Local History

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If you're interested in the local history of Palmers Green, Southgate, Winchmore Hill, Edmonton and Enfield, there are a number of societies which put on regular lectures and talks and provide research facilitiies. We list some of these in our Community Directory in the History category, but you should also investigate the Conservation Groups, Residents' Associations and North London on the Web categories.

Gemma Singleton, an inhouse producer at television company DSP, has been in touch in connection with an future documentary about the 1952 Great Smog:

A Palmers Green-based artist has used contemporary IT tools to pay homage to four north London tube stations that are outstanding examples of 1930s Modernist architecture, plus an example of an older style of station building at the heart of PG.

A diary discovered during a house clearance paints a detailed picture of everyday life in Palmers Green during World War 2.

Grange Park resident Katrina Campbell's dream of making a book out of her large collection of photographs recording life under lockdown has been turned into reality. There was a large enough and quick enough response to her Kickstarter campaign for her to get the book, When We All Stayed at Home, out in time for Christmas, hand delivered to addresses in the areas where the pictures were taken - Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton and Enfield.

The unusual watercourse that flows through Palmers Green has a fascinating history, and this month there are two opportunities to trace its course from rural Hertfordshire to urban London and its history from the 17th to the 21st century.

Fresh off the presses from the Friends of Alexandra Park and filled with photos and maps from the archives is a new book, A History of Alexandra Park by Laura Mazur.

Ever since the news slipped out in March that the museum and local studies service would be losing their current accommodation in the Dugdale Centre, the Enfield Society has been seeking information and reassurances about their future location and accessibility. A letter to the council leader has gone unanswered, and the Society is now asking members and other residents to write to the leader, council officers and local councillors.

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This rather fine picture of a Routemaster bus on route 29 passing Woolworths in Palmers Green is the cover photo for a new Facebook group called Palmers Green Past, started by Alan Turbero in November last year.

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On 7th January a group of the Friends of Broomfield Park and the Broomfield House Trust met to unveil a plaque recording the planting in 2010 of a mulberry tree in Broomfield Park by local historian Peter Brown. This may nitially seem slightly eccentric, but it has its roots in the history of Broomfield House

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The weekend after next will see the lights go back on and the sound of footsteps and voices return to one of several larger shops in Palmers Green that are currently unoccupied. 240-244 Green Lanes is the venue for PG Vintage Flea, which will see the 1920s-vintage building filled with a multitude of stalls selling all things... vintage. Cara McDonagh and Sue Beard trace the story of the former Iceland store.

A shell-shaped tablet, placed in Broomfield Park when it was opened in 1903, is to be restored and its wording re-inscribed.

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CHECK CHARACTERS IN DESCRIPTIONWe would like to invite you to Bernie Grant Arts Centre’s Windrush Festival - our first ever festival highlighting the vital contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made to the cultural landscape of the UK.