The handwritten description on this wax cylinder's box reads "Minstrel Boy" Key C. / Sung by Leslie Wilberforce Wall (age 7 1/2 years) in competition at Industrial Exhibition Grove Rd New Southgate Oct 22/1904 Gaining 1st prize. (Speed 1.E)".
Leslie Wall was the second son of Cromwell Wall (1866-1937) who made this recording. Cromwell is standing on the right of the attached photograph which was taken at the family home 'Lyndale' in Parkhurst Road, New Southgate. Leslie is standing sixth from the right. Leslie was seven and half when this recording was made.
Beside Cromwell stands his wife Minnie, and beside her (from right to left) Gladys, Hilda, Oliver, Leslie, Hampden, Doris, Howard, Muriel and Phyllis.
The song 'Minstrel Boy' was written by Thomas Moore (1779-1852). It was very popular at the time Cromwell made this recording, and remains so today.
The Industrial Exhibition may refer to one held at the New Southgate Baptist Chapel, Grove Road. Grove Road Baptist Chapel was bombed twice during the Second World War but was repaired and still stands. It has now been converted into sheltered housing. On the site of its School Room stands the Christian Centre of Christ Church New Southgate and Friern Barnet Baptist/United Reformed Church.