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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

All shiny and brand new just after its September opening. The new shops to the right of the picture have yet to be occupied. To the left of the picture, the Langham Road Flats are yet to be built and there's what looks like a garage at the junction of Langham and Graham Roads.

Also previously unnoticed by yours truly, I see that what later became known as "the mushroom"/"the umbrella" supports a ring of four lights high on the air. I assume this was some kind of wayfinder - or the architect's proud flourish.

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Comment by Tony on November 28, 2018 at 13:18

I didn't know it was known as the mushroom. I always knew it as the umbrella.

Comment by Hugh on November 28, 2018 at 13:40

Tony, if you knew it as the umbrella, I'm sure you're right. I didn't live here at the time. 

Comment by Tony on November 28, 2018 at 16:46

This was back in the 60's and 70's. Maybe it was known as the mushroom in its earlier days. Any idea when and why it was removed ?

Comment by Hugh on November 28, 2018 at 18:02

I think it's likely that there was more than one name for it. Some around at the time called it the mushroom; others called it the umbrella. As for when it disappeared, the latest photo I have showing it is 1968 and the oldest one without it is 1980. So I imagine it went at some point during the 1970s.

Comment by Tony on November 28, 2018 at 19:10

It must have gone while I was still living in Wood Green but didn't notice at the time. I seem to remember the first shop to the right of the station in this pic being a Lyons cafeteria and after that closed it became a Dr. Barnados charity shop.

Comment by Jeremyb on November 30, 2018 at 11:03

The Ritz/ABC Cinema and it's adjoining shops are also still to be built (far right of photo beyond the bus)- the cinema opened in December 1935.

Comment by Richard Woods on December 5, 2018 at 17:09

My gran lived in the flats soon after they were built. I seem to recall an Express Dairy cafeteria in the shop to the right of the station?

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