Meet the Parr Family who lived at 44 Seymour Road in the early years of the Twentieth Century. I've come across a wonderful Edwardian photo album of theirs which gives us some nice clues about life on the Ladder 110 years ago.
Most of the photos seem to have been shot in 1902-1903. Although it goes beyond Harringay, most of the images I'm going to share are local or nearby.
Dad, Henry W Parr, was 40 in 1903. He worked as a commercial traveller. His wife Eliza was 41 and seemed not to have been working during this part of her life. Eldest son Henry A Parr was 25 and worked as a publisher's clerk. Younger sin Stanley was 14 and still at school. Last but not least, meet Jack, the family dog.
More Parr family photos soon.............
Have collated some military Info on Henry A. Parr.. will post later. Have found nothing on Stanley tho'
Well done, Stephen. I look forward to reading it.
@Joe Improved public transport may have also been a factor in the move northwards.
The tramways along Green Lanes were electrified in 1904, and that brought higher overall speeds, so an electric journey say, from Palmers Green to Moorgate in 1905, would have taken as long as a horse drawn one from Harringay in 1901/02.
The streets in N13 & N8 are in fact, very similar, both running off the main drag with its transport possibilties.
Thanks Stephen. A nice bit of sleuthing. That makes more sense.
Nonetheless Henry W was still showing his age. At 50, he still looked more like we’d expect someone to look today who’s ten to twenty years older.
I was wondering yesterday how such a treasure trove was discarded by the the family's descendants. I wonder if Henry A or Stanley had any children?
Great stuff. I have some sense that by understanding a little more of one early Ladder family, we get a wider sense of the whole picture.
The rarest survivors are the original wrought iron fences. I can think of two.
I'd love to see some pics of such fencing for reference to try to recreate one day for my house here. I like the Warham Road backside shot. Nice to see all the houses with original roofing and appointments.
Oh right--the King Edward coronation photo I don't think was in the original set you published. I checked out the Lausanne Road one per the story via Google street view and I'll do the same with Allison Road. The Parr family one is the one I would reckon most likely akin to what was originally with my house since I live not far from Seymour Road, whereas Lausanne has a different style.
I am as interested in the design of the original fencing under the iron railings as this is as much a part of the aesthetic that has been largely lost.