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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

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Comment by John Shulver on August 28, 2019 at 21:51

I lived nearby (Harringay Road) but can't ever recall seeing "Controlled Area" signs ?  Fabulous motors though.

Comment by Hugh on August 28, 2019 at 21:53

Check out this film clip and this photo from 1963, John. 

Comment by Peter John Morris on August 30, 2019 at 9:21

I lived in Roseberry Gardens, the road you are looking down opposite. The ‘Controlled area’ was the experiment they ran where you you only cross Green Lanes via what were later known as ‘Pelican’ crossings. It was a scheme to try and stop the high number of accidents occurring due to ‘jaywalking’. There were lots of railings erected and red lines in the road similar to the red zones of late. I think it was highly unpopular as the good folk of Harringay didn’t like being corralled in this way!

Comment by JJ B on August 30, 2019 at 15:34


Comment by Richard Woods on August 31, 2019 at 15:34

I was a young reporter for the Hornsey Journal when the Pelican Crossing scheme was opened by Transport Minister Ernest Marples, the construction magnate who built many of the motorways after his chum Beeching, Road Haulage guru, shot down the railways. Odd that.

Comment by Renato B on September 7, 2019 at 20:21

Behind the two fellas is Coburn and Hughes which was a motorcycle shop which I often popped into. The dealership closed a few years later and moved to a corner shop in Seven Sisters Rd - Finsbury Park. (I am still biker with a 2014 Kawa z1000).

Comment by Derek Reynolds on June 12, 2020 at 6:44

Coburn & Hughes were on my regular itinerary of late evening window gazing. I remember they had 'Big Ed', a stainless and chrome Vincent in there for a while. That would be around 1964. Still biking.

Comment by John Shulver on May 18, 2021 at 17:51

Hugh, only just seen your post  28/8/19.   I've only just watched that suggested film clip !!   Thanks Hugh.   Looks so very different to my time in 50's-early 70's there.  Sad decline..........

Comment by Kevin Nairn on April 19, 2024 at 13:41

I was in Woodlands Park primary school, about yr5 or yr6 when we were told about the new "revolutionary" crossing in Green Lanes.

Comment by Hugh on April 19, 2024 at 14:19

You mean this one?

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