Prefab recollections of John Canham. St Malo Avenue, Edmonton, London N9

I was born in 1949 and my first memories around 1952/3 were of our prefab in St Malo Avenue in Edmonton London N 9. I was the youngest of 3. My father was already confined to a wheelchair so living on one level was ideal. Although we had a huge overgrown garden ( which the TOC H used to help with) , it was a paradise for for kids. I remember the layout quite well and its amenities were better than what we had later in a two storey council house. It was of course all asbestos cement sheeting but I don’t think it presented any danger to us………….unbroken of course!. My father had a three wheeled invalid carriage which was garaged in a timber garage in the front garden. He would take the 3 of us in his carriage to Pickets Lock to fish. There were a few other prefabs around us and further down the road, the remains of the old greyhound track totally overgrown but a haven for kids. However, the prefab was only two bedrooms so around 1954, we were relocated to a 3 bedroom house. Fond memories but sadly no photographs of that time. John Canham

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