Hackbridge, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Hackbridge and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Elmwood School

I went to school at Elmwood 1949-51. I remember a beautiful girl there named Gillian English - I always wondered what became her. The Grange - the boating lake - and Beddington Park were my favourite haunts. Ron Shelley ronshelleyis@gmail.com USA

A memory of Hackbridge by Rone Shelley


I was born in Hackbridge in 1944. I lived there until 1953 when my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins put me on a plane on May 2 to join my father who had emigrated to Canada the year before. My mother, who had lived in Hackbridge at 39 London Rd. before her marriage, with her parents, Frances and Nick McRae, had died of ...Read full memory

A memory of Hackbridge by Paul Strong

Hackbridge Triangle

I remember well the Post Office on the corner where the bus parked. This shop also sold groceries with fresh ham and bacon hanging up behind the counter. Next door was a Wavy Line, a newsagents, the oil shop run by the Harris's, Stanards the greengrocers, a chemist and a Lloyds bank branch. The opposite parade of shops ...Read full memory