Buckhurst Hill In The 50's & 60's

A Memory of Buckhurst Hill

I was born in Princes Road (19) in 1953, right opposite Forest Edge in my Gran's attic room. My gran was Annie Surridge. The house has now been converted to a block of flats. I then, at the age of six months, moved to Hong Kong. We used to come back whenever the old man had leave between postings - we were an army family. My earliest memories were of fishing with a net for sticklebacks & minnows in the Cascade at about the age of five. Fifty years later I was back fishing the same stretch of the Roding. This time for Perch, Roach & Chub. I can remember my uncle Sap & dad going for a drink at 'The Colts' when we were in town & going to Gingers on errands for gran.
The toy shop was a delight with the train set -as it seems to be for most kids. I also remember the bakers on the opposite corner & the delicious smell of fresh baked bread. My gran used to work as a cleaner in the Bald Faced Stag for a while. Unfortunately, she left us in 1984 & is now buried in St. John's along with mum. Lord's Bushes was where we, as kids, would camp out overnight. A great adventure as youngsters.

A memory shared by David Killen , on Mar 14th, 2013.

Comments & feedback

Tue Aug 26th 2014, at 2:41 pm

mail commented:

What lovely memories,I used to go to the Church almost next door and we would all meet on the corner of Forest Edge afterwards. Would often pop round to "Harolds " chip shop towards the bottom of Queens Road. I just recently managed to make contact with friends from that Church of 1956, some as far away as Canada now.

Thu Feb 25th 2016, at 11:17 am

daisywishes commented:

While there have been so many changes to buildings and shops in Buckhurst HIll, Lords Bushes is still such a lovely place to be. We try to go every day. Somehow it seems to be a secret and almost private little forest as you very rarely see anyone, so cut off from the rest of Epping forest. Mind you we've not camped over night….yet!

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