_6006405   A photo from the Southgate Photographic Society showing a number 29 bus travelling along Green Lanes. This  very early photo, probably from the 1920s, also shows some local shops. And here is a link to a wonderful slide show from the Southgate Photographic Society which shows then and now pictures from the same viewpoint.


Our aim  at Palmers Green Tales, is to create an oral and living history of Palmers Green, and its environs, using personal reminiscence.  By watching and reading the interviews we can build up a picture of what it was and is like, to live in Palmers Green, how Broomfield Park was used, what a lynchpin  Broomfield House was within the community and what the local schools were like, when the local housing estates were built and who lived in them and what shops and entertainments were and are now available.  Alongside this we are also interviewing people who are making a contribution to our community today, developing our archive for the future. Our sponsor publishes a monthly magazine Palmers Green and Southgate Life which has some very interesting articles in, you will be able to access the latest copy and their archive copies here, Palmers Green and Southgate Life.
Our latest film is of interviews with Adrian Day and Claire Allen, talking about Pop-up-Parklets and Play Streets

Our penultimate film is of an interview with Camilla Farrant who lives in Palmers Green and is a member of The Massive Violins

11 thoughts on “Home

  1. I lived in Harlech Road Palmers Green in the 70s with a brilliant landlady Nellie Rufus. She was absolutely brilliant to me although I was young diddn’t appreciate it at the time.


      • Hi Alan, I’m chipping in to say I think I remember you as well. My grandmother, Nellie had a great bunch of Irish lads as tenants. I think it was you who bought me a camera for Xmas! After your group moved on, a wonderful group of Mormon missionaries became her new tenants. They were from USA and Canada and working for their church in the UK for two years. As they were all 18-20 year old young folks, away from home, she used to host Monday night parties, play the piano and provide a great tea for all (including others that did not live there). She had cancer and given one year to live. I think due to all the excitement to help these young people, she lived for 10 more years, which the doctors felt was a miracle. After x many missionaries lived and then moved back home, they invited her to Utah, USA for a holiday. At the age of 79 years, she visited Utah and had a red carpet experience. We have fond memories of our visit to Harlech Road. We let us know if you remember – I think my brother has a photo of you in the garden!


    • Hi Alan,
      My father is Ronald Chidgey. His grandmother was Nellie Rufus.
      I just got of the phone to my dad telling him about your comment.
      He said he remembers an Alan from when he visited his grandmother in the 70s. He seems to remember he was a builder working for William Cress.
      Was that you by any chance?
      Be great to hear from you.


  2. I have fond memories of Palmers Green, as I worked at the station from aged 15 in 1963 till 1968. Mr Mardell was the Station Master, Dave Conway was a Porter and Ron Newman was the leading Porter. I used to go to the Devonshire Cafe for dinner, not everyday but quite a few times, we would take the dinner back to the station, then return the empty plates all washed. In 1967 I became the signalman there. So many happy memories. Shame I cannot post some photos here.


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