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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Found this in a postcard fair. Where is 'Colina Bay'?

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Comment by Liz on March 22, 2009 at 22:02
I love this! Flooding clearly a bit of a regular occurence in Harringay.
Comment by alistairj on March 22, 2009 at 22:53
A great find, Geoff - that is no ordinary postcard!
The central 'lifeboat' picture looks to be the bottom of Allison 'Cove' which seems to have been a classic spot for flooding and just opposite Colina 'Bay'.
Comment by Hugh on March 22, 2009 at 23:17
I've added some tags - check the flood tag. There seem to have been two particularly big floods - in 1907 and 1937.
Comment by StephenBln on March 23, 2009 at 8:05
I would say flooding occurred virtually annually until the late 1960s.. Both Harringay until Tottenham often suffered severely from flooding.
Generally it was 'flash flooding' after heavy summer thunder storms - Some summers were hotter and therefore there was a greater chance of thunder storms. At 'Allison Cove' flooding was caused by the Stonebridge Brook and in Tottenham by the Moselle, both of which had been insufficiently culverted in the late nineteenth century as the areas were developed. Both these streams/rivers carried/still carry 'rain' water down from the Northern heights down into the Lea Valley and on into the Lea.
The last serious flood that I recall was in 1964 - again due to flash flooding..
I also remember work being done on the Moselle around 1968/69 - but can't seem to recall any work on the Stonebridge Brook - which must have happened at some time. ( Edit: I do recall work on the Newsam Avenue section, but not in Harringay itself).
Comment by LOUISA LIVERMORE on January 14, 2010 at 19:38
There's a Collina Mews somewhere....

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