Waltham Cross in the Twentieth Century

Four images

By Nicholas Blatchley

Waltham Cross 1911
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
Waltham Cross 1915
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

Four images of Waltham Cross, from before World War 1 to after World War 2. All four show a similar view, looking up to the Eleanor Cross from the south.

The first is from 1911, showing the tram heading to Edmonton.

The second is from 1915, also with the tram. It can be seen from these pictures that the southern part of the High Street is still largely residential.

The third is undated, possibly between the wars.  The Regent Cinema can be seen on the left.

The fourth is also undated, probably from the 1950s or early 1960s.  The tram-tracks are gone, but wires for the trolley-busses can still be seen.  The Regent is on the left.

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  • Photo 3 has been tentatively dated to between the wars. However do note the bus in the distance, partly obscured by the van. It looks rather like an STL type bus, introduced in 1932. It looks as if the bus has been damaged above the driver’s cab. The RT type looked similar but was not introduced until 1939. Both types had the roof-mounted route box. The trams were withdrawn by 16th October 1938, dating this image to between 1932 and 1938.

    By Colin Wilson (05/07/2020)