"Never ending;" they said. "Carrying things into the van, driving a few rules and carrying them out again. Families with pianos, fanilies without pianos; easing furniture down narrow staircases or up basement steps; tea at both ends till it came out of your ears." People from all over Hornsey were arriving at the new houses as if they were coming to a fair.

Beds were put up and a fire was soon alight in the cold house. At first the smoke billowed out into the room but, as the chimney warmed the fire began to draw better. We older children kept dashing to the sink in the kitchen to see if the water from the back-boiler behind the fire had started to run hot. This patented boiler had been well advertised in the Council's description of the houses and was a wonder. The living-loom fire would heat that room as an ordinary open fire, heat the oven behind, and alco heat the hot water for the sink and bath, Economical, efficient, and 'modern'. We had come from the upper half of a house in Florence Road, Stoud Green. The original kitchen of the house was in the lower flat, so all our cooking arrangements upstairs had been improvised. We had had


The 1935 Ordnance Survey map showing the complete estate,
the newly built Coldfall School and the earlier houses in that that part of Creighton Avenue.

 

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