Furnishing up the Green Lanes
This 1952 delivery note is from Jay's Furnishing Stores of 25-27 Green Lanes in Palmer's Green. Like many of London's suburbs, Palmer's Green developed towards the end of the Victorian period. It grew rapidly in the early years of the 20th century as more and more people from central London settled there.
London suburbs grow
Suburbs provided more spacious housing and a healthier environment than the crowded areas of central London people had left behind. Developers built thousands of new homes for those looking to improve their standards of living. Alongside the new houses came shops, schools, hospitals and other services to serve the growing community.
The range of shops and services in the suburbs met most of the local residents' needs. Residents would have shopped at Jay's to furnish their new privately owned houses. Jay's sold affordable, mass-produced furniture that was becoming more readily available during the 1950s.
Museum number NN22256