I note that several Memory Writers have mentioned Knighton Woods and Lord's Bushes in their stories. I too remember these great places to play. We'd pretend we were soldiers defending an imaginary stronghold. We'd hurl pretend grenades and mills bombs at the 'enemy' from behind fallen tree roots and large bushes. However I wonder how many other youngsters who also played in these parts of Buckhurst Hill in later years, realized that a few of the quite large ponds were once bomb craters? Some ponds weren't there before the Second World War. They appeared overnight as jagged holes in the soft Essex forest. Soon they filled with water and now have blended in with the original, naturally made ponds. Today they are home for more small fish and frogs and other creatures.
I had the pleasure of playing in both parts of the woods almost every week for several years during the war. I still remember the name we gave the Knighton Woods' Game Keeper, it was 'Eggs & Bacon', but I can't recall why.
A memory shared byon Nov 30th, 2009.
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