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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

High Road, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
High Road, New Southgate

This was the main shopping centre for the area until the 1960s. The steeple in the background is the Methodist Church, which was built in 1899. This postcard dates from 1905
Picture added on 21 September 2009 at 16:19
My parents managed a newsagents shop in this High street in the fifties. Can't remember its name, but there was a shop next door which charged batteries (accumulators). I lived above the shop for about two years. Great little array of mostly privately owned shops. I remember Edens the Greengrocers, Took Carol Eden their daughter to see Johnny Ray at the London Palladium
Added by Tony Brooks on 27 November 2012
Tony, the newsagents shop you mentioned was probably Stubbs. It was next to Douglas', which was a toy shop, but I'm told also charged batteries. Eden's had greengrocers shops on both sides of the High Road. A couple of years ago a collection of memories was put together by former residents of New Southgate, who knew the High Road and shops well.
Added by Colin Barratt on 28 November 2012
Is there any one who still remembers any of the shops and what did the high road look like befor the 1970s
Added by Simon on 11 March 2013
Simon, If you do a search on this site for High Road, New Southgate, you will see many photos of the High Road shops. There is also a map and list of High Road shops in the "Memories" book.
Added by Colin Barratt on 12 March 2013
Thank you Colin I will look and see what I can discover.
Added by Simon on 14 April 2013
I lived on the corner of High Road and Alexandra Road, above Simpkins furniture shop in the early sixties.
Added by Janet on 01 June 2013
I lived in South Road in the fifties. I can remember Simpkins, Stubbs, and the Fish and Chip shop. On the corner of South Road and the High Road was Banks the grocers, and opposite side of the High Road was Perks grocers. There was Walters the haberdashers, also in the High Road. My sister worked at Antars, which was on the other corner of South Road, which made men's clip on ties, and the shop sold clothes.

Added by Jean Darnell on 06 July 2013
Thanks everyone who commented on the old memories of the High Road shopping area. What did any think of the 1970s regeneration of the High Road? It seemed to ruin the area and the community that lived there at the time. Would anyone like to comment on this?

Added by Simon walsh on 17 July 2013
I lived above the newsagents shop in the High street in the fifties and also lived in the bungalow in Palmers Road which i beleive is still there. went to garfield Road primary School. We also used to collect Train numbers on the old wooden bridge at bew southgate station, Took me a couple of years before I spotted Mallard. Recently stood alongside this train at Railway museum York. felt tears running down my cheeks to see the old train again. Thank you Colin, Yes that newsagents was called Stubbs. Went to both Cubs and Scouts at the Methodists Church in the high street probably in the fifties.
Went back about twelve years ago and the place was unrecognisable. Also sung in the choir at St. Pauls Church.
Added by Tony brooks on 23 February 2014
Once again there is a reunion of past Garfield people, and any one who played football for any club in the New Southgate area, or if you lived in or around the N11 area in 40s 50s 60s 70s etc. Share your memories of the past, lots of books and photos to be seen and got. Don't let your memories be forgot. Come along to the Con Club 19 High Road N11 on May 23rd, 12 noon till late, free buffet. Any questions phone 01782 832 535.
Added by Jim on 03 May 2015
CORRECTION it's 147 the High Rd N11 the Con Club. SORRY
Added by Jim on 09 May 2015
Thank you Colin. You are correct. Stubbs was the name of thr shop that my parents ran for a couple of years. I bought a pet snake and it managed to escape. Luckily I found it slithering down the stairs towards the shop. Imagine if it had entered the shop we would have had police, etc etc
Added by Tony Brooks on 27 May 2015
Lived in the High Rd (52) (nearer North Circular Rd) in the 60's went to Garfield School,went to the cubs. Lived above the Dolls Hospital shop and next to us was the Butchers (Smiths?) on one side and a Sweet Shop (Connews?) on the other, in the same Row was a Radio Rentals shop, a shoe shop and a Cafe (Stayces?) on Lower Park Rd.
Added by Gordon Cameron on 05 September 2016
Gordon, my dad had a TV shop at 56 High Road, could that have been the radio rental shop you mentioned?
Added by Jimmy Sheehan on 15 March 2019
Yes think that was the TV Shop, my memory thought it was called Radio Rentals for some reason, is that right ?
Added by Gordon on 21 March 2019
Dont think it was Radio Rentals because I worked for that company years later for over twelve years and would have realised the co incidence. It did sell and possibly rent radios but I so remember going in there and the floor was full of batteries being charged or accumulators.Think he repaired a couple of radios for us.
Added by Tony Brooks on 22 March 2019
If you go into our main website and click on 'Shops' then 'High Road N11' you will see lists of all the shops in New Southgate over the years
Added by David Berguer, Chairman on 22 March 2019
Dad had the shop during the 60's, he repaired TV's and radios and also rented out TV's we moved out 68/69. i loved the area but the council decimated it by pulling down the houses in Lower Park Road, Curtis Road and Palmers Road and building sub standard high rise flats
Added by Jimmy Sheehan on 25 March 2019
My uncle had the bicycle shop at 100 High Road (Oakleigh Cycles-Andrew Romanini). My father was a watch and clock repairer and had his workshop above the bicycle shop.I was born there in 1952. When my father died in 1963 we moved to Italy where my mother's family lived. My memories are frozen that date. I remember most of the shops listed (thanks Mr. David Berguer and friends).
Added by Paul Louis Romanini on 26 August 2019
My parents ran Stubbs the newsagent from approx 1958 until 1964. I went to Garfield and then Arnos School .
Added by John Jenkins on 14 June 2020
I remember Stubbs. I had a paper round their when I was about 13. They were lovely people. It is such a shame that the powers that be at the time decimated the whole area
Added by Jimmy Sheehan on 14 June 2020
I remember Stubbs the newsagent. My mum bought me some framed pictures of the Beatles from Stubbs when Beatlemania was just taking off. There was also a fish and chip shop, a Gas Shop and a grocery store in the High Road, and a doctor’s surgery. I think the doctor was Dr Rees. There was also a police station near Garfield Road School. Does anyone remember the bakery on the corner of Station Road and Alexandra Road. From memory I think there was also a ball bearing factory in Alexandra Road. I lived above Simpkins and went to Garfield Road School. I can remember a Mr Buttons and a Mr Morgan at the school. We went to Australia in 1965. Been back and couldn’t believe how much the area had changed.
Added by Janet Sarquis (Pendrigh) on 15 June 2020
I remember buying toy cars, chewing gum, ice cream and lollipops from Stubbs. I also remember that I sometimes went above the newsagents to play with a child my age. Maybe it was you Tony Brooks? It was in the 50s or early 60s.

Added by Paul Louis Romanini on 15 June 2020
the name of the Bakers on the corner of Alexandra Road was Acres. My family lived at 22 Alexandra Road from 1900 to 1969. All the streets were demolished. There was also a leather factory opposite our house, it was called Fells.
Added by Sue Wilson Nee Davies on 27 June 2020
Mr Mahoney had a hardware shop on the corner of Garfield Road. He sold paraffin and heaters and accumulators.
Added by Valerie Smith ( was Drake) on 11 January 2022
From memory I think the hardware shop also sold plants from time to time and I also think there was a butcher shop in the High Road. Hi Sue Wilson. Just read your post about living in Alexandra Road. I lived on the corner of Alexandra Road and High Road above Simpkins furniture shop from 1962 to 1965 so may have played with you in Alexandra Road
Added by Janet Sarquis née Pendrigh on 12 January 2022
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