Memories of Ardleigh Green
I went to Ardleigh Green School for 7 years and knew most of the shops. Starting in Squirrels Heath Lane there was Langs (Newsagents), Smys (wool), chemists, Greens Stores, a butchers, shoe repairers, the Fish Shop (lovely chips), greengrocers, Sunshines sweets (lovely 3d ice lollies) delamares grocers, a café (never went in) and a bakers on the corner (best Chelsea buns ever). Opposite was the Spencers Arms where we all met and played in the entrance hall while the Mums and Dads went in the bar. Then there was another bakers with stables out the back. After brownies we used to buy buns from the bakers for 1 penny.(their meat pies were to die for) and then some old cottages which were pulled down in the ...Read full memory
My Dad owned the sweet shop in Ardleigh Green, (it's just out of shot on the left of this picture) initially we lived above the shop, later we lived towards the A127 further up Ardleigh green Road. I went to Ardleigh Green School and have so many happy memories of growing up in the area. Climbing trees, football until it was nearly dark, and riding my bike up and down the parade.
I worked at Mayfield Timber, the first shop on the right, when I left school, 1972 to 1976. Great memories.
I started at the infant school (my name was Kirby) in 1950. Miss Bush was the head teacher. Later, in the junior school, the head was Mr E. Price-Reece and my teacher in classes 3 and 4 was Mr Luckock. My best friend was Janet Haeger. I wonder where she is now.....