The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 154
Had a request today so we find ourselves in Broad Lane, Seven Sisters and Tony’s Dry Cleaners. Apparently as well as cracking service he has a female mannequin in the shop that has been dressed the same for at least 4 years. So here’s from Martyn championing his local community. The name Seven Sisters is derived from seven elms which were planted in a circle with a walnut tree at their centre on an area of common land known as Page Green. The clump was known as the Seven Sisters by 1732.
In his early seventeenth-century work, Brief Description of Tottenham, local vicar and historian William Bedwell singled out the walnut tree for particular mention. He wrote of it as a local ‘arboreal wonder’ which ‘flourished without growing bigger’. He described it as popularly associated with the burning of an unknown Protestant. There is also speculation that the tree was ancient, possibly going back as far as Roman times, perhaps standing in a sacred grove or pagan place of worship.
97 Broad Lane, Seven Sisters, South Tottenham N15 4DW
©Barnaby Barford 2014