Memories of Epping
I can remember the Wakes Arms car park being full of motor cycles & riders most summer evenings & weekends. It was the mecca for the motorcycle enthusiasts to show off their gleaming new machines or their custom built motorbikes. Not much beer was consumed as the younger element were well aware of the dangers, but the cafe next to the pub did a roaring trade as they provided a wash down point for the motorbike scrambler fraternity. Many a friendship was started around that water standpipe. An ex Triumph100 rider.
The wooden railings to be seen in this photo is the old Epping cattle market where the animals were sold on market days. There is a memorial/water fountain still standing which would have originally been in the middle of the cattle market at the church end of Epping High Street.
I worked in the pub, restaurant, whatever, after it had replaced the pub, what a crying shame that the pub had gone. Anyroad, there was a massive fire which started in the kitchens, and I had to go on site to try to watertight what was left of the roof after the fire, I actually have a load of photos of this.
I love this photo - those old cars ! I don't remember the old building with the wooden balconies. It must have disappeared between 1955 and the first half of the 1960s. Monday has always been market day in Epping. Years ago there was a bit of a cattle market at the top end near the church, but I can't recall whether I ...Read full memory