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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

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.

Henry W Parr

Eliza Parr

Henry A Parr

Stanley Parr


More Parr family photos soon.............

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Yes we have original French windows on the main part of the house, my point was rather that it was unusual for the rear addition to have them there as I thought all the houses had two separate doors there, one to access the house and one for the W.C.

The ages are wrong on 1901 census .. Henry W is ten years older than stated,  being born 1853.

as confirmation. 1881

Henry A lived until 1965.

1911 Census:

Stanley died much earlier, in 1921.

Henry W died 1940:

Eliza died 1934:

Excellent work Stephen, I was going to suggest checking the census either side of 1901, but you beat me to it.

Interesting to note the family's migration from Harringay to Palmer's Green, which (without any particularly hard evidence) I think of as a later phenomenon. Also the thirty-plus-year old son Henry Augustus still living with his parents in 1911, not unusual these days but perhaps quite common back then too.

I'd guess Stanley fought in WW1 and perhaps died in 1921 from injuries.

Mmm, WWI as a cause of death was my first thought too, but then I decided that whilst it might have been the cause, it could equally have been anything else from a traffic accident to tuberculosis. It was much more common for lives to be cut short for any number of reasons back then.

Haven't been able to find anything Military yet concerning Stanley Parr, b.1889. I actually think there may possibly be a clue to Stanley's early death in the 1911 census.. 'Clerk to Motor Agent'.. 

Owning a car and driving was very popular and the thing to do post WW1, but was also very dangerous. Thousands died every year in the 1920s in road accidents. Much higher numbers than we could imagine now. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Reported_Road_Casualties_Great_Britain

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