Funny how names contain our past, isn't it? This name Aldermans Hill never meant anything for me than: the main street next to Derwent Road, the thoroughfare to such places as Broomfield Park, to Green Lanes, to Southgate via Cannon Hill, yet somehow it meant a great deal because it was all that. It was the street where my first English shops were situated, where Palmers Green station straddled the railway line. I remember a time when I was too small to look over the bridge and actually see this amazing phenomenon: the rumbling train leave the station underneath and depart towards Winchmore Hill and Enfield (where one day I would go, when I joined Mark at St Ignatius). To actually see the train roll away, taking its passengers to unknown destinations contained a thrill I don't know how to explain (check here).
At the end of Aldermans Hill, the Triangle was at one stage the furthermost point known to me: only later was I allowed to venture in Green Lanes and further. For a long time, I couldn't connect Arnos Grove Tube station, where Grandma came to fetch us with her car, and Derwent Road: it was just too far! And even later, when I was perhaps 16, I knew very little of Palmers Green. Let's see: I was familiar with the area around Broomfield Park (Auntie Olive took us to the Library), down Green Lanes to the Catholic church, Fox Lane to Selbourne Road and back to Derwent Road. I would have been able to find my way back if I had been forgotten at Southgate Tube station, and how to go to AB's home in Hamilton Crescent. One day I remember I ventured around the corner and discovered Hazelwood Lane Primary, where I had been told we had gone to school as infants... I realize that my geography of Palmers Green was strictly restricted to the places where I needed to go, and that the rest was out of sight and out of mind. I simply enjoyed my little comfortable world around Derwent Road!
was named after Alderman William Curtis who lived in a large house called Cullands Grove, later to become part of the Old Park Estate. To the east side of the house there was a small lake or fish pond roughly triangular in shape which contained two islands. The lake was roughly where Derwent Road now joins Aldermans Hill. Each side of the triangle was roughly 140 metres. It was one of many ponds in the area which have now disappeared along with their wildlife." "The long water on the south side of Aldermans Hill was used by horses and carriages to quietly splash their way through on a hot summers day. Sometimes the horses refused to budge further until forced to by their driver. "
And here's another picture of the pond!
Here are some photos and views of Aldermans Hill from here and there on the net:
Wow, there was this tall tree in the middle of the pavement! Below is almost the same view but under the snow.
(above) The info says 1896!...
And this one 1905... or so!
(above) this could have been the ramp coming up to the station
The tree was still there at The Triangle.
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Here's a new photo from the top of Alderman's Hill, a bit blurry, though. Probably taken in the 1910's or so.
some extra photos:
Above is Coronation day in 1937
1/11/2014: Noel send me this link, which contains an interesting article about the history of the Alderman's Hill:
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