A Stoke Newington Life: Frederick Arthur Wirth’s Unseen Photos 1920-1970. By John Stuart Wirth

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  1. A Stoke Newington Life: Frederick Arthur Wirth’s Unseen Photos 1920-1970 By John Stuart Wirth 2. Two brothers, Johann Philipp & Valentin Wirth, emigrated from…
  • 1. A Stoke Newington Life: Frederick Arthur Wirth’s Unseen Photos 1920-1970 By John Stuart Wirth
  • 2. Two brothers, Johann Philipp & Valentin Wirth, emigrated from Germany to England in the 1850s/60s. Johann Philipp & his wife Jane Martha Harris settled in Stoke Newington in 1880 . One of their children, Frederick, was Frederick Arthur Wirth’s father. “A complete change in the character of the neighbourhood... One hears German and French now spoken at every street corner. Then, too, an immense number of houses have been changed into boarding-houses, in which younger foreigners largely reside.” ‘The Story of Green Lanes Wesleyan Church’ 1906, by Gregory A. Page
  • 3. The oldest photo in the collection circa 1885-1890 Middle back row, F A Wirth’s father Frederick (1873- 1947).
  • 4. Frederick Wirth had a single child, Frederick Arthur Wirth, who lived and/ or held office in Stoke Newington between 1918 and 1968
  • 5. As a young man, FA Wirth began taking photographs, a passion which continued throughout his life. At the rear of either 32 Aden Grove, or 201 Albion Road Early life One of his first cameras, a Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex
  • 6. The 201 Albion Road album, circa 1920 onwards
  • 7. Queen Elizabeth’s Walk looking north. 1960s block of flats ‘Drake Croft’ now stands where no 12 once stood.
  • 8. St Mary’s New Church c.1920 Designed Sir George Gilbert Scott. The consecration service took place in 1858 The spire was designed by John Oldrid Scott and added in 1890 F A Wirth’s father, Frederick Wirth married his 2nd wife Florence Helen Theobald here Frederick Wirth & Florence Amelia Emily Godbold, his first wife
  • 9. 201 Albion Road View taken from the southern junction of Hawksley Road & Albion Road where Barrie House on the Hawksley Court Estate now stands
  • 10. Hawksley Road house
  • 11. Raleigh Memorial chapel Albion Road
  • 12. Mr Wirth held office from the early 1920s, and continued to do so even after he had left Stoke Newington in the 1940s up until he left London in 1967 Green Lanes Methodist Church
  • 13. Park Lane (renamed Clissold Crescent in 1937) A milk delivery hand cart can be seen on the right. Park Lane Bridge is in the distance, crossing the New River, with what is possibly a warning sign on the left
  • 14. Referring to the section of the New River near Aden Terrace in ‘The Story of Green Lanes Wesleyan Church’ 1906, by Gregory A. Page: “the writer has heard Mr. Geikie tell of two attempts at suicide which have occurred there within his recollection. We know also of an instance in which a boy tumbled near the Chapel, and narrowly escaped drowning.” Demolished in 1931, a small plaque on the railings of Aden Terrace allotments is all that remains of Park Lane Bridge.
  • 15. London III.87, Revised: 1893, Published: 1895 The New River- a walk in the early 1900s
  • 16. Clissold House The path and railings on the Church Street side of the New River no longer exist
  • 17. The New River, Lordship Road Bridge Believed to be viewed from the bridge on Lordship Road, looking towards the East Reservoir on the right
  • 18. The New River, Woodberry Down Looking towards Ivy House sluice gate, and the cut leading into the East Reservoir Believed to be viewed from Woodberry Down Bridge
  • 19. OS London (Edition of 1894-96) XXI, Revised: 1893 to 1894, Published: 1896 Woodberry Down Bridge, 1896
  • 20. The New River This last photo believed to be looking north just before The Green Lanes Bridge in Haringay, at the end of a walk in the early 1900s
  • 21. Manor House before the underground arrived in the 1930s
  • 22. The 2nd album, circa 1920 - 1939
  • 23. Church Street looking towards the then Town Hall 1935-7 by J Reginald Truelove for the Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington
  • 24. Rear of the Town Hall “A good example of an inter-war complex of town hall and assembly hall, with particularly good materials and fine detailing.”
  • 25. Mr FA Wirth’s great uncle Valentin Wirth was a signatory on the 12000 strong petition of 1886 to save Clissold Park. Clissold Park
  • 26. Clissold Park rose gardens
  • 27. Clissold Park bowling green & pavilion
  • 28. Clissold Park looking south east from near the Beckmere lake.
  • 29. Final album, early 20th century
  • 30. View of Hawksley Road from 201 Albion Road
  • 31. Southern section of Hawksley Road bombed in WW2. Hawksley Court estate now stands in its place OS London (1915- Numbered sheets) II.15, Revised: 1913, Published: 1915 201 Albion Road
  • 32. Rear view from 201 Albion Road View of the nurseries on Church Path & the back gardens of Clissold Road beyond, Church Path in between
  • 33. OS London (1915- Numbered sheets) II.15, Revised: 1913, Published: 1915 Church Path (now Church Walk) once ran from Albion Parade to St Mary’s. The 1915 map shows a nursery with almost 20 greenhouses near the northern end.
  • 34. During WWII the church gave out 2 booklets to those on active service. Green Lanes Methodist Church,1930s or 1940s
  • 35. 1950s – 1960s colour transparencies Miscellaneous photos and negatives
  • 36. Green Lanes Methodist Church 1874 – 1968 Early 1950s Paradise Place can still be seen on the left of the church, where Prome & Ledo Houses now stand.
  • 37. Green Lanes Methodist Church 1950s
  • 38. Newington Green c.1950
  • 39. Clissold Park & Green Lanes looking south
  • 40. Clissold Park looking east
  • 41. Clissold Park deer enclosure, 1950s
  • 42. Clissold Park from the corner of Green Lanes & Church Street
  • 43. Clissold Park & St Mary’s old & new churches
  • 44. A Green Lanes Methodist Church wedding c.1968
  • 45. Green Lanes Methodist Church ceremony1969
  • 46. He passed away in 1979, but his wife survives him. She moved back to Stoke Newington in 1999, where she still lives. Frederick Arthur Wirth & Sylvia Blagbrough married in 1964. In 1967 they moved out of London to start a family...
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