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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

This view is looking south-east towards Cheapside. Where the Keevans and Edmonds stores are shown on the left of the photo now stands the first part of the Shopping City development. The turning to the right is Alexandra Road.

(There was also a Keevans store on Hornsey High street right up to the mid 1980s. Another on Topsfield Parade in Crouch End survived a little longer, I think. The Hornsey branch was shown in the Kinks film for 'Come Dancing', a video for which used to be available on YouTube, but has now been blocked in the UK by the copyright holder )

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Albums: Historical Images of Wood Green | 1 of 2 (F)

Comment by Richard Woods on November 3, 2017 at 11:58

Keevans made a fortune selling pretty ordinary clothing in the colours of various schools - Sationers sent us there (Crouch End) and for all the years I was there mother moaned endlessly (and I now know rightly) at the expense!

Comment by Alan on May 12, 2018 at 19:41

Surely the road to the right here is Mayes Rd,,,,,,,,,,

Comment by Hugh on May 12, 2018 at 22:21

At the time of the photo, Mayes Road did indeed run as far as the High Road. (I've written before about the change to the road's course here). Alexandra Road and Mayes Road met at the High Road. Whether it was officially called Mayes or Alexandra Road at that point I have no idea - and contemporary maps don't help. 

Comment by Hugh on May 17, 2018 at 11:01

Alan, I just happened to notice Mayes Road on an OS map of 1863. I see that it looks like an old road, certainly older than Alexandra Road.  So we might reasonably conclude that you are right and that at the point it joined the High Road, the road was known as Mayes Road.

Comment by Alan on May 27, 2018 at 16:25

Wow, thanks Hugh

Comment by Hugh on May 27, 2018 at 18:09

Actually, it's even older than I thought. I've been digging around a bit in Wood Green's History.

Since Mayes Road (or whatever it was then called) appears on the Dorset Map, that takes us back to at least 1619. (See below - The map was published upside-down to modern eyes,  since as was the custom,  the map was drawn with north at the bottom. So. I've rotated it to reset it to today's orientation, with north to the top. What is now Mayes Road is the one running between Ducketts Meade and Wood Greene).

Comment by Hugh on May 30, 2018 at 12:59

More on the origins of Mayes Road here.

Comment by Sam K on February 26, 2022 at 12:28

Fantastic photograph, I remember as a child, playing with my friends on the demolition site before the Shopping City was built.

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