Seven Sisters at Seven Sisters

Seven sisters from the Ware Carmelite Monestary appear to have made their interchange at a most appropriately named station. (Ben Patey/South West News Service)

You could not get more literal than this: 33-year-old Ben Patey was more than opportunistic to have photographed seven nuns from the Ware Carmelite Monestary sitting waiting for a train at Seven Sisters Overground station. The group had been at a meeting in Notting Hill when they were on their travels back to Ware in Hertfordshire.

Sister Fiona of the, actually, eight member congregation said they had been in London for “an important meeting.”

The North London area of Seven Sisters was, in fact, not named after nuns at all nor does it have any religious connotation. The name derives from seven elm trees that had been planted in the area then known as Page Green. The trees encircled a walnut tree. Contemporary maps from 1619 appear to show the group of trees. By 1732, the name ‘Seven Sisters’ appears to have been in use. By 1805, the Ordnance Survey had included the name on their maps.

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