Palmers Green Tales and a Wonderful montage of Palmers Green old and present

This is a wonderful montage created by the Southgate Photographic society, using old postcards which are merged with pictures of the  same place now.

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 a wonderful friendship group

We were lucky enough to meet with and interview a group of women who have been friends since their children were very small.  All of the group took their children to the baby clinic in Broomfield House but they did not meet there. They met either through mutual friends or as they walked about Palmers Green.  They began to organise activities both for themselves and their children. Some of the group have since moved away but a core group remain and try to meet weekly.  It was wonderful to hear how such a strong friendship was forged and continues to this day.

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Palmers Green Tales and reminiscences of Mike Barnard


Mike Boardman
Mike lived in and around Palmers Green for over 60 years, and after National Service in the Royal Signals with the Far East Land Forces in Singapore he became a journalist on a number of publications – including more than four years as editor of a newspaper for the metropolitan police.  He now lives in North Norfolk with his wife Lyn.

Broomfield Park was my playground and home -from-home from my earliest memories since I was born in 1935 at 28 Broomfield Lane, opposite the southernmost point of the park, as the youngest-but-one of six siblings.

In those days milk was delivered by horse and cart and the baker came round with a two wheeled covered barrow which he pulled between two shafts.  With few cars, our road was scarcely a hazard and the park was also regarded as safe, so even from an early age my younger brother Tim and I were allowed – and even encouraged – to spend a lot of our leisure time there.