The Maypole and Southall Green

Website Editor’s Preface


Thanks and acknowledgement

The text of ‘The Maypole and Southall Green′ is reproduced here by the kind permission of Mr. Arthur Meads, whose generous consent for the use of his father’s work has been of incalculable value in furthering Southall-history’s ambition to promote a more widespread awareness and appreciation of Southall’s historic past.

‘The Maypole and Southall Green’ is the second work in a trilogy of historical narratives and reminiscences by Mr. Richard James Meads; a Southall resident since the very beginning of the 20th century. This volume builds upon his first work; ‘Growing-up With Southall From 1904’ and provides a unique documentary of the growth and development of Southall and, importantly, provides unique insights into the original reasons and motivations behind these developments. Mr. Meads’ other volumes are; Growing-up With Southall From 1904 and Southall 830 – 1982 respectively.

‘The Maypole and Southall Green′ is the sole copyright of Mr. Richard James Meads, all rights reserved to Mr. Arthur Meads.

Notes on this publication of Growing-up With Southall from 1904

Although this Editor’s original intention was to display a facsimile copy of ‘The Maypole and Southall Green’ within this website, this eventually proved to be unachievable. Richard Meads’ original typewritten M.S., although able to be exactly reproduced by typesetters in print format, could not be so reproduced within an HTML environment.

A further departure from the printed original relates to page correspondences. Although printed works are easily able to carry mid sentence or mid paragraph page endings, this is not so convenient within a distinct ‘tabbed page’ environment, as unlike within the printed version, readers are unable to quickly glance across to the next page or overleaf to regain their thread.  All pages within this web copy, therefore, end only on complete paragraph endings; correspondingly, the page numbering system found within the printed original has been dispensed with, as page content would have no direct correspondence between equivalent page numbers.

All that remains is to wish the reader every enjoyment of this second volume of Richard Meads’ wide-ranging triumvirate of works on Southall’s long and fascinating history.