Hall Road c1960, Aveley
Memories of Hall Road c1960, Aveley
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Born Toplands Avenue 1954
Friends I grew up with between 1954/64,neighbours Colin and Angela Rood,Ian and Julie Dalrymple,Mark Hide,John Porter.School Friends Robert Groves,Lesley Cobb, Robert Suckling and Raymond Blezzard,Ann Martin,Valerie Pampling last three lived Purfleet Road, School teacher at Aveley Junior Mrs Skeet.I remember the alley between Lowlands Avenue and Blenheim Gardens where we built dens and Bonfires for fireworks night,think the builders land we played on was Finbow.I remember collecting conkers from the massive trees bottom of Purfleet Road. The photo above of the Co-op and Ordnance bring back memories I think I can nearly remember my Mums co-op number, I remember Reads the newsagent and the shop next to it where I got my first West Ham Outfit in 1959, still support them to this Day, moved to Scotland in 1964 and am still here to this day and lastly I remember the sweetie shop where we bought lucky bags and wagon wheels on way to school
Return to Aveley With Glenda
Hello Glenda, my dear. I remember that name - Lighten. Where is Eastern Ave? Is it the road where Trevor Johnson and David Warren lived? Michael Cox there too. Remember him? Now I remember our dads - good mates - working at the Tunnel. Down in Church View at the bottom were the Eggletons - much feared. Although the eldest was a decent bloke. But Ronnie! I worked as a labourer once for Eves (also at the Tunnel) to earn some cash before going to university. Ronnie got a job there too, but just a few days later they found him dead after a car crash with some kind of stake through his head. He and Tommy Ferguson (I think it was) shot off to Grays one evening (too fast) for some fish & chips and went off the road on that long stretch from Southend Road down into town. Now it's all Chafford Hundreds or something like that. All kinds of memories are starting to come back. Also living... Read more
Living in Aveley 1948-68
Hello. I came across this site yesterday quite by accident and was really taken away by all the memories. Here are mine - I was surprised by the names and everything else that came back to me. Forgive me if I don't spell all the names right, I think they should still be recognizable. And I hope there's enough space for everything! Dad - HERBERT (MICK) Newberry - was from a family of about 16(!) kids in S. Stifford (Moore Avenue). Mum - ELSIE Doris Marsden - was from a family in Tilbury (Feenan Highway). The Marsdens were apparently evacuated to Rugby, Warwickshire because of German bombing of Tilbury docks, while Dad served in the Navy. After WW2 Mum and Dad moved back south with me. But what I didn't find out until about 40 years later, I wasn't their child! I was the adopted son of Elsie's sister Connie through a liaison with a US airman. Anyway, we moved into one of the first new council houses in Aveley,... Read more
Cherwell Grove/ Stifford Road
This photo actually shows Stifford Road at the South Ockendon end. The road goes over the railway bridge in the distance and up to Ford Place. The houses on the right are Cherwell Grove. I was born in 1958 at no.144, which was the third one from the far end. I grew up there and my Mum lived there until about 2002. Years gone by she was the lollipop lady for the Mardyke school. I remember lovely neighbours in the block - the Webbs, Samuals, Rickards, Trobers, and Golledges.
Aveley Secondary School
Omg, I remember so many of you. I started at Love Lane in 1965 and left in 1970. I was friends with Susan Harvey, Carol Head, Jackie Kirk, Karen Harman, Barbara Cox, Lesley Davidson, Libby Campbell, June Tyler, Liz Knapp, Christine Havis, Sandra Glendenning; Janet Hobb, Deborah Daly (these are the few names I can remember). I can remember having two fights on the green outside the school with Susan Harvey and another time with Kevin MaGregor. Then another fight was on the way home to the Kennington Estate with Stephen Wood. You will be glad to know that I have since calmed down and have had a career in the Legal world so couldn't really carry on with 'the bundles'. I also remember Micky North who we were all in love with! Do you all remember the 'catwalk' over the school hall! God help anyone that crossed it whilst a class was in progress! I remember both the Merediths, Miss Close (Library/English) Miss Norman - Sports (we all hated... Read more
I Was There
I remember the school well, I was there from 1966 - 1970. I remember all the Merediths, Miss Close, Miss Norman, Paddy Rice, Mr Mumford and Mr Johnson the head master. I would love to meet up with some of the people I went to the school with. If anyone is out there that went there in these years please contact me. I would love to hear from anyone, we had some great times there. Please make contact if you were there, look forward to hearing from anyone.
