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East Street c1955, Barking
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My first real memory of the town was Mum taking me to Blakes corner which has been bombed and me peering through the wooden safety wall, to look at the hole down below. I think it became Timothy Whites & Taylor after that. I was born in 1946 and lived in George Street, off Linton Road, and went to Northbury infants school, the headmistress being Mrs. Biddis, her hubby was a local vet. The Capitol was in the town, next to where the old mortuary was, my grandad painted that cinema when times were tough. Of course Jimmy's the chemist was there; I happened to be that way some years ago and his son was there and it was thrilling that he remembered me and my family from so long ago. Sainsburys was a treat, they were in East Street next to Home & Colonial, but Sainsbury always won. The smell of the shop was amazing, hams, bacon, spam and cheeses and butter. I watched in awe and amazement as the lady used her butter paddles so accurately.  he walls were all tiled white and it was so clean. All staff had uniforms and boater hats. Sainsburys doesn't smell like that any more. Worrickers toy shop was heaven on earth, I still have treasured toys from there. Barking Park was beautiful with a lovely paddle boat on the lake. The carnivals were wonderful, I remember Stewart Granger the movie star crowning the carnival queen and one year Diana Dors was the guest of honour. I remember Willets shop, Killwicks, the beautiful ladies' dress shops and the market opposite the Abbey where the eels were chopped up and kept wiggling. But next to that was the record shop where I went on a Saturday afternoon. All gone now, just a memory, it was good then.

Written by Victoria Falkowska. To send Victoria Falkowska a private message, click here.

A memory of Barking in Essex shared on Sunday, 25th January 2009.

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RE: Memories of Growing up

Super memories...but I don't remember a Home and Colonial Store near Sainsburys in East Street. I think you will find it was Maypole Store which was very similar. Our family lived in a Roding Avenue prefab between 1946 and 1949 and I was a pupil at Westbury 1942, Northbury 1946, and Gascoigne 1948, and later Bifrons until 1952. I remember Geoge Street because the buses that terminated at Blakes Corner used to use that street as part of their turnaround route. One of my Northbury School colleagues, I believe his name was Layzell lived there. I considered Barking a very convenient place to live in regard to public transport. There was a service of one sort or another to all other shopping centres. I now live at Upminster which is not nearly so convenient. Your memories stirred mine into action...and I am sure they will do so for others as well. Thank you. Roy K Shoesmith

Comment from Roy Shoesmith on Saturday, 18th February 2012.

RE: Memories of Growing up

Reading these memories has really evoked some lovely memories of my own. I was born in Upney hospital in January 1955 and lived in North Street until the age of 12 when we moved to Thames View. I went to Northbury School and I too have very fond memories of the Mrs Biddis the headteacher of the infants and Mr Brindley the head of the junior school. If my memory serves me correctly at the end of George Street, opposite the Red Lion, was the telephone exchange which I believe was the Rippleway exchange. Growing up in North Street in the flats was an experience that I wouldn't have missed for the world, so many children to play with and such a great community.

Comment from Sandie Chipperfield on Tuesday, 1st January 2013.


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