Crowds in the Town waved Union Jacks and cheered as our lads marched up Windmill Hill to board trains which were to take them to a war which few of them would survive. The post-war years saw endemic unemployment made worse by the rapid closure of the war industries. But the shoots of a more prosperous future were already emerging in the growth of the new electrical industries like Ediswans, Cosmos, Bellings and Enfield Cable. There was a chronic shortage of houses. Yet for most people in Enfield, life steadily improved.
In the years before the Second World War much of Enfield was rapidly covered by new estates of houses for sale, the uncontrolled spread of which was limited at last by the creation of a Green Belt. The cinema and wireless provided entertainment. men drank less and had smaller families, and some working-class parents were able to send their children to grammar school. Hard back with dust jacket.
A history of Enfield. Volume 3 1914 to 1939: A desirable neighbourhood by David Pam. Enfield : Enfield Preservation Society, 1992; 368 pages; 24cm. ISBN 0 907318 12 6
Cover picture: Tram Terminus, Enfield Town.