Old School Days
I attended this school in 1958. My head mistress was Mrs Meredith. Its now a hotel and I must say it is very nice. I am looking for anyone who was at this school same time - my name was Carol Cook, I lived in Fourth Avenue, West Thurrock.
My Experience With The Slide
I remembered my family was the first Chinese family to live in Aveley High Street. This park I used to come to a lot with my parents and sisters/brother. This slide - I remember when I first slid down on it, my sister put out her arm at the bottom and I was sooo scared that I jumped off from mid way! It's the highest slide (for children anyway) I've ever slide off! Happy Memories.
The Ship Inn, Aveley, Essex, England
My grandparents, Arthur Andrew Rush & Lilian Maud Rush 9nee Sayers0 had this pub, The Ship Inn, from 1940 -1955. They had two daughters, my Mother, Lilian Beatrice Gough (nee Rush) & Gladys Barker (nee Rush). At the start of WWII, after being bombed out of our home in Romford Essex, I was evacuated to paternal grandparents in Drogheda & Caherviveen, Eire. In 1943 I returned to Aveley, where we lived at 128 High St. I attended St Thomas Moore Catholic School in Grays, Essex, then in 1945 won a scholarship to St. Ignatius' Jesuit College in South Tottenham, London. N 15. In January 1956 I married Patricia Mary Hatch of 72 High St, Aveley daughter of James Hatch and Rose Hatch (nee Yarranton). We emigrated to Michigan, USA in October 1964 and retired to Naples Florida in 2000 where we had a fine old time in the sunshine and lived happily ever after. Peter David Gough
I have wartime photos that match the distinctive window patterns and with the back marked 'Aveley' must almost certainly be Belhus House. Does anyone have any information as to what the house was used for by the army in 1940 when my father would have been stationed there?
Those Were The Days
This was the school I went to from 1963 until I left school in 1967. I have many fond memories of getting into trouble with a little help from friends. Mary and Wendy were two of my closest friends. My name back then was Edith Richards and I lived in Usk road on the Kenningtons estate. I was there from 1953 untill 1971 when I got married and then moved to Canada in 1973. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
I lived in Humber Ave and went to Dilkes School. I then moved to Daiglan Drive and went to Bonney Gates School. My friends were Margaret Baily, Kay Compton and Dawn. We left Ockendon in 1967 when we moved to Daventry with Fords. There are quite a few Ockenders in Daventry as hundreds moved up here. My maiden names was Watson.
Memories of Aveley
Hi, came across memories of Aveley by chance and found this very interesting as we were also the first to move into the experiment house, number 37 Central, and like you said was very cold. When we moved there there was no houses except fields next to Olive and Geoff King and I could see my nan getting off the bus at the Top House Public House as a small child. I can remember Marylyn who I can remember had a pretty bad accident on a bicycle. I used to go to piano lessons in Purfleet Road so I expect I was very noisy when practising the scales. I went to Aveley Junior School and then to Bushy Bit - no one really believes it was the name of a school. My parents Doris and Vic moved to Kent in 1965 and after, getting married by Reverend Randell at St Michaels church in 1964 which is where I met my husband, as he was a choir... Read more
I was born in Blenheim Gardens, I lived there until I was fourteen and we moved away. I remember Aveley with fondness. I can remember go-carting down Blenheim Gardens, the bonfire in the alley, the pit which I remember as being a wildlife paradise complete with bullrushes. Mr and Mrs Read lived at the bottom of our road, he was a good friend of my dad (my dad was his paperboy). Other treasured memories include Fryer Tucks (a curious Box of Delights) where we would go to buy shoelaces, the hairdressers next to the sweet shop, where I had my ears pierced, the sweet shop itself where I used to buy Wagon Wheels in their individual envelopes and the bakers where we used to buy coconut cake. I was a keen runner back then and have never forgotten the wonderful encouragement I received from my teacher at Aveley Junior, his name was Mr Ford. We had a really great sports tradition in Aveley. ... Read more
Memories of St. Michaels Church
My daughter Jackie Fuller married in this church in 1972 and my daughter Trina was christened there. We lived in Manning Street and I was married to Ted Fuller who still lives in Aveley. Trina was christened there in 1968 and I still remember the Vicar who did the service for both of them but cannot remember his name..
