Giffords Cross Avenue c1960, Corringham
Memories of Giffords Cross Avenue c1960, Corringham
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Where I Was Born
I was born in a bungalow to the left of this photo; it was my nan and grandad's. In fact the back part of the car that can be seen on the right of this photo could well have been my dad's outside of my nan's bungalow; the bungalow is still there. We lived there for 4 months then we were given a house in Fleet Street, Coryton; my dad worked for Vacuum Oil which then became Mobil.
When we Were Young!
Way back in the early 1950's my friends and I went everywhere on our cycles. On one occasion three of us set out from Grays and went across the ferry at Tilbury to Gravesend then down the old A road to Canterbury where we had a short break before we returned the round trip was about 100 miles. One of our favorite places for a short trip was to One Tree Hill. We also used to stop there on our way home from Southend, it was very romantic spot and this brings back many memories.
Giffords Cross Cottages
The houses at the end of the shopping terrace were my home for a number of years. They were called Giffords Cross Cottages. They were decorated for the Coronation celebrations. Attended Herd Lane Primary School and then the new school at Stanford le Hope called Hassenbrook. I played the part of Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream with the Hassenbrook Players for the Coronation celebrations in the area. Was a member of the Boys Brigade at Corringham Baptist Church in Central Avenue. First memory goes back to 1947 when the hill was covered in snow for weeks.
My Dad The Greengrocer
My mum & dad, Pam & Stan Waterfall had the greengrocers shop between 1964 to, I think about 1971. We lived above the shop in a small 2 bedroom place; my sister Sue & I shared a bedroom. There was a hardware store next door. The man in there taught me how to cross my eyes lol! There was a sweet shop on the corner, a hairdressers the other end. We walked to Corringham School down an alleyway which went past the playing fields, a cemetry, across a road to Herd Lane - all the kids walked. We moved to Lampits Hill then moved to New Zealand in 1973. I had the chance to visit in 2006 & the place hadn`t changed a bit. We walked from the shops to school & had a great look around.
Photo - Date of
We live one hundred yards beyond these vehicles, towards the bottom end of Woodbrooke Way. Our house was built in 1958, so this photo must be later - and at a guess I'd say around 1960. Lovely nostalgic images though.
I was born in post-war Corringham into a large family that had been evacuated from the blitzed East End of London. I was christened and married at St. Mary's Church and I lived in Chamberlain Avenue (down the left fork of the road) until 1974. Lampits Hill holds many memories for me. At the end of WWII (before I was born) my brother stood just past the phone box on the left when a lone German fighter plane flew low on its last run to bomb the refineries at Coryton (this may have been the bomb that hit St. Mary's churchyard). As a child I played on the haystacks in the fields on the right before the houses were built and walked by here to and from Herd Lane School. In the 1950s I watched the Queen drive by to celebrate her Coronation. I had my first kiss here. In the 1960s I used to catch the bus here to work in London. In... Read more
The Corringham Bull
The Corringham Bull brings back memories for me too. I remember very well the legendary publican Charlie Abbott, better known as 'short change Charlie'. I left Corringham in 1963 but I sometimes return for a visit and have a pint in the Bull but it never seems quite the same as it was, but I suppose that's the way it is, nothing stays the same.
I was born June 1953 in the white bungalow just to the right of the woman in the photo. It was called "Meadway" and my parents moved there in 1950 when there was just fields opposite where the houses can be seen.
My sister still lives on the plot of land in the house built in 1975 to replace the old bungalow.
The Old Conker Tree
This photo is taken from outside my grandparents house, Church Cottage, Church Road. This old tree caused some stress to my granddad as every year children would come and throw sticks to bring down the best conkers. I left in 1972 aged 14 to go to New Zealand. But this tree brings back great memories. My Great Aunt lived across the road another of your photos. We lived at 13 Fobbing Road. I may be on the other side of the world but this page has brought so many memories.
1955 to 1972
I grew up in one of the bungalows at the foot of One Tree Hill and often spent weekends and school holidays with the Keeper's children, Peter and Jonathon Scott. One Tree Hill was a fascinating place to spend our weekends and school holidays. I remember the sand pit and an old spa. There was also a wartime pillbox/gun emplacement placed centrally on the hillside.
