EAW043289 ENGLAND (1952). The Duple Coachbuilding Works on Edgware Road, The Hyde, 1952. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.

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Title [EAW043289] The Duple Coachbuilding Works on Edgware Road, The Hyde, 1952. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing.
Reference EAW043289
Date 23-May-1952
Place name THE HYDE
Easting / Northing 521693, 188569
Longitude / Latitude -0.24342220574106, 51.582350197997
National Grid Reference TQ217886


This looks like a road safety demonstration by a traffic police unit (perhaps from the Met driving school at Hendon). I remember a similar such visit to my old primary school. They came along with their vehicles and a motorbike and acted out various scenarios.

The Laird
Friday 13th of January 2023 11:22:28 PM
Blacksmiths Used to be able to watch the shoeing of the Shires from Schweppes before going into school 1946

Monday 9th of January 2017 11:25:02 PM

Monday 9th of January 2017 11:15:50 PM
Deerfield Cottages

Monday 9th of January 2017 11:12:32 PM
Deerfield Bowling Green

Monday 9th of January 2017 11:11:48 PM
Vauxhall Wyvern Saloon (LIX). The Vauxhall Wyvern is a medium-sized family car introduced by Vauxhall in 1948 as a successor to the Vauxhall 12. The name comes from the mythical beast the wyvern, and may be due to a misidentification of the heraldic griffin on the Vauxhall badge. The L series Vauxhall Wyvern along with the Velox were Vauxhall's first post-war new models; incorporating American influence, it started production in September 1948 and finished in July 1951. Many of these went for export to help the British economy. The Wyvern was fitted with a 1442 cc four-cylinder engine with 35 bhp with a top speed of 62 mph. The optional extras available were a radio/heater/foglight. These vehicles are forgotten classics with very few surviving.

Billy Turner
Monday 9th of May 2016 09:05:51 PM
Austin A135 Princess II. Austin Princess I, II and III - In 1947, Austin produced two virtually identical chassis, one for the A110 (later A125 Sheerline, built entirely by Austin at their Longbridge factory) and the A120 (later A135) chassis used by Vanden Plas to produce the Princess at their Kingsbury works (North London). Although Vanden Plas was by now wholly owned by Austin and much of the running gear and instrumentation was the same in the two cars, the Princess was the Austin flagship, with a higher specification leather, wool and burr walnut interior. The original Princess was powered by a 3.5-litre straight six engine. This was enlarged to a 4.0-litre unit without further modifications. The Princess was often built to order. Customers could specify the colour required and a range of different setups were available. These included triple or single carburetors and twin or single exhaust systems. Whilst the sportier multiple carb version performed better, it tended to achieve only 12 to 14 mpg. The single carb however gave slightly better fuel consumption . Performance was very good for a car of its size, with a top speed of 90 mph (140 km/h) and acceleration 0 to 60 mph of 20 seconds. In 1950, the Limousine version was introduced. The chassis length and passenger area were enlarged to enable a pair of drop down seats to be mounted on the rear of the front seats and a glass division was standard. All of these early cars are now extremely rare, especially the saloon versions. Many of the saloons were converted for use as taxis in the late 1950s, fitted with Perkins diesel engines to overcome economy issues. During the life of this model (in 1952), Austin became part of the British Motor Corporation (BMC).

Billy Turner
Monday 9th of May 2016 08:43:55 PM
School Activity Day...

Billy Turner
Monday 9th of May 2016 08:27:06 PM
I'd go further. I'd say that a road safety display team from the local Met Police traffic garage were paying the school a visit on this day. There is also a motor cycle parked up at the bottom left and a couple of other vehicles nearby.

I remember the same thing taking place at my primary school, which was not so many miles away from here.

The Laird
Thursday 19th of April 2018 08:02:05 PM
Ford Prefect E93A. The Ford Prefect is a line of British cars which was produced by Ford UK between 1938 and 1961 as a more upmarket version of the Ford Popular and Ford Anglia models. It was introduced in October 1938 and remained in production until 1941; returning to the market in 1945, it was offered till 1961. The car progressed in 1953 from its original perpendicular or sit-up-and-beg style to a more modern three-box structure. Some versions were also built and sold by Ford Australia. Like its siblings, the car became a popular basis for a hot rod, especially in Britain, where its lightweight structure and four-cylinder engines appealed to builders.

Billy Turner
Monday 9th of May 2016 08:12:13 PM
Wolseley 18/85 (1938 to 1948)Police Car. Includes video of the sound of the siren in those days.

Billy Turner
Saturday 7th of May 2016 09:30:31 PM
Austin FX3. The Austin FX3 is a taxicab that was sold in the United Kingdom by Austin from 1948 to 1958. It was designed to comply with the Metropolitan Police Conditions of Fitness for London taxicabs, but was used in other towns and cities in the UK. It was commissioned from Austin by taxi dealers Mann & Overton and built by Carbodies of Coventry on a chassis supplied by Austin.

Billy Turner
Saturday 7th of May 2016 09:08:19 PM
2 X Fordson Thames ET6 Trucks. In 1949 Ford of Britain presented the Fordson Thames ET6 and ET7 replacing the Fordson 7V, they were the first new postwar trucks of Ford in Europe.

Billy Turner
Saturday 7th of May 2016 08:49:34 PM
Hendon Court House.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:34:18 AM
Goldsmiths Ave.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:33:35 AM
The Hyde School.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:21:55 AM
GPO sorting office.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:21:15 AM
My Dad was a postman and driver here during the 1950's and 60's until he retired in the mid 1970's. They always organised a Christmas Party for the staff's kids, my younger sister and I went to a few. The GPO was a good solid employer then, sadly not anymore. The Post Office Fellowship had hotels and holiday sites all around the country run for the benefit of the members. One in Westgate-on-Sea, Ledge Point appears on this web site, great place for a couple of weeks for a child brought up in a working class North London council home. Something I have never forgotten.

Sunday 5th of October 2014 08:09:28 PM
The Duple coach factory; the factory was built in 1926 when Duple moved from Hornsey. The factory was extended in 1934 when they bought Cowleaze House.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:20:25 AM
Romac Industries Ltd, motoring accessories manufacturer.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 08:44:20 AM

User Comment Contributions

My Uncle Jim Green was a coach builder here for quite a few years. We always made sure the coach we went on to the seaside in was a Duple built coach. They don't build them like them anymore, full of character and no air-con?

Sunday 5th of October 2014 08:12:34 PM
This image, primarily to show Duples, also shows the GPO sorting office, Romacs where my mother-in-law worked, and the Hendon Court House too.

Saturday 23rd of August 2014 10:40:41 AM