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.

Swimming in Broomfield Park

One of our contributors has said, her elderly neighbour claims her parents told her that the water for the swimming pool in Broomfield Park had to be brought in from Durnsford Pool at the last moment before the grand opening, as it had been overlooked in the planning stage. I don’t know if this made it into the official records of the event. Has anyone else heard about this?

The Running Track by JBB

Shortly after  Broomfield Park was purchased by Southgate Urban Council in 1903 several sports facilities were set up within the park.  There was a tennis court, a swimming lake, soccer pitches and a wonderful running track.  The running track and football pitches were ideally situated on the old gravel pit. In 1854, Mr Philip Powys, the then owner of Broomfield Estate had been granted permission to excavate the gravel and when Southgate Council took over the running of the park they grassed over the gravel pit and developed it as a sports area. In 1922, the Southgate and Frien Barnet Athletics Association, re started an annual sports day in the park and advertised it as being similar to those ” held before 1914″.  The borough also decided to employ men from the unemployment register to build the concrete steps down to the field.