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Wood Green In The War Years - a Memory of Wood Green.

Does anyone remember the fire station on Bounds Green RD ?? well that is where I lived from 1939 to 1948..#8 Firemens Flats. My father was a fireman and drove a huge Leyland Merriweather shining brass engine... There were about a dozen other families with children and my sister and I were the only girls...some of the firemen used to call us the two little princess's. Even though there was a war on, they were happy years ,we used to have allotments to grow veggies and such, there were chicken runs and rabbit hutches as each family tried to augment the poor rations. as such we did very well. I used to love walking down the old station path on my way to St Pauls Catholic school with a couple of friend Anne Meyers and Margaret McVady....I wonder what happened to them. We used to go to Alexandra Palace on weekends and if we were really lucky we might get a Walls ice cream or some potato crisps.. My brother was born on the firestation in 1946 ,the first child ever born there.. We used to walk down Jolly Butchers hill to the sweet shop and spend our pennies and rations on sweeties..I used to go down Trinity rd to the green grocer, and other shops which probably aren't there anymore, I remember Wells bakery where we would go for buns and bread fresh from the oven. In 1948 we emigrated to Canada and I have never been back to Wood Green, many years ago my parents took my brother to see where he was born...unfortunately it was no longer a firestation,but an ambulance base.... the allotments are gone and there is a street where they used to be, but, the railway lines still run back there. My brother used to love to sit on the embankment and watch the trains go buy..Fond memories of an old lady.
Rosaline( Pickersgill) Linhart Edmonton Alberta Canada


A memory shared by rlinhart on Apr 25th, 2015.
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Sun Dec 4th 2016, at 9:59 am
janiscoverdale commented:
you probably remember my dad, Bert Bishop.
Sat Dec 3rd 2016, at 11:26 am
e.saunders07 commented:
Yes, I was a Middlesex fireman from 1960 stationed at station 9 Fortis Green and we often stood by at Wood Green Fire Station (Station 11) Bounds Green Road. In those days they had a shiny stainless steel pump with also an accident ambulance, both on emergency calls. I went to school at White Hart Lane primary as well as Tottenham Sec Mod. I lived in my early years at Newnham Road, wood green.
Mon Jul 11th 2016, at 11:40 am
janiscoverdale commented:
I too lived in the firemans flats from 1951 to 1968, my dad was a fireman and the fire engine was a Dennis turntable ladder model.
We lived at number 2, which was at the left hand side top flat.
there were about ten children altogether and we played out from morning till tea time. We also used to walk to Alexandra palace to picnic ,or row on the lake, and roller skate. I remember shopping in Myddleton road, and Finsbury ave, and of course High Rd Wood Green.
We all enjoyed watching the firemen practicing on the tower with firemans lifts... not allowed any more.
I have been past about ten years ago, and it still looks the same, but there are no allotments and Imperial road is extended to the right behind the gardens of the flats. Also Eastern road etc are extended to where the coal trucks were.
It was a great way to spend a childhood.
Janis Coverdale (Nee Bishop) East Sussex

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