a small factory - a common occurrence then to decentralise wartime production in order to prevent large scale bombing of industrial areas. Would be interesting to hear if anyone else has a memory of the shop and exactly where it was situated.
13:19 GMT
If any of your family worked at Ediswans in Ponders End and were killed in action, I have a photo of the memorial that was once on the canteen wall. Interesting that only about 14 employees were noted as killed in both wars.

Perhaps the war work, producing valves etc for vital communications, meant that few men were 'called up'.

Do any of you know if this might have been a reserved occupation?

And on that point it is bye for now as I need a kip, having only got a couple of hours last night.

If any of you get the chance to read the books by Jim Lewis on the Lea Valley they make interesting reading and as a 'cabbage' I like lots of pictures so I don't need attempt to read text.

As an author he makes the whole valley come to life.
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07:40 GMT
Thanks Young Ed. It is very good site and most if not all the images are available from Enfield Local Studies where they also have an interactive exibition on both wars. So, if any of you recognise family or old homes get in touch with them. They also have a model of an airship on display on the first floor at The Dudgale Centre plus a few items of WWI memorablia kept back from when the temporary exibition on the ground floor was replaced.
Young Ed
03:12 GMT
That's a good link JackieB and here's another. Focusing on local history during WW1 and 2.

Lots of good pictures on there.
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