Life in Old Aveley During The Second World War, Before The Prefabs And Estate Were Built.
I was 7 when we moved into 128 High Street, Aveley in 1942. Our back fence backed onto the rec' and my best friends were Donald Crawford, Ray Andrews and Bob Painter. It was during the Second World War of course, and I returned after being evacuated to Ireland after we were bombed out in Romford in 1940. My dad, also Peter Gough, was away in Europe with the 8th Army then, as were most men, so the local boys ran wild. I recall P.C. Dunn quite fondly, he was kind and fair to the boys of the village. He was one of the very few men left there then. My grandparents Lilian and Arthur Rush owned the "Old Ship Inn" at 58 High Street junction with Ship Lane and next to Fry's the cobbler and opposite the Co-op and Pardey & Johnson, grocers. I came out of the RAF and married Pat Hatch in 1956. Pat was a friend of Pat Palmer, the granddaughter of Jack Thornhill who owned the "Prince Albert"... Read more
Aveley School And Belhus Park.
I went to Aveley School from 1966 - 1971, I lived in Martin Road and we often walked through the rec to get to school. I remember Paddy Rice and the Merediths as well as Ron Whitwood, Miss Close and Mr Stowell. We went to the Hall Road Parade at lunch time and had chips. I also played in Belhus Park and remember the ruins of the old Belhus House. I moved to Aveley from Grays when I was around 4 and we lived in the prefabs then moved in to the new houses in Martin Road, my parents lived there until 2009.
I was married in this church on July 28th 1973 to David Cutler (we are still together). My whole family 3 sisters and a brother including my Mum and Dad were married in this church and my grandparents are buried there. The Reverend Randall married me and my hubby. Happy memories of Aveley, loved it there and my husband's Mum still lives there in Dacre Avenue.
I used to love that slide when I was little. I grew up in Aveley, my parents moved from London in 1966 when I was 2 months old, we used to live in Mill Road (my parent still do). The biggest thing at the Rec was the yearly Fair. Great memories.
Hi Donna, Nice to hear from you... I have fond memories of Vi and Bill Appleton, surprised to hear that they sold the house, had many lovely days there, especially in the summer playing in the pool, hardest thing was keeping Jackson out he he.. Do you know what happened to them? Also Bill's brother Lenny?
The Day Wallis Supermarket Opened
My family moved to Aveley in January 1967, when I was three weeks old. We lived in Manor Close, where in fact my older brother still lives. One memory I have of High Street is the day when Wallis Supermarket open, I think it must of been around 1975, as I can remember being in the playground of the Junior school when an open topped car drove by with Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter sitting inside. I remember when mum came to pick me and my sister up from school, we went into the brand new supermarket which was much bigger than what we had in Aveley at the time (Key Market on the corner of the High Street and Ship Lane, the Co op in Purfleet Road and VG's). Over the 30 odd years, Wallis changed into Internationals which then became Gateways. It's also been Kwik Save, Somerfields and now is the Co operative. Something which is sad is that when I was a child Aveley had... Read more
Fish And Chip Shop Hall Road Aveley
You described the first shop in this parade as Fishy Jacks, I can't remember the name but I used to go to Aveley County Secondary School in Love Lane just around the corner and we used to spend our dinner money in that chippy! It was about 1964/65 and if I remember correctly, our dinner money was 2 bob and we used to get pie and chips for 1 and 6 and have 6 pence over for sweets out of Reids a few doors up.
