We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of local historian Graham Dalling, who died on Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer.
If you are interested in the history of the area, you cannot fail to have come across Graham Dalling’s many books including Enfield Past, Southgate and Enfield Past, The Enfield Book, All Stations to Enfield Town, and Southgate and Edmonton Street Names. Always able to string a story together from a maelstrom of facts, clues and documentation, all meticulously researched, his style was entertaining and well-informed.
Born in 1949, Graham joined Enfield Library service in 1967 and qualified as a librarian in 1972. With David Pam, he was instrumental in setting up the local history team which had its home for many years in Palmers Green, bringing together an archive which included newspapers, historic documents, photos and other records, and conducting his own original research. He was involved in many local organisations, including the Enfield Society, of which he was a director, and the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society.
Graham’s passion for Enfield and our local history never waned. He told This is Local London in April 2009 on his retirement from the library
“As citizens of Enfield we need to know who we are, where we come from and what we stand for.”
You can hear Graham talking about the suburbanization of Southgate in this clip from 2012’s N21 festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3DKWGzcLO8