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20:50 GMT
We got our country Back -- I now want my Edmonton back-
In The News
20:30 GMT
Well ... there is some very interesting news today!
Colin C
02:24 GMT
JACKIE B AND VLAD - The houses built in Church Street near the Cambridge Road junction were built post WW1 and my aunt and uncle lived there for many years at Number 324. They were large and had big gardens front and back. I think they were constructed in the early 1920s. They are still there but most of the former front gardens are now given over to parking for the current homeowners cars. Pity really but not by any means unusual. We spent many happy times there and often slept under the stairs during the war when air raids were in progress.
18:05 GMT
Hi Jackie,

In answer to your question: "...Do I need to bend the knee? LOL." - YES.

The house I lived in was one of several on a block which had the year 1929 cast into the concrete of the gable roof end.

I'm sure any other info would also be very interesting.
14:04 GMT
Vlad, I was quoting the cover of an occasional paper by Charles Pam that was published after his death in 1998. You must be really posh to have grown up on the Hyde Estate. Do I need to bend the knee? LOL.

An extract from the booklet. 'The estate was described in the Preface as as garden-city estate begun in the years following WW1. It aimed to 'provide' two thousand semi detached homes set on green lawns and connected by straight narrow roads.

Sadly, however, it was absurdly uneconomic and was abandoned in 1921 with only 232 houses completed'.

Goes on a for a fair bit more and if you are really interested let me know and I will 'trype' more extracts.
Colin C
11:44 GMT
JackieB - enjoyed hearing of your guided walk. Interesting descriptions of the various areas in and around Edmonton. Yes, I remember Cat Hill quite well from the days when I lived at Potters Bar - often used to explore in and around the Barnet/Causeway area. Remembered of course, the old landmarks of Edmnton - New Road Hill, Empire, etc. You are quite right about noticing more when not behind the wheel of a car but of course the car enables us to go further afield. I was walking down by the river near here recently, hopeful of spying the mob of kangaroos that live in the conservation area. Haven't seen one in the year we've been here whereas a friend of mine has spotted dozens of them. I will keep my eyes peeled in the hope of catching a glimpse of them. Let you know when and if I do.
08:01 GMT
Hi Jackie, I didn't know that the Pymmes area was ever known as 'The Garden City Estate'. I'm feeling rather posh now having been brought up there!
19:53 GMT
Went on a great guided walk this afternoon 'Discovering Edmonton'. For Maggie, it was led by Joe and he is doing another from Southgate station tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

We started at All Saints Church and wandered through the 'The Garden City Estate' ie the estate around Pymmes taking in stories about the introduction of social housing, the Lambs, the Dunholme Road air disaster etc then on to Fore Street to look at some of the rather unusual buildings still standing and have a chat about the old buildings that once stood there. New Road hill, The Empire and the Edmonton Low Level station etc plus load more. Great way to spend an hour or so on a grey Saturday afternoon after a visit to my local Wilkos.

enfieldian, have you dropped an e-mail to the planning department about Tweedy Close? They can't be everywhere and just a gentle 'can you tell me what is being built' type of enquiry will usually get a response.

Ronnie D and Young Ed, several of the impressive houses on Windmill and Slades Hills have been demolished and replaced by blocks of flats but plenty of 'posh' houses are still there.

I was on the bus to Barnet hospital on Wednesday and spotted a real funny. Do any of you remember the Cat Hill roundabout with the Middlesex University campus and pond? For once it was a sunny day and I just could not believe how many 'teenage mutant ninja' turtles were sunbathing on a log. Just waiting for the next sunny day and I'll go there, have a wander and take some photos.

By the way I also noticed that The Jolly Farmers has reverted to the wonderfully named hamlet of Frogs Bottom on their notice board.

I am beginning to really enjoy getting rid of my car as I notice so much more when I don't have to look at the road. Even if it takes a bit longer to 'get there' I can enjoy my surroundings.
Colin C
00:59 GMT
ENFIELDIAN - Crikey! How does someone get away with constructing something not given planning consent? Can they be made to demolish it and put things back the way they were? I seem to recall several instances where this has happened.
11:21 GMT
oh dear! saddlers mill stream in danger as construction of house/extension without planning has begun, on top of it's underground course, along Tweedy Close, (on it's route from First Avenue to St Marks road). Protecting boundary wall already demolished.......
Edited 13-06-2016 11:39
Ronnie D
21:42 GMT
Young Ed:
Yes there certainly was some Posh houses along Slades Hill and virtually down to Enfield Chase Station, as well as towards Chase Farm Hospital, a very well and upcoming area. I have no idea what it is like there now, I haven't been over that way in donkey's years.
What school did you go to in Enfield Road?.
Best to you all.
Young Ed
21:13 GMT
Ronnie D: I remember there being some very posh houses on Slade's Hill. Not sure how that area is now.
Ronnie D
22:21 GMT
Young Ed:
I also remember the 'Jolly Farmers' pub along Enfield Road and I went past it daily (Mon-Fri) to Secondary School for about a year, when I switched schools due to the Comprehensive System.
I went in the 'Jolly Farmers' a few times with my Dad as his friend lived in Worlds End Lane.
There was also an ex-Army Camp opposite the Jolly Farmers which I think was an Anti-Aircraft Battery during WWII.
Best to you all.
Young Ed
22:08 GMT
I remember the Jolly Farmers JackieB. At the bottom of Slade's Hill / Enfield Road. Not a pub I ever went into, used to pass it every day to and from school for a while. Don't recall the other two.
08:19 GMT
Young Ed Yes they are in Enfield. The King and Tinker, although I haven't been there for ages as I no longer have a car, The Cricketers and The Jolly Farmers are firm favourites. The food is bit different from the chain pubs. Although The Cricketers and Jolly Farmers are McMullen pubs.
Colin C
01:11 GMT
All this talk of food is making me salivate. Pub lunches are popular here in Oz, too. We often eat out at a pub called the Cove Tavern which is on our old stomping ground of Hallett Cove. They do a Senior's lunch menu
every day of the week. I chose the lambs fry and bacon (liver and bacon to us older Poms) on a bed of mash with thick gravy while my wife generally has a steak. Luvverly grub. When we were last in London (2013) we ate out regularly at a pub in Leicester Square which did excellent food at a reasonable price. We also like Chinese and Korean food, too. Makes me think about the early years of my life when we had little choice - rationing being in force - but our Mothers still fed us well with all sort of ingenious concoctions made from very scant supplies. I may have mentioned this before but one of my all time favourites was Spam fritters and flat chips Mum used to make. Also baked rabbit with sage and onion stuffing. Can't see the youngsters of today thinking much to such dishes but it is good there is such a variety of foods available to them today. Despite all the happy memories from childhood I wouldn't want to have to go back to those days of hardship and lack of money.
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