Memories of 321 White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London N17.

321 White Hart Lane, Tottenham N17
Reg Matthews
Reg and Beryl Matthews

I lived there shortly after my birth in Nov 1945 and believe the prefabs in White Hart Lane were demolished not long after I left home in 1967.  My family Reg and Beryl Matthews, sons John and Stuart lived throughout, although the prefabs were initially supposed to be short term. Beryl and Reg left 321 White Hart Lane in the autumn of 1970.

My own memories of the prefab are very fond.
‘’Not too any many council properties were detached with a good size front and back garden. The location was great for us kids…jumping over the back fence put us in the recreation field.
Throughout the year, after school, there was always a game of football or cricket to be played there involving all the local kids with wide age differences. All we needed were coats for goal post and a set of cricket stumps.
The prefab was well designed and had two bedrooms, a kitchen with drop down table, a lounge with coal fire, and separate toilet and bathroom.
Perhaps my strongest memory was it’s insulation. There was none……and that meant It was absolutely boiling in the summer and absolutely freezing in the winter. We did not look forward to having a bath in the winter!!’’

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  • Dear Karen, the prefabs were on a recreation ground opposite the end of Rowland Hill Avenue and either side of the nursery school which is still there but has been re-built. A link to the 1955 map is here https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=51.60628&lon=-0.08829&layers=173&b=1

    best wishes, Jane

    By Jane Hearn (12/08/2021)
  • I’m trying to get an image of where these were – would they be where New River Sports centre is now? Because I used to run over that field and I remember some foundations on that side of the road. We moved to Norfolk Avenue around the time they must have been demolished. The bread factory and Corona factory were still there when we moved.

    By Karen (12/08/2021)
  • Stuart,
    My name is Gordon Oliver. We played rugby together at TGS. I was scrum half you were fly half.
    Happy days I remember well.
    Found this post on I Grew up in Tottenham website.

    By Gordon Oliver (28/01/2021)
  • I remember you Stuart you went to Devonshire hill school I’m sure we were in the same class.

    By Phyllis Hines nee lentz (27/01/2021)

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