Palmers Green Tales and an interview with Jacques

Jacques talks about moving to Palmers Green in 1966 and how he started making films of the area in the late 1960’s.  We can see a compilation of some of his early films on the site.  Jacques explains how he copied some of his  films into new formats so we can see them today. It is lovely to see Broomfield House in the film.He talks about his early life as a Jewish child during the second world war in Paris and being hidden in Gargenville.  He was also based in Germany during the time of the Belin airlift completing his  French national service and working in air traffic control.

Palmers Green Tales and an Original film of Broomfield Park, House and it’s environs from the late 1960’s

This film is a compilation of original films made by Jacques during the late 1960’s.  The film shows Broomfield Park and the House in all it’s glory,  the boating lake with it’s model boats, people bowling and playing tennis in their whites and concerts at the bandstand. It also shows the conservatory and the original playground with it’s very high slide.

lovely comment from a you tube viewer

What a wonderful piece of social history from my past. I remember the model boats so well, My mother told me when I was 3 years old I tried to wade into the pond and grab one with mum in hot pursuit. good times.

Palmers Green Tales and growing up in Palmers Green


Ralph talks about growing up in Palmers Green

Ralph talks about growing up in Palmers Green

Ralph went to Hazelwood School and then was amongst the first cohort to attend Winchmore School. He enjoyed making model boats and aeroplanes and went to Wood Green for his entertainment as a young man.

More tales of model building, radio frequencies and Howling Wolf

Palmers Green is Epic

Martin Jenkins worked with children at Hazelwood School to find out about their views of Palmers Green. He found out that they really like their local area, with the Easter Egg Hunt being a big hit, but dislike the growth in number of betting shops and lack of things to do for children and young people.pg3bpg5





Children are a vital part of our community but it is easy to overlook their views. I was lucky enough to be able to talk to some of the children at Hazelwood Schools about Palmers Green and they all had strong and interesting views about the place where they live, study and play.
I spoke to three small groups of Year 6 (10-11 years old) pupils at Hazelwood. At our first session I ran through a potted history of Palmers Green: the children seemed fascinated by the background to the buildings and spaces around them. Several said that they had not realised Palmers Green had grown and changed so much in the past and that it made them look at the neighbourhood through new eyes.