My mum and dad Pat and Brian Green lived in Aveley all there lives, Dad was born 1933 and went to Bushy Bit school and mum was born 1936 and her grandfather Jack Thornhill owned the Prince Albert pub. Once they were married they lived in Purfleet Road, which is where I still live and my sister also. But Oh how times have changed here. But I have lovely memories of Aveley and the fun fair at the 'rec and going to the stables at Park Lane, and going to the Mill Club house in Purfleet Road for evenings out with mum and dad, which is now a firemen's club. Anyway all good memories, Alison Green
Carol Hart Remembers Aveley Secondary School
I went to this school for 2 years in form one and two.
I remember one year we had an open day and did performances for parents.
All was going well until the headmaster noticed that one of the boys doing the gymnastic display had his hair too long (it was touching his collar). He called out to the boy and told him to get his hair cut. Later that day the newspaper journalist was there taking a photo and writing a piece about it. Apparently the boy's girlfriend had contacted the paper.
I was learning the cello at school and I remember there was also a boy called Colin who was also doing cello plus a boy called John. Sorry don't recall any other names.
I used to live above the tobaconist in Hall Road.
One of my friends was called Ann and she too lived in Hall Road.
I left Aveley in 1966 when my family emigrated to New Zealand.
If anyone remembers me, please send me... Read more
Well, I guess I don't really have a date to start from, I lived in Aveley Severn Road (Kenningtons). I was born 1964. I've been trying to find Tracey Fenwick, she lived in Ravel Road, but most of all I'm trying to trace Mr and Mrs Appleton, they to lived in Ravel Road, but they moved to Aveley Court Lodge,in Mill Road, around the early 1980s... I can't seem to find anything on the house,I hope it's still there, it was on the right hand side from the subway, I was told it was the lodgeing house to the former Aveley Court.
The War Years
I was born in Aveley in 1933, in the local police station, opposite the Ordance Arms. I attended the local schools (infants, junior and bushy bit). In these 16 years much happened to the village from being a peaceful place, when the Belhouse Park was turned into a transit camp for D-day and all the side roads were turned into parking areas for lorries, guns and tanks, American, Canadians, Polish, French troops with a lot of prisoner of war who were working in the camps.
Aveley had its own D-day when information to the local vicar was misunderstood and the church bells were rung to warn the locals that it was possible that the Germans would react to the invasion, therefore to go down the shelters. This caused confusion to the troops, thinking that they were on their way to France. This had to be sorted out by my father and Mr Stanton (the vicar). This made the nationial news. I have a copy of this in THE HERALD.
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I ONCE LIVED HERE
I lived over the second shop on the right. KENNIES STORES which was owned by my grand parents. We as a family lived there until 1962 when we left for New Zealand where I still live. The first shop was a butchery owned by Mr & Mrs Mapley who also came to New Zealand following their son Dennis. Reids was the next which was a stationers and then from memory there was Perks Grocery, a fruit & veg shop owned by the Harpers & the chippy on the end who i only remember as fishy Jack. The actual shopping area was known as The Parade.
Aveley Village - A Special Place
Year ranges from 1961 to present really. My nan and grandad lived in Aveley, the Harmans, in Central Avenue. I have fond memories of staying with my nan and grandad, and the house in Central Ave, and across the road were Olive and Geof King (relations of my dad Ray Harrison). Mum met dad in Aveley, and the rest is history as they say. Karen Harman/Cutler is my aunt, my mum's sister. I can remember getting ready to be a bridesmaid at my nan's house for either Maggie or Karen (was a bridesmaid for both) and my nan made me walk down to the village to get some shopping with curlers in my hair!! I was about 12 I think. I even went back when I was older and living in Tilbury to have my ears pierced at Wilsons hairdressers!
When I think of my time spent in Aveley, and the family, it's a nice feeling. I will always have a soft spot for it.
Oh to be Young Again
I remember when I first moved to Aveley, I was 7 years old. My nan lived in the prefabs and my mother, brother and myself moved in with her until they were demolished when I was eight years old. Then we moved into Hall Avenue, most of my friends lived all around me and we all started Love Lane School together although I was a year older than the other kids in my class.
