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  • Keep it coming, @JohnB - we genuinely love hearing personal histories of the area!
  • Well, my Granny lived in Charteris Road from, I think, about 1900 to about 1939 , then moved to bottom of Crouch Hill. I dimly remember in about 1940 or so there were stables in a road near Charteris Road for , maybe Dray horses. A circus elephant lodged there for a while, and we kids would watch the mahout washing and grooming it. Mt Mum and siblings went to Montem Street School. I have a photo of her in a class of over 50 girls in 1919 when she was 10 . Not sure how to post it. A lot more if not too boring. Got a couple of photos looking up Upper Tollington Park from Stroud Green road taken about 1940 and before.
  • Fascinating stuff JohnB. I didn't realise that wood block roads were used so late.

    For pictures it's best just to post a link from the web please!
  • A view of Upper Tollington Park from Osborne Pub, now Nandos - corner of Stroud Green Road
    https://postimg.org/image/li32ad63p/

  • Great pics. Maybe we need a Historical Notes and Photos thread?
  • Yep, fascinating stuff, need to open a new thread JohnB - can you do this?
  • Yes a new discussion for this would be perfect.

    That Upper Tollington park picture is great. I'm struggling a bit with the perspective on it, but the houses on the right with the steps up from street level must have been bombed out and replaced by the current medical centre site? And it looks like there used to be a house where the little open space now is next to the Parkland Walk bridge.

    The bridge looks different in the picture too.
  • Yes a new discussion for this would be perfect.

    That Upper Tollington park picture is great. I'm struggling a bit with the perspective on it, but the houses on the right with the steps up from street level must have been bombed out and replaced by the current medical centre site? And it looks like there used to be a house where the little open space now is next to the Parkland Walk bridge. The bridge looks different in the picture too. Odd.

    I don't suppose you have a picture of the Osborne Pub? I've never been able to find one of it, or of the crossroads before it was bombed. Did you live above the pub?
  • Ok Starting new discussion. A very close relative was the tenant so will post Osbourne on new thread. BTW the shot up Upper Tollington Park was from the Osbourn roof! Yes lived above pub , luckily moved to bottom of Crouch Hill before it was bombed.
  • Am I imagining this?
    a miniature village in the middle of Finsbury Park - in the 1960s.
    It had gone by the time I moved to Mountgrove Road in 1979, to find that the roads between our house there and Seven Sisters' Road (Blackstock Road to Green Lanes) were being closed by Hackney Council in an effort to drive out the prostitutes whose clients were curb-crawlers. This "red light" area was explained by the history of the park as a wartime military camp (American troops? which War?). Very interesting also how FP area in "olden days" was a big town centre with all those theatres and Fonthill Road a long and important High Street full of shops. There must be some literature explaining this decline. I wonder if the so-called "gentrifiers" moving into Stroud Green and my old neighbourhood are aware of this interesting history.
  • Fonthill Rd is still full of shops and still very busy, especially on a Friday and Saturday.
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