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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

This laundry was at 25A Hermitage Road, set behind the first terrace of house on the left as you enter from Green Lanes. It was demolished when Homebase was enlarged at at the start of this century.

The image below shows the 1938 OS map overlaid on a present-day Google satellite image.

The laundry opened at the Hermitage Laundry by 1889*. By 1903, it is recorded as being partly owned by a Mrs Scales. By 1905 it had been taken over by Arthur George Scales.

The Scales name is one with some history in that part of Harringay. A William Scales is associated with setting up the tile kilns that used to stand where Sainsbury's now is. The family also used to own the house called "The Hermitage' on a private road, called Hermitage Road, which they also owned. It's inconceivable to imagine that the Laundry Scales weren't members of the old family.

Kelly's Directory 1903

Islington Gazette, 1906

By 1907, the Hermitage Laundry had closed. It was reopened as the Cyprus Laundry in 1908.

This 1914 booklet was published as a promotional freebie.

The text accompanying the images when I found them, described the item thus:

Edwardian complimentary booklet from The Cyprus Laundry, 25a Hermitage Road, Finsbury Park. Card cover with a beautiful reproduction of an Early Victorian style picture (reproduced by the 'Three Colour Process' from the original watercolour by MRS MABEL LOW) and ribbon to front. Inside cover carries complimentary dedication and charming explanation of the illustration. Inside contains 12 pieces of blotting paper in different shades of blue & pink. Only the first 2 show slight signs of ink marking - the rest are perfect. Set within some of the pages are seven satin type fabric swatches with most attractive designs, and some fabric scraps / trimmings. Back inside cover carries full page calendar for 1914 and postal information 23 cm x 20 cm.

*Report in Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald - Friday 13 September 1889

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Comment by John Shulver on November 25, 2019 at 3:11

Not quite Cyprus Laundry but a very near competitor.    Brought back some good memories of time spent working at Oceana Laundry in St Annes Road,  almost opposite Hermitage Road, probably around 1965 around a year after leaving South Grove SM School.

Comment by Hugh on March 16, 2020 at 19:48


In Addition to Cyprus, Harringay had three other principal laundries through the first half of the 20th century

- Oakwood Laundry, by Colina Road

- Oceana Laundry in Green Lanes / St Ann's Road

- Wise's Laundry, Colina Road (The listig below is from the 1955 London phone directory).

There was also a receiving office for the Silverdale Laundry, almost opposite Oakwood Laundry.  There were also a some of smaller lanusdries, including one just south of The Beaconsfield. The following is from the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald, 14th May 1909.

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