We used to go to the youth club to see the Roosters who were a local band, and I must say I had a soft spot for the singer as he did for me as well but we never dated.
We wore our mini skirts and high heels (a bit like the TV programme Please Sir). I was sent home from school quite often by my teacher to get my nail varnish off.
I thought I would be glad to leave school, but if I had one wish now it would be to do it all... Read more
The Good Old Days
I was born in our house in Central Avenue in 1954. I went to Aveley Infants and Junior Schools and Aveley Secondary School in Love Lane. Many a time my sister Maggie and I have struggled home with bags of shopping we carried from the village stores. Everyone knew you and your parents. The Harmans!! It was a different world then, much nicer although we didn't realise it at that time. We loved it when the fair came to the recreation ground but we weren't allowed over there really but I think I can remember sneaking over there a few times once I was a teenager!! The fairground boys always seemed handsome to us girls! My auntie's house was in Hall Road/Ave (can't remember)but it backed on to the recreation ground. There were five of us siblings that lived in our house at one time, three sisters and a brother. After I left school in 1969/70 I went to Bushy Bit Art College which was the old secondary school. Aveley... Read more
My dad did boxing for the school and was Essex school boy champion around 1955 -1956. If anybody knows where the shields or boxing memorabilia are please could you get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aveley an Age Away.
I lived in Aveley Villiage from when I was born in 1957 until we moved to the Kennington Estate about 1971. We had a funny house in Church View which seemed to be back to front compared to some of my friends houses. Our end of Church View was a Cul de Sac with a circular turning area in the road where it ended. Hours were spent by the children in our road playing in the street, skipping, hopscotch, rounders or riding our bikes up and down and around the 'banjo' shaped end of our road. From the upstairs front bedroom, which was my parents room, you could look out and see the recreation ground beyond the houses opposite us. Every year a fair would arrive (twice I think) and cause great excitement, we loved it and would disappear over there as often as our parents would allow. I remember the old High Street very well, I should do - I ran enough errands! Clarks Butchers, the Greengrocers, Reads newsagent,... Read more
My friend Dionne Page lived here, Number 10 if I remember right, well the house on the corner......had just left school, Aveley Comp, as it was then called. Dionne's dad use to call us "THE BLACK FOOT TRIBE". That summer we used to hang out at Johnny Cobbs stables, the best summer ever. Many memories. Dee where are you now. Would love to hear from you.
My mother and father worked for Mr Read between 1966 and 1987, most of the time around the Hall Road shop but later in the mid to late 1980's also up in the High Street shop, which has been pulled down and an new shop built.
Mr Read died in the late 1990's and since then the shops have been sold - the High Street is not the same now.
The Old School
This School was in Love Lane but has now been pulled down and houses have been built on the site, this has only been done in the last 4 years or so.
My brother Andy Brown went to this school before going up to the bigger one, the school then became part of the Thurrock Tec in the 1980's.
Where I Lived
This is where I lived between 1966-1984,above the Read Brothers newsagent in Hall Road,there is only two shops there now,one is still the newsagent and the other is closed at the moment,the rest of the six shops are now flats for the disabled.
Bretts Farm Romford rd Aveley
I arrived in Aveley in 1957/58 I was herdsman at Bretts Farm, Romford Road and worked for David Watt. Once a year we would take the young cattle through Belhus Park then along Daglen Drive, up Stifford Road to Ford Place, then on to Davey Down's farm for the summer months. We would then bring them back in the autumn. Life was much slower then and hardly any traffic - I still live in Aveley with my wife and we had the farm shop in Romford Road for years. Then in 1980 we moved to our present address at New Farm, Sandy Lane; have fond memories of Aveley. For a short time we lived in the Old Maltings, Aveley High Street.
I supported Aveley FC from about 1946 to 1957. Thurrock Combination. London League Div 2. London League Div 1. Cot Cup. LATHOL Stanford Charity Cup. Three times winners of the Essex Junior Cup. My most favourite footballer of all was Len Fogg.
