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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

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Tags (All lower case. Use " " for multiple word tags): church, st paul's church, wightman road
Albums: St Pauls Church fire
Location: Wightman Road N8

Comment by Meryl O'Neal on July 16, 2009 at 20:35
I knew this church had a fire, but as I lived in America, was wondering if it was ever determined what caused it?
Comment by Hugh on July 16, 2009 at 20:48
Great Series of photos Paul. Thanks for adding them. I take it that you were the photographer?
Comment by Old-Age-Emporium(OAE) on July 16, 2009 at 21:52
Meryl, it seems the roof caught fire (??electrical fault??) while a couple of workmen happened to be repairing a hole in the roof from the scaffolding you see in Paul's photo. They were unable to extinguish it, so it spread.
No, I never heard what exactly caused it. Act of God? Act of the Devil? Act of the Insurers? Anyway, all's well that ends well. I like Dixon Court flats which replaced it. I like the interior of the new St Paul's. But the building leaves me cold, even if it's supposedly inspired by a classical megaron. It does have its admirers on this site!
Comment by Meryl O'Neal on July 16, 2009 at 23:48
Thanks for the info OAE.
Comment by Teresa Wilson on February 5, 2017 at 18:09

Such a pity. I was christened there in about 1963 as were my brother's and sister in the late 50s and 60s respectively. I went to Sunday school and sang (not very well), in the choir. We got paid for weddings! I remember the vicar Mr Barraclough and I often used to play with his children in the vicarage. It was a lovely house. I also remember the Verger who I think was called Mr Blood (or it could've been Mr Flood). I imagine it was the former as I have vague memories of conjuring up images of Dracula. 

Comment by C Edwards on December 9, 2022 at 2:06

Confirmation classes & First Communication (Mr Barraclough)

I was married there

Went to Sea Rangers there (Skip & Cap), my sisters were Guides. Made many friends

Confirmation classes (Mr Barraclough) and First Communion

I was married there
My two children were christened there

Very many happy memories of a different Harringay 

  1. Was devastated by the fire - some of my history disappeared. Did not like the aggressive red brick replacement and never visited.

Memories still intact (for the moment), some photos

Comment by Richard Woods on December 9, 2022 at 12:35

Ironic it should happen on Ash Wednesday!

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