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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!


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Comment by StephenBln on October 8, 2007 at 14:00
The electric traction poles along the centre of Green Lanes date from the introduction of Electric Trams in 1904/05. They were replaced within five years by the usual style poles on both sides of the road, due to the rising number of road traffic accidents, that even at that early stage, were beginning to occur.
Comment by StephenBln on October 8, 2007 at 15:24
Imagine trying to drive any sort of vehicle along a road without street lighting and having cast iron obstacles in the middle of the road..!!
Comment by alistairj on June 9, 2008 at 23:05

The addition of Mountview Court and a crossroads are obvious differences. Any ideas what the dark structure is on the left (now paved over)?
Comment by StephenBln on March 15, 2009 at 17:23
Alastairj wrote: Any ideas what the dark structure is on the left (now paved over)?

The dark structure were underground public conveniences, which were still in place in the early 1980s. I'm not sure when they actually disappeared. Liz and I were talking about them here.
Comment by alistairj on March 15, 2009 at 19:26
Thanks, Steve! That's a lot of trouble for those Victorians to dig a big hole in that location for conveniences. Given that there are two fairly young trees there now, the hole must have been completely refilled at some point.
Comment by John D on March 15, 2009 at 19:34
The hole might have been there already as part of the excavations for the tube line ?
Comment by StephenBln on March 15, 2009 at 22:48
John D - I don't think the toilets - men's left and just about discernible behind the couple, Ladies right - were that deep!! - The Piccadilly Line at this point wasn't a twinkle in anyone's eye at that time and was first planned in the late 1920s..
Comment by John D on March 16, 2009 at 6:36
True - silly of me. Come to think of it, it seemed to be standard practice, and not only in London, to have public conveniences underground. There are still a few around - Foley Street W1 and Oxford Circus for example. There must have been a reason for this - maybe less offensive to the Victorian eye ?
Comment by StephenBln on March 16, 2009 at 8:42
John - Out of sight, out of mind... Victorians didn't like to think about (or see) things like that..
Comment by StephenBln on October 7, 2013 at 23:31

This photo fits in nicely here. The short lived Route 13, introduced two years before the 29 as a speculative service. Worked jointly by the LGOC & Tilling Bus Company. Two Berlin built Büssing vehicles seen here on the forecourt of the Queen's Head, most probably on the first day of operation, 6th May 1909. This service was discontinued on 16th September 1909. The tram pole in the photo can be used a reference to the photo above.

L.G.O.C Büssing P37 - Queen's Head, Harringay, London, N4

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