My father worked at Cawdor Hall farm at the foot of the hill so I also spent time with the farm children, and if we weren't building straw camps from the bales we were fooling around in the barns. At Guy Fawkes we always had a bonfire which the children mostly built. We used to make a guy using old clothes and straw each year, with the Springfield Cafe being a tremendous source of firework money from "penny for the Guy" sessions.
Photography was a serious hobby of mine and I have several photos from the 1960's and 1970's. I lived there from... Read more
Hall on Lampits Hill (1947 Plus)
Living next door to the hall (In Giffords Cross Cottages) I can remember going to film shows consisting of various shorts.
Many were about road safety
One I remember well was a section of the film "Champagne Charlie" with Tommy Trinder singing the song.
Stanford le Hope School
School trip to the Festival Of Britain
Dome of Discovery and what a day we all had
Stanford le Hope Cinema
I remember going to this cinema as a party from the school to see "A Queen is Crowned" following the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
I lived in Corringham 1954-1972. The Regent, known to most of us as the old bug'utch or Stanford fleapit, was of course our local cinema. I saw many films there, they were usually nearly a year old before they were shown at the Regent. I'm presuming that a film just a few weeks after its grand London premiere would be expensive to rent and therefore the preserve of opulent cinemas in more upmarket towns, eg State and Ritz in Grays! By the time they'd been out for 9 or 10 months they became the legitimate prey of the Regent! The Regent I'm sure became a bingo hall in early 1970, though I'm sure it showed one last movie which I think was 'Waterloo', I don't think it ever showed another film. That was probably 1971. I left Corringham in the summer of 1972 [40 years ago in a few months]. Can anyone remember two Regent characters, the chap with the suit [and moustache?] who was the manager and a regular called... Read more
Lampits Hill Hall
I remember the hall next door to the garage in Lampits Hill. We used to attend socials there on Saturday nights and if my memory serves me correctly they were always well attended.
The Regent Cinema
I am a member of a dance club that has accquired the Regent Cinema in Corringham Road. The building was flooded early in 2010 and since then the new owners with help from their members have been slowly restoring the building. In early December 2010 the upper floor was finished and The Old Regent Ballroom opened for business. Work will commence downstairs early in 2011. During the renovations we have started to research into the history of the building and have been able to source a small amount of information, courtesy of the local newspaper archives, regarding the opening of the Cinema in 1935, the first film shown etc. What we are missing are photos of the original interior and the approximate date that the cinema closed, we know that it was in the 1970s. To enable us to find the last film, closing announcement etc what we need is the year and if possible the month it closed. Any assistance to locate this information would be greatly appreciated.... Read more
Has anyone got any info or photos on the playschool in Lampits Lane? It was in a bungalow, No 7. I am not sure of the year. Thanks, Steve
If you head down Lampits Hill and carry on past Giffords Cross road on your right, you then enter Church Road, the next road on your left is Fobbing Road. Opposite this junction is a building called the Old School House, this was the original school for Corringham long before Herd Lane (Corringham Primary) was built. I lived in Pump House, which is on the corner of Church Road/Fobbing Road from 1958 to 1966 as it belonged to my parents who came to Corringham from Kent in 1944, and took over the shop from my father's aunt Florence Dane (hence Danes Corner). As I recall, there was a church/village hall next to the site of the petrol station in Lampits Hill, then owned by Alec Monk, it is still owned and run by the same family today. In those days, the Manorway used to turn up Rookery hill into Church Road and all the traffic going to the refinery came this way and mostly went up Lampits Hill. I can remember,... Read more
I used to live in Fobbing Road and can remember the old fire station before its makeover, does anyone have any pictures of this?
School House or Church?
Is there anyone out there who remembers the building that was located where the car sales place/petrol station is on Lampits Hill. It was either a school house or church. I think it was located on a mound, I remember going there for Christmas bazaars and summer fetes. Has anyone out there got any photos of this? Would be nice to see one. Debbie..