1950s: Cole's Pottery, White Hart Lane, Tottenham - social life
contributed by Frank Marden, an employee at Cole's Pottery
The annual outing from the pottery
At the Cole Pottery, there was an annual works outing by coach, usually
to Southend. The firm didnít take part or contribute, nor did they give
us time any time off, so the trip was organised on a Saturday afternoon
after work. The cost worked out about four shillings a head, and that included
beer, sandwiches, and the cost of the coach. The beer crates were piled
three high down the middle of the coach. In those days, Southend was a popular
destination for works outings as well as from the local pub (the White Hart).
I went on several over the years, but I think we only reached the coast
on two occasions. Most times the beer ran out and we ended up at the 'Tar
Pot' pub on the way. [According to a report from another employee,
Sid Cole gave half a crown to everyone who went
on the outing.]
Left to right:
Back row: 1? , 2 Leslie Rodway, 3?, 4?,
Dick Smith, 6 Frank Marden, 7 Dennis Fossey, 8 (with top hat) Bob Callow
Middle row: 1 Charlie Damon, 3?, 4?, 5?,
6?, 7?, 8 (at far end) Wren?
Front row: 1 Bill Eames?, 2?, 3 Peter
Marden, 4 Ted Callow, 5?, 6 David Tubbs, 7 Bill Eames?
Photo courtesy of Leslie Rodway whose brother
worked at the pottery and went on the Cole's outings along with various
employees from the adjacent
South's Pottery. Leslie reports that there
was a lot of camaraderie between the workers at the two potteries, many
of whom had worked at the other pottery at one time or another.
The outing from the local pub
The following photo is from a 1950s outing from the local pub, 'The
White Hart', and probably includes some of the pottery workers as most
of them lived locally (in the square opposite the pub, others in Devonshire
Road or Rowland Hill etc).
Key: 4 Alfie Elde, 5 Bill Marden (father
of Frank), 6 Mr. Wagg (known as "Blind Wagg") with white stick.
(Lived with the Dewson Family), 7 Joe Risley, 8 George Hockley
(part obscured, 9 Frank Marden, 10 Joe Dewson (father of Ted Dewson),
11 Joey Halligan, 12 Harry Davis, 13 Mr Davis (Harry's father), 14 Charlie
Laver, 18 ? Mr Chanbury?, 19 Mr. Jones, 23 Percy Vaughn, 24 George Gapper,
25 Ronnie Searle, 26 Ted (Buster) Dewson, 27 Mr Gapper (father of George
The local football team
This photo shows the local football team, Eldertree F.C. c1952/4
which played on Sunday mornings at Wood Green Town ground in the Edmonton
and District League.
Standing - left to right: 1 Mr Elder, 2
Con Duggan (Manager and Club Steward, Wood Green F C), 3 Ray Elder,
4 David Humm, 5 Albert Berritt, 6 Albert Langton,
7 ?, 8 Geoffrey Gardner, 9 Jimmie Duncan (trainer),
Sitting, left to right: 1 Ronnie Flintoff, 2 Pat Duggan,
3 ?, 4 Frankie Smith, 5 ? Hudson, 6 Tommy Enson,
Can you help?
I am eager to contact descendants of anyone who was associated with
the Cole Pottery during this time.
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