The Wake Arms Inn c1955, Epping
Memories of The Wake Arms Inn c1955, Epping
My memories of the Wake Arms pub are, travelling from Harold Hill every Friday night, me, my mates and girlfriends too, to the heavy metal disco they held at the Wake Arms, drinking more than I should have then driving home, but what a brilliant night, never no aggro. A great memory.
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.
Epping & local memories
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Shopping in Epping
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 ever actually saw it. I remember the first supermarket I ever went to was in Epping - Tescos - they sold clothing (Delamare or Delaware) as well as groceries. The bright coloured dyes on their clothes ran so it was safer to buy white. The first Tescos in Epping would have been more or less opposite the church towards the cross roads junction.
There was also a small old style Woolworths with the old wooden counters and the dusty floors. I remember we always went to Ellens for our shoes as they sold the reliable Clarkes brand of... Read more
The Cattle Market
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.
My Next Door Neighbours Memories of Epping in WW1
I grew up in Epping, living next door to an old lady, Ann Young (nee Shakespeare), who lived in a bungalow her husband built on Bower Hill crica the 1920/30s. She had lived in Epping all her life. Her father, a builder, even named a house in Allnutts Road after her when she was very young (it still has the stone with her name in it today). She was a child living in Epping during the First World War. She would tell me that living in the Allnutts Road/Ivy Chimneys area of Epping, she would know when she was late for school, because she could hear the bells of church ringing. She even told me that on a clear day you could hear the fighting in France. I don't know if her point about hearing the war is true or not, but it's interesting that there was so little sound pollution that they could hear the bells all over Epping!
Old Times Gone by
That looks a little like my dad's old car. I have happy memories of Epping. I was born there over 50 years ago in Ivy Chimneys and remember walking across the roads in town with my dad hand in hand, and after school going up in the woods playing around the old fish ponds and often going and helping my dad at work in the cemetery in Bury Lane.