With many thanks to David Sexton for sending me this photo.
From the other side of the postcard: Posted 12.15 am May 31st 1906 at Finsbury Park PO to a friend in Slough, by somebody called I think Flo, who says “I am sending you a view of the road in which I live and hope you will like it.”
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Lovely picture. Surprised to see Venetian blinds in 1906. Always assume they were imported from Sweden in the 70s or similar story. Will have to look it up some time.
Venetians were very much a feature of Victorian and Edwardian houses. I even found some original Ladder ones recently, which sadly no one wanted.
Wow. How interesting! Is it time to start thinking about finding a space for our own Ladder Museum? (Although someone will think of a better name than that ) Perhaps the empty office space opposite the Salisbury pub could be donated. As far as I know it's been empty for about 10 years?!
No TV aerials, satellite dishes, traffic calming or cars ....just piles of horse droppings for the garden. Bliss
Looking at photo again, is that really horse droppings or a picture crying out for a bit of Photoshop makeover?
Correcting myself... the Museum of the Harringay Ladder would need to be housed in a classic Ladder house - as undisturbed as possible with regard to fixings and fittings, etc.
Laura, There may be some news about that building very soon of the sweet and sour sort. I know of a very promising house in Warham. Now all we need is £600k or so.
Huren, horse droppings I think or it would have fallen vicitm to my photoshop phinger.
Laura, the space you referred to opposite the Salisbury is available but I hear that the rent is extremely high. That's a very pretty photo Hugh. I used to get upset that all the ladder houses don't still look as they once were. But I have learned to be realistic. Once someone told me that they would rather have energy efficient windows, etc. and save the planet than maintain all the original aesthetic details. I guess I'm a romantic. David Sexton's article on the Harringay Ladder will be published in tomorrows Evening Standard, Homes & Property section! I look forward to reading that.
We lived at number 74, next to the alley, during the mid fifties until 1964. We had a lodger called Alice who used to sleepwalk and was brought back by the police, sometimes from Turnpike Lane.