Monday, July 25, 2011

Farewell to Crouch End UNISON Office (and former Victorian Railway station)

On Saturday morning I went with other volunteers to help our Branch staff move office.  UNISON Housing Association Branch (before UNISON it was NALGO) has been based at 83 Crouch End Hill,
Haringay, N8 for about 20 years.

It's now time to move out of our Victorian former railway station (we believe) to a more modern and accessible office right next to an open
London railway station.

The branch originally was part of the Greater London Council (GLC) NALGO branch. Moira, the current branch manager (2nd left in photo) was first employed by the branch as a part time worker when we only had 500 members and shared the Crouch End premises with Voluntary Organisations branch (VOB). The Housing Association branch (HAB) now has around 3500 members in 180 different employers mostly in Greater London.

The "Arts and crafts" fair flyer to the left is based on an original post card of Crouch End Station
viewed from Horney Lane.

We think the postcard dates from the Victorian or Edwardian era and the old branch office can be just seen to the left of the main (now long demolished) station building (double click to bring up detail).

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