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Old Refreshment Room, Finsbury Park, c1905

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Comment by Chrisandsally on February 12, 2021 at 8:52

Wow! Love that Hugh!!

Comment by Lydia Walter on February 12, 2021 at 9:15

Any one have any idea how long this remained in the park? I have vague memories of going there in the 1950s...

Comment by Victor Farthing on February 12, 2021 at 9:53

I remember the cafeteria looking like this in the 1950's and 60's. Nice park during those early years with Park Keepers wearing a brown uniform with brown matching hats.

Comment by Lydia Walter on February 12, 2021 at 9:57

Thank you Victor. That has helped cement my memory of being taken there by my Mum and Grandma in the late 50s and 1960s. Happy memories. 

Comment by Hugh on February 12, 2021 at 9:59

Lydia, the map added in a comment under this photo, confirms that it was still there in 1968, without any doubt. 

I'm pretty sure that it was demolished and the new one built in 1972. 

Comment by Lydia Walter on February 12, 2021 at 10:55

Thanks Hugh, also another fabulous photo and information in that link. 

Comment by Roy aka Smiffy on February 12, 2021 at 14:53

It was a beautiful building. So many happy memories - a glass of Tizer and maybe an ice-cream between two wafers and then take a boat out on the lake!

Comment by patrick byrne on February 15, 2021 at 9:37

Yes, remember this landmark from the late 1950s. I lived in Hermitage Road and Finsbury Park was my playground. The lake was always fascinating - the water, the wildlife, the fishermen and the boats. A trip on the water was an adventure and an icecream in the teahouse a real indulgence.

Looking back, I realise how fortunate us local children were to have such an extensive parkland close by as an area to explore, enjoy and appreciate. Our school also took classes to the park for nature study to encourage us to understand the seasons and help us to identify plants.  

Comment by Michele on March 2, 2021 at 14:36

It's Gorgeous! 

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