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Finsbury Park Bandstand

The New Band Stand, Finsbury Park (Photographed from an Aëroplane.)

I was sent this image by a bandstand enthusiast who scanned it from a postcard. The postcard is undated, but from it being photographed from an "aëroplane" and that the women's costumes seem to be Edwardian, I would date it between 1909 (the first powered flights in the UK) and the early years of WW I (I imagine HM Gov. would have been requisitioning anything and anyone that flew for military purposes during WW I, particularly for aerial photography.)

From the hill in the distance, the camera seems to be pointing NN-E, in which case the shadow indicates the photograph was taken in the afternoon, the bandstand is just south of the "boating lake" (or "duck pond", as I've always known it), and some sort of restaurant or tea room (it looks as if there are long tables under a sort of verandah) is more or less where the boat hire cabin is now.

The gentleman who owns the postcard pointed out that the frame of the bandstand was of timber (cheap!), so it wouldn't have lasted like some of the Victorian cast iron stands that still survive today.

This might be a bit fanciful, but zooming in on the bandstand, it appears to have equipment in there, as if a band was set up to play, but they've all gone for a break. Sunday afternoon in the park? (On second thought, this is unlikely; there are no chairs out for the audience.)

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Comment by Hugh on August 12, 2017 at 14:51

Great photo. Thanks for adding. This 1937 OS map suggests that your orientation for the direction of the photo is pretty accurate.

(Love the use of a dieresis over the 'e' of aeroplane.)

As far as the wooden construction is concerned. I think this was the most commonly used material during Edwardian times. The elaborate cast iron structures were Victorian. 

Comment by EMC2 on August 13, 2017 at 15:15

Seems the "Socialists" were gathering near a bandstand in 1889. Good to see Trolls were active then too.

and the newer stand was probably erected in 1905-6ish...

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