Missing dinosaur bones from Tatem Park in Edmonton spark investigation

Enfield Independent: The notice board in Tatem Park displays information about the missing bones The notice board in Tatem Park displays information about the missing bones

Dinosaur bones discovered in Edmonton almost 100 years ago are missing and a campaign group is desperate to return them to their rightful place.

Members of the Friends of Tatem Park are researching the history of the bones, which they believe were dug up in 1913 before the park was transformed from a gravel pit in 1937.

The mammoth list of bones includes skeletons of an 11,000-year-old elephant-like Mastodon and a 10,000-year-old Megatherium, which was like a bear and was one of the largest known land mammals known to man.

Two skulls belonging to a mystery dinosaur are also believed to have been amongst the hoard, along with milk teeth and a toe bone of a baby Mammoth and a skeleton of an African and an Indian elephant.

Heather Frost, who is a member of the friends group, came across the missing stash after internet research and has written information about the mystery bones on a notice board in the park.

Although she is relying on hear-say, she believes the bones could be hidden in a museum in Camden, and is keen for the items to be returned to the borough.

Ms Frost, who lives close to the park, believes it would be “really lovely” if the bones could be displayed in Enfield for the good of schoolchildren who may be interested to learn about the borough’s past.

She said there are rumours that people living in Edmonton may have dinosaur bones in their back gardens from when they were first discovered almost a century ago.

Councillor George Savva, who lives in Edmonton and leads the Haselbury ward, is backing the group’s campaign to source the missing dino selection.

The Labour politician said: “I think if they actually were found in the borough, they should be returned because it is associated with our land and our parks and I will support her in any way I can in her efforts.

“I have given credit to her that she found out about this and as a councillor I will support her."

He said he might start some research into the history of the bones in a bid to bring them back to the borough.

He added: “The bottom line is I will help her in whatever I can and if we find them I would like them to be returned to Enfield.”

However, museum officer Jan Metcalfe, who works at the Museum and Local Studies and Archive in The Dugdale Centre, is not convinced about Enfield’s dinosaur legacy.

She said: “I don’t know anything about dinosaur bones – we have had some mammoth bones found in Hedge Lane in 1911 but that’s the only bones we have.

"They were quite important – not in themselves; but in the sense that they became the reason why Southbury then decided they needed a museum and that is when Broomfield House became partly a museum.

“I’d love to know where they are if that’s true.”

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10:21am Sat 17 Nov 12

edmontonian1951 says...

The only dinosaur bones I've ever heard of being found in Edmonton are not from Edmonton, London but Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.

The surrounding area has produced a prolific amount of remains, including species named after the City, examples of which can be seen at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington.

See http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Edmontosaur
us and http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Edmontonia
The only dinosaur bones I've ever heard of being found in Edmonton are not from Edmonton, London but Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. The surrounding area has produced a prolific amount of remains, including species named after the City, examples of which can be seen at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington. See http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Edmontosaur us and http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Edmontonia edmontonian1951

2:42pm Sat 17 Nov 12

dons24pelliparclose says...

Quote: "Members of the Friends of Tatem Park are researching the history of the bones, which they believe were dug up when an old gravel pit was transformed into the park in 1913"

The date given is incorrect.

Tatem Park is on the site of Hedge Lane Gravel Pit owned by the Harman sisters who gave the site to Edmonton Borough Council in the 1930s for use as a public park. It was opened in 1938 on an informal area made out of the quarry. There is a plaque which says “This ground was opened by Councillor R.A. Young Chairmen of the Edmonton Urban District Council 1936-7 on the 5th May 1937 In memory of James George Tatem the last of the Huxley-Tatem’s of Weir Hall. Presented by his nieces Ellen & Margaret Harman"

Edmonton Borough Council employed
THOMAS H MAWSON & SON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS LANCASTER. Cumbria Record Office hold the following records (indexed as Tatam, Southgate)

**Entrance and Lodge Drawings Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86 /M5

**Layout Details Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86 /M5A

**Proposed Building at Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86/124 1935-1936

**Tatam Recreation Ground, gates, shelter and convenience WDB 86/M 132 1936

**Skating rink and sewage ejector at 'Tatam' Recreation Ground, Hedge Lane, Southgate, N13 WDB 86/M 185 Undated

For other information: London Metropolitan Archive GB 0074 ACC/0815
Quote: "Members of the Friends of Tatem Park are researching the history of the bones, which they believe were dug up when an old gravel pit was transformed into the park in 1913" The date given is incorrect. Tatem Park is on the site of Hedge Lane Gravel Pit owned by the Harman sisters who gave the site to Edmonton Borough Council in the 1930s for use as a public park. It was opened in 1938 on an informal area made out of the quarry. There is a plaque which says “This ground was opened by Councillor R.A. Young Chairmen of the Edmonton Urban District Council 1936-7 on the 5th May 1937 In memory of James George Tatem the last of the Huxley-Tatem’s of Weir Hall. Presented by his nieces Ellen & Margaret Harman" Edmonton Borough Council employed THOMAS H MAWSON & SON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS LANCASTER. Cumbria Record Office hold the following records (indexed as Tatam, Southgate) **Entrance and Lodge Drawings Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86 /M5 **Layout Details Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86 /M5A **Proposed Building at Tatam Recreation Ground, Southgate WDB 86/124 1935-1936 **Tatam Recreation Ground, gates, shelter and convenience WDB 86/M 132 1936 **Skating rink and sewage ejector at 'Tatam' Recreation Ground, Hedge Lane, Southgate, N13 WDB 86/M 185 Undated For other information: London Metropolitan Archive GB 0074 ACC/0815 dons24pelliparclose

3:01pm Sat 17 Nov 12

dons24pelliparclose says...

Friends of Tatem Park are on Facebook or may be contacted at Tatem.park@aol.co.uk
Friends of Tatem Park are on Facebook or may be contacted at Tatem.park@aol.co.uk dons24pelliparclose

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