Scene of the Crime

Allied Carpets shop, Tottenham, demolished

The last few hours of the Allied Carpets shop in Tottenham High Road.

It was looted and burnt out during the riots of August 6th. Adults were seen carrying out carpets and rugs by the dozen. Don’t believe that the looters were young.

26 families lived above, in shared ownership housing.

Here is an account of the history of the store, with a photo of the lovely listed building that is now lost.  It was built by the London Co-operative Society in 1930. Much of Tottenham High Road is a Conservation Area, which means the buildings and trees are valued and cannot be altered without express permission from English Heritage. This striking Art Deco building was a local landmark.




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