These photos are reproduced
by kind permission of Melanie, whose grandparents John Samuel (Jack)
and Rosina (née MILLER) DUMBLETON were clearly game for a laugh in the
name of a good cause. The uppermost is of their drapers shop at 501 High
Road, just south of Bruce Grove, next door to the Swan public house
(and now home to Vybes Records, vying for the title of running Tottenhams
longest-ever Closing Down sale), taken c.1900.
The lower two are of Jack kitted out as a highlander for the 1899 Tottenham Carnival
(a real shame, I think, that this institution has died out, Tottenham could have
given Notting Hill a major run for its money) and of Jack and Rosina in Chinese
fig for another, undated, carnival.
According to Melanie, Jacks Highland gear originally included a sporran
constructed of an oven grill with a kipper attached. It was a hot day and the
fish began to stink, so Rosina told Jack to take it off (she was not amused).
There was a Dumbletons shop at the Edmonton/Tottenham boundary; its
uncertain whether the shop at 501 replaced this. Jack and Rosina also had a cake
shop in Wembley from about 1912. Melanies website (see below) has a photo
of another Dumbletons drapers shop, numbered 52, location uncertain.
If it was on the High Road, it must have been at the far southern end, on Stamford
Melanie hosts a website devoted to the unusual Middlesex surname BAALHAM