Never looked like that in my day... did it?
What you see at the head of this and the next few pages is a remarkable night shot of a 19th century housing estate in Harringay, north London that became known for visible reason as The Ladder. It is where I spent the formative years of my life from 1946 to 1964. I am the webmaster here, Richard Woods and I am writing this for others as well as myself.
The others in particular are my daughters and their children - two generations removed from my life and times. They may read, they may not. If they do I hope they gain something of an insight into what life was like for a child and a teenager, for his parents and friends in the world that followed the horrors of world war.
For my part getting it down has been helpful - as we age it seems our minds tend to track across our memories and doing it consciously has helped keep it in order. I have been surprised at how poor in parts my memory is.
Thanks to a remarkable web site - Harringay On Line - I have been able to fill some gaps. More critically their willingness to allow me to raid their archives has provided a host of images without which my turgid prose would have clogged horribly. I am immensely grateful to Hugh and his team. I am even more grateful for what I find on their site and their regular 'ketchup' messages. Go see for yourselves HERE
I am also grateful to others and I will credit them in due course. I have nicked pictures of course - only in thumbnail format and I shall give links to many useful resources at the end of these pages. SO, if you want to, START HERE or use the INDEX below right
These pages are under construction and so subject to change and addition continuously.
All errors and omissions are mine own. If you want to comment, correct, or add anything please use the form below.
If you ever wonder about Harringay and Haringey here is a good place to find the answer.