My Grandparents Lived In 2 Tanyard Cottages

A Memory of Barkingside

I used to visit my grandparents (Gran and Robert Pearce) in 2 Tanyard Cottages when I was a small boy between 1949/55. I can remember the cottage next door was owned by Mr and Mrs Lindsell and their family. I also remember that at the top of the road the trolley buses went past between Ilford and Barkingside and the main gate to Dr Barnardos home was on this junction. In the opposite direction I used to go over a bridge over the tube train line out into farmland and an airfield. I used to walk into Barkingside with the accumulator for the radio to be charged at the local hardware shop. Next door to this shop was an ice cream shop selling Dicky Birds Ice cream. I used to love the banana flavoured glo-joy lolly! We used to spend many hours on the swings at the Rec.
Near the bus stop opposite Dr Barnados entrance there was a newsagents shop and they had a YZ chewing gum machine on the wall - the first I had seen! The chewing gum was 1d per packet, but every 4th one you got 2 packets! I used to run up to the shop to see where the line was on the handle hoping the next one would be 2 packets for 1d!

A memory shared by Bob Newton , on Nov 22nd, 2012.

Comments & feedback

Thu Apr 23rd 2015, at 9:34 pm

ejandnd commented:

I lived in Chigwell Row but had many a trip to Barkingside as a lad and teenager...often to The State Cinema but also on the right side of the Hight St going away from The State was a fishing tackle shop where I bought all the maggots a boy could use! Further up, about half way on the left was the record store, on a corner I believe....fab days...between 1955 and 1965....

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