It brought back so many happy memories reading about Aveley, I went to BUSHY Bit school around 1959-64 then it closed and moved to Love lane. I Lived in Myrtle Grove until I got married at Avely Church in 1970. I remember Miss Norman, PE teacher, and Mr Sidebottom my form master. My maiden name was Thomas.
My great grandfather was park keeper at Bellus Park for many years. I am not sure of his christian name or his wife's but I believe they were Charles and Louisa but I know their surname was Osborne. He was a wonderful man with a very distinctive moustache, a bit like a waurus and his wife was a lovely lady who had a deformed wrist, an accident from childhood. They had several ponies Tommy and Peggy. They moved from there to Copper Beech Road in South Ockendon. She died in the early 60's and he died in the middle 60's. I don't know how many children they had but they did have two daughters, one was Louisa or Louise and she married James Stearn and had 7 children. Jim, Joan, Dennis, John, Brian, Mick and Margaret. If anyone has any memories of Charles or Louisa Osborne or any photographs I would love to hear from them. I have lost touch with... Read more
Friends I Have Missed
I went to school in Love Lane from1969 /1974, my first teacher was Mr. Cowell, others included Paddy Rice, Mr Stowell, Mr Morris, Mrs Abbey, Miss Close, Mr Napier, Miss Norman, Mr Mumford. I am in contact with 2 girls from my class, Susan Butler and Jane Malpass,. I knew the Carpenters from Church View, when I was 15 I went out with Albert Carpenter ('Chippy'). I also knew Lennie Tubby, Tommy Hearn. I was wondering if anyone else was out there? You can contact me via facebook, jacqui seaton buckingham, or by email: email@example.com
Living in Aveley Between 1951-1968
I can remember many good time growing up in Aveley. We used to go to the Botany in Purfleet for the day walking across the pipe on the Mardyke. I went to Bushy Bit between 1959-1963 cannot remember Old Paddy Rice throwing the black board rubber at you if you was not doing what he had told you. (or checking out the senior boys sitting at the front of the class) Also remember him picking his nose and scratching his backside at the same time (lovely memories) also remember Miss Norman and Miss Close and Mr Napier.
I lived in Crescent Walk right opposite the shops in Hall Road with my mum/dad and sister Doreen and my Cousins the Foggs lived in Love Lane my other cousin the Woods lived in Hall Road and my aunt Liz and uncle George Thurogood ran the Aveley Working Mens Club in Mill Road for many years
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I have been searching, to reestablish contact with friends of my youth in Aveley. Also seeking photo records of those days, during and directly after the War.
Time is passing and I need to do it before they are all gone.
I found two sites on Facebook which were immensely helpful, They are:
MEMORIES OF GROWING UP IN OLD AVELEY (with 128 Members)
AVELEY THURROCK (with 825 Members)
Both are very useful.
Peter Gough firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up in Aveley
My parents moved down to Aveley when I was 5, we moved into 94 Ravel Gardens, I think we were there for about 7 years then we moved into 147 Usk Road . There was 6 of us kids. I loved growing up in Aveley, we were always bunking off school, going over the sandpits and down the woods, normally with my best mate Gill Woodford. I went Kenningtons School then Love Lane. When I left school I worked at Magnavox in Barking, I moved up to London for a few years then moved to Corringham where I still am. My mum's still in Aveley so I'm over there a couple times a week. I found out about this website from my sister in law, if you remember me get intouch.
Park Lane Stables
I lived in Martin Road and was a stable girl at Park Lane, around the late 1960s/early 1970s. I remember Rita and my friend Pauline had a horse stabled there for a while (Tamsin). We took people out on rides to Belhus Park and gave lessons, mucked out and groomed although we had no qualifications at all! I kept riding until I was in my 50s.
Where you lived in the prefabs is where I lived on the new estate after the prefabs were pulled down and the new estate was built in the 1960s. I was born in 1968 at 83 Martin Road on the corner of Park View and lived there till 1997, it was a lovely place to live, My mum lived there till she died in 2007. I always have happy memories of that house.
