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An Excursion At Wood Green

I went to Turnpike Lane, as I was going to Cockfosters to be picked up by a friend from school. It is an ideal station to be picked up on the northern part of the M25.

I was ahead of time, so I got off at Wood Green, where my father had his printing works and had a walk round. The station itself is virtually unchanged from 1967 or so, which was the last time I used it. Although, the escalators have been modernised and passenger barriers have been installed. But this view is almost identical.

Wood Green Station

Except for a few details and the Ocado van.

I walked down Station Road took this picture of the works.

H Miller & Sons, Wood Green

Note that until perhaps twenty years or so ago,  there was a sign saying, H Miller and Sons, above the widest of the arches, which then had a pair of double doors. My father was one of the sons.

My father’s office in the building was at the top left, where new brickwork can be seen. I spent many an hour on a desk there as a young child sitting on a pile of leather bound ledgers watching the trains go to and from the now closed Palace Gates station.

In the photograph, you can also see the parapet, where my grandmother’s ginger cat went about its business in this tale.

Here is a photo of the Jolly Anglers, which hasn’t changed that much since my father used to illegally take me in for lunch in the 1950s.

The Jolly Anglers, Station Road, Wood Green

I also took a photo of where the Rex Cinema used to be.

Where the Rex Cinema in Wood Green Was

Many a day, I would go there, whilst my parents worked. It wasn’t that bad a cinema and was magnitudes better than the Essoldo in East Barnet, which had a collander for a roof.

January 20, 2012 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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  1. […] goes past Wood Green station, which I used to use regularly to get to my father’s printing […]

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  2. […] As a child, I used to spend hours with my Meccano or just with my father down at his print works in Wood Green. […]

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  3. […] I learned to type at about seven or eight on my father’s old Imperial in his office over the printing works in Wood Green. […]

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  4. […] I learned to type at about seven or eight on my father’s old Imperial in his office over the printing works in Wood Green. […]

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  5. […] I used to watch the old steam trains on this line in the 1950s, sitting on the ledgers at my father’s print works in Wood Green. […]

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  6. […] Seven Sisters to Palace Gates and I remember it well as a child, when I used to sit on ledgers in my father’s office in Station Road, Wood Green and watch the tank engines trundling up and down the […]

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  8. […] memories of Wood Green High Road go back a long way. My father’s print works was just around the corner in Station Road and I can still remember the trolley buses turning round […]

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