Esoteric London

No. 299: Hornsey Road, N7

Posted in Transport by esotericlondon on April 21, 2011

Hornsey Road, London, N7. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

From Ward Lock and Co.’s Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to London, 44th edition, 1923:

The number of accidents in streets within the Metropolitan police district has during the last few years shown a slight dimunition, due in part to the greater publicity given to “safety first” principles. The best advice is, Keep a sharp look-out in all directions, especially where there are converging thoroughfares or turnings at right angles. At some of the most crowded crossings, as at the Bank, Mansion House station, the Elephant and Castle, and the northern ends of Westminster and Blackfriars Bridges, there are subways for pedestrians; and at all important centres constables are stationed to regulate the traffic. Use a mid-street refuge wherever available, and be especially careful if the roads are greasy. Above all, do not get flurried. The rule for vehicles to keep to the left, pedestrians to the right. Attempts have been made to reverse the pedestrian rule, so far with but little success. In all the principal thoroughfares are ambulance stations, or ambulance ‘calls’, and the police are trained to render first aid. Motor ambulances are promptly available on receipt of a telephone call.