My favourite memory from Love Lane School is of teacher Paddy Rice and slipper. It was really sad to have to leave Bushey Bit School which is now Thurrock Hotel and be moved to Love Lane, but looking back now and remembering Love Lane pupils, it was a great school. We never stopped laughing all day. It was a fun time and of course...erm...highly educational...erm...at times. I actually lived in West Thurrock and had to travel by bus to and from school with eight other people, on good days I would go by bicycyle, it was a hell of a long way. (A time never to forget.)
Park Lane Stables
Does anyone remember the stables at Park Lane? There was a horse there called Appollo owned by a girl called Jackie, her mother owned the stables. Jackie and I were good friends, we hung out a lot, if anyone remembers her please let me know, I'd love to hear from you.
So Many Memories
Hi, It's wonderful to read all your memories, keep it coming. The Fogg family moved to Aveley around 1950, Into a brand new house at 69 Love Lane, Dad Fred, Mum Ada and the 3 kids, Robert born 1940, me Fred jnr.1945, and sister Susan 1947, all the 3 kids attended Aveley Junior School and Bushy Bit Secondary School (we still all tremble at the name of Mr Napier the sports teacher there). There were only fields in those days opposite Love Lane, and a short cut to the Thames Board Mills (where my dad worked) Sports and Social Club. At Bushy Bit, my sister was a superstar in track and field events on sports days, my brother boxed and got to the ABA championships and I played football for both the school and Thurrock. Trevor Morris who lived just round the corner was my very good friend and captain. I also played in the Aveley Silver Brass Band from the age of 11 until 16 when my family moved... Read more
I lived in Tamar Drive and went to the local school, my senior school was Lennards Comprehensive. My best mates were Jenny Cutler, Shirley Jassec, Pat Madder. We spent alot of time roaming the streets, I remember the fair coming to town down the villiage, and I remember hanging out at the Chinese shop, always up to no good. I had my ears pierced at the hairdressers in the village. And we used to go to the pits a lot, one year they found dinosaur bones there, it was a big to-do. My brother still lives in Averly, I think? Roger. I haven't been in touch for years as I now live in Australia. We were very close when I was young but I drifted away. I have mixed feelings of Averley. I remember the flats down by the woods, my mate Susan Humphrey used to live there next to Belus Park. Are the woods still there? I hope so as I have happy memories of picking bluebells and finding newts... Read more
My Years in Aveley
I lived Aveley in Dacre Crescent from August 1950 at six weeks old and lived in the prefabs until they were knocked down and we moved into the new houses in Dacre Crescent I lived there until 1991. I have many good memories of Aveley as a child and as an adult.I now life in Northampton with my wife Sue
I was born in Blenheim Gardens in 1964 at my parents' house. I have great memories from the Tuffty Club through to starting school at the Primary in Aveley. Teachers that come to mind were Mrs Sykes and Mrs Southgate. The sports days were great and yes, I cheated in the egg and spoon! I remember going to Minehead and enjoyed every minute of that, although I missed home. My good friends were Sue Ward, Georgina Shaffer, Marina West, and my best boyfriend was Glenn Weaver. If you know who you are, get in touch. I thought Woodjacks Fruit and Veg shop was a legend as was Wolli Fyrers, (shoe shop). I remmeber the Scottish lady who ran the fish and chip shop, best for miles, also the sweetie shop next door where you had to ask for The Box which had 1p sweets in it. I spent a lot of evenings at The Mill in Purfleet Road, now The Fireman's Club. My dad worked at Purfleet Deep Whalf and... Read more
Where I Was Born
Hi, I was born in my nan and grandad's house in Mill Road, Aveley, it was a big house about half way down Mill Road on the right, heading towards the football grounds from the village. I was christened at the village church. I lived in the house until I was about 9 when my mum and dad moved to Blackshots. I can't remember what year it was but my grandad had the house demolished and 7 new houses built there, the house next door which was the same is still there for those who know where I mean. In those days they were digging the pits at Sandy Lane and I remember going up there when they found the so-called 'Aveley elephants', I believe they are now in one of the London museums. The village had a lot of big lorries passing through every day due to the pits which I think led to the bypass. I have lots of good memories of Eveley including photos of Mill Road... Read more