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Where has Bourlet’s clock gone? 

Look up if you are passing Costa Coffee and you will see that an old friend is missing. The casing is still there but the two faces of Bourlet’s clock, together with the mechanism, have been taken out. Of course … Continue reading

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Every street in Palmers Green #10: Two elderly folk from Mile End

If you fancy a modest little outing this weekend, wait for a break in the weather and put on a hat and coat. Turn left from Green Lanes at the Fox and then cross the road, passing under the majestic … Continue reading

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Every Street in Palmers Green #9: The wonder that was Grouts (now Skate Attack)

Talk to any Palmers Greener who has been here much more than a decade and the name Grouts will send them of into a trance of dreamy remembrance. The place with the cash railway, for schoolwear, for underwear, for you-just-couldn’t-get-anywhere-else … Continue reading

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Every street in Palmers Green #6: How Palmers Green went round in circles

If you think that nothing about Palmers Green has ever been cutting edge, then think again. Or perhaps not. In October 1910 John Cathles Hill, a speculative builder who had been responsible for much of the development of the Bowes … Continue reading

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Every street in Palmers Green #5: Ladies and Gentlemen, live from Palmers Green…

A giant mast towered above the Intimate Theatre, dwarfing neighbouring St Monica’s Church. Below, the car park buzzed with BBC crew, clutching clipboards and hurrying about with technical equipment. Inside the theatre, dressed up to the nines, the audience hummed … Continue reading

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Every street in Palmers Green #4: from the words of Miss Hum, great things come

On 8th May 1905 a tiny new school was opened Palmers Green at no 1 Osbourne Road, its founder a passionate 29 year old from Tottenham who had decided from the age of just three that it would be her … Continue reading

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