Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wood Green

Continuing the theme of random London suburbs, today's visit is to Wood Green.

A short walk down from Alexandra Palace station leads you to Cambridge House in Mayes Road.

This is a fantastic looking building, with a lovely copper-surrounded clock.

The date on the clock (MDCCCXCVII) translates as 1897, and a little research reveals that this building was originally the headquarters of the confectioners Barratt & Co. Parts of the factory buildings nearby are now named the Chocolate Factory and host a wide range of small businesses.

Retracing our steps, we then turn east onto Station Road, past the "I Love Wood Green" sign....

....and then left up High Road. Here at the junction with Bounds Green Road we find the church of St Michael's. I couldn't find any information on this building, so you will just have to look at the pictures.



Walking up Bounds Green Road you can look across Trinity Gardens to another church.

In fact this is St Mary's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, purchased from the Methodist Church in 1970.

I couldn't resist this shop of the clock through the empty sign frame of the closed The Prince pub.

Back on High Road heading north, I spotted this empty frame on a school uniform shop. Looks like it could well have housed a clock.

Heading back south, it is time for a quick peek into the booking hall of Wood Green underground station.

The station, designed by Charles Holden, was built as part of the Piccadilly Line extension opened in September 1932.

Just to the south is a Morrisons supermarket, a company which is good at providing clocks on its stores. and the wood Green branch doesn't disappoint, although the design is not that exciting.

And then no more clocks heading south along High Road until we reach Turnpike Lane underground station. This one looks an awful lot like the one at Wood Green at first glance....

....but a comparison shows that the design of the hands is considerably different.:

Were they originally the same and one set has been subsequently replaced?

Whatever the answer is, there is another completely different clock design down at platform level.

From where we jump on the Tube and end our little visit to Wood Green.

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