My name is Richard Hadingham. I was born on 1st May, 1945 at Clapton, E5, but lived in Wargrave Avenue, South Tottenham, N15 for the first twenty years of my life. At the age of five I started school at Crowland Infants’, going up to Crowland Juniors’ until 1956 when I graduated to Markfield School, now known as Gladesmore Community School, leaving there in 1959.
Having paternal grandparents residing in Markfield Road, and maternal grandparents in nearby Wakefield Road, many of my most vivid childhood memories and experiences inevitably revolve around that particular part of South Tottenham and, of course, the joy of playing in Markfield Recreation Ground. My father worked on the Railways as a Signalman at Tottenham South Junction signal box, which was situated very close to the River Lea and the Moselle outlet. Countless contented hours were spent watching the steam trains passing by or helping my Dad on his large allotment adjacent to the signal box. The barges plying their trade to the numerous Timber Yards along the River Lea were also of interest, originally horse-drawn, but later being replaced by tugs. These were halcyon days indeed and rank among some of the happiest times of my life.
I eventually departed from the London area for deepest Lincolnshire towards the end of 1980, but still retain a keen interest in local history and return to South Tottenham at every available opportunity, although I cannot say in all honesty that the surroundings have generally improved since I lived there. It does, however, greatly please me to see the re-generation of Markfield Park and Beam Engine, and it has also been a particular delight to visit Pistachios in the Park on a number of occasions in recent years. The food and service is second to none and highly recommended.
Richard Hadingham, former resident of N15