Orchard Croft c1955, Harlow
Memories of Orchard Croft c1955, Harlow
When My Nan Lived at Orchard Croft
When I think of Orchard Croft, I always think of happy childhood thoughts. When I was a child my nan lived at No 80 (unit block flats) from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. I will never forget that lovely large flat and the beautiful rose bushes surrounding the areas back then. It will always hold a special place in my memories, as most of my childhood was spent at No 80. I would stay over with my nan at the weekend and sometimes in the week. I was only small but I can still remember the big large swing doors to the main entrance. She would take me for lovely walks to Tanny's Dell Park and surrounding areas. The whole area was so lovely back then. A beautiful place to bring up children. It used to be so quiet and everyone used to be so friendly. We would always take a walk round the corner to the Stow shopping centre. I can remember all of the shops so... Read more
Harrison's Newsagents - The Stow
I wonder if anyone can recall Harrison's Newsagents at 92 The Stow? It was opened by my father in December 1953 and sold in November 1980. From 1956 it was run by our manager - Bert Wood (sadly, he had to leave in November 1978 for a variety of reasons). It was then managed by Derek Elmer until we sold the business. I believe it now operates as a Wedding Dress Supplier. Any information / memories would be much appreciated. John Harrison.
Harlow & local memories
Read and share memories of Harlow and Essex inspired by Frith photos.
I Live in Harlow And I Was Born June 1995
I'm almost 18 years old and I would like to get to know some more history about where I have grown up so me and my boyfriend can raise our children. This photo of Broad Walk is where he asked me to marry him last year, if anyone can help me it would be much be appreciated.
Harlow as we know it today was the first London-area ‘New Town’ to result from the Town and Country Planning Act of 1946, a long-term plan to build a number of new towns around London to ease the housing crisis after the Second World War, when thousands of London families had lost their homes. The small village that was there before the new town arrived is known as Old Harlow, just to the east of the modern town. The new town of Harlow was developed from 1949 onwards on the site of four sparsely-inhabited parishes, a little to the west of the ‘old town’ of Harlow. So many young families moved to Harlow New Town that in the 1960s it was given the nickname of ‘Pram Town’ because of the number or prams and pushchairs that could be seen there.
Cafe in Market Square
I remember the cafe in the market square, my mum use to work in the open top part in the summer and my brother and I used to go and help her clear the tables when we were on school holidays. I remember the shops that ran around the top of the square, especially the barber shop were my brother would have his hair cut, 'short back and sides and not too much off the top'. I also remember going to the market at Christmas time when mum got her money from the Christmas club she belonged to, and we would buy all the veggies and fruit and nuts. The traders had lanterns hanging from the stalls as it got dark, it was so exciting back then and I wish I was still living in those days.
Churchgate Hotel Early Seventies
Does anyone remember this old hotel and me working there in the early seventies? Although I only worked there a short time, I met and made friends with some very nice people, the Yates family in particular, but sadly lost touch. Is the hotel still standing after all this time. Please post a response if you should know. I was the foriegn interloper from Staffordshire.
Childhood memories of Felmongers from 1953 to 1973. Playing in the woods, the park. attending Tanys Dell School annexe Mark Hall. Mark Hall Secondary Modern School, and friends that I am still in contact with from those days.
Churchgate Hotel, Old Town
I have very happy memories of working at this hotel many years ago but have lost contact with the friends I had there. My first introduction to good food was from Bill the chef, and his daughter Yvonne made delicious puddings. She became a good friend and her family took care of me when I most needed it. I was also bridesmaid to Sue and Andrew, she too became a friend. I think it was one of the better passages in my life. Thankyou Harlow for your hospitality and hello to all that I have not mentioned by name.
Yes I remember Muffets the fish mongers.
I worked after school and at the weekends, in the early 60's, in Tate’s Store at the bottom of the High Street, It was a general store that sold everything and anything you wanted from ice cream to petrol.
I use to work in the store, serve petrol and also deliver groceries, on a heavy trade pushbike, all over Old Harlow and Churchgate Street. We also use to recharge and deliver accumulators which were used in early portable radios and deliver paraffin in one gallon cans for heaters all by pushbike.
Old Harlow High Street was a busy shopping community in the 60’s with a large range of shops catering for every trade – a very different time.
My nan and grandad lived in the grounds of Parndon Hall. My grandad worked for the Arkwrights. An unexploded bomb landed near the cottage they rented. For a few weeks they were given rooms in the Hall. I spent a few days and nights in that grand Hall.
I was born in Felmongers then moved to Mark Hall Moors when I was very young. My parents were one of the first to move to Harlow from London and my Dad had to have a job to qualify for a council house. He worked in Templefields and my brother and I went to school at Tany's Dell. I remember this block as we used to go up to the top to look at the view!!
Tanner's Fabrics And The Coffee Roasters
My mother and I used to buy fabrics from Tanners Fabrics in Little Walk. It was a fire-trap - fabrics piled from floor to ceiling and very little room to move. Mr. Tanner always knew where everything was though and Mrs. Maxtead worked there too. The coffee roasters was a few doors down on the same side and the smell was great (unless they burned the beans!). Mum used to buy dad the Kenyan Number One roast.
This was the year we moved to Harlow from Tottenham. The market was much nicer then than it has been since, especially since the council put up those awful permanent stalls. At the corner of the market nearest the clock on the wall was a second hand clothes stall. This was where my mum bought me a pair of jodhpurs when I went to riding lessons in Waterhouse Moor stables. There was also a man selling china. He used to arrange a set of china on a large plate and would throw it up in the air. I never saw him break any.
We used to buy our Latton Bush uniforms from Bernards which was on the ground floor of the building which can be seen behind the steps, facing into the market square. The shop was owned by the Cocklins whose daughter went to Latton Bush. She left to go to stage school, and became known as Cheryl St Clair, and married Michael Barrymore!!!
I can remember the fresh clean smell of linen from Burgesses dress shop and the smell of wallpaper coming from Clarks, the painting and decorating shop and the bar of chocolate that had pictures of four boys' faces on and came out of the sweetshop there called Fourbouys.
To the bottom right of the picture looks like a butcher's shop, I started my career in the meat trade in the same high street but a few shops up in 1975 as a boy! I think that shop with the two butchers outside later became Muffetts wet fish shop.
Cool, Clear Water!
What a lovely surprise for us youngsters from Northbrooks - a beautiful new place to swim! No big scary fish or slimy weedy things to twist around you in those early days. My adventurous brothers even rode their bikes over the iced-up water one winter ... until one went under and had to be rescued by the rest! Happy days!
Fishing And Swimming
I remember going down to the River Stort with my brother Steve and mates like Tommy Hughes to fish and swim - wow, when I saw this photo it was like it was yesterday. I wish I could go back to happier times...
Where I Learned to Swim
Is the pool still there? I bet it isn't ... I'd like a pound note (sorry, Coin!) for the Ttmes I went here swimming and generally fooling around. I also learned to dive from the top board too, and my faves were the bombs (jumping in and curling up a certain way to make a bloody great SPLASH) - and also getting banned many times for doing it!
Parndon Hall WAS NOT demolished - the Victorian house still lies at the centre of the hospital site and is currently used to house the Past Graduate Medical Centre and Trust offices. Paintings done by Elizabeth Arkwright in the late 19th Century still adorn the doors walls and ceilings of the house. Sadly Parndon Hall is not accessible by the public.
This photo and the one next to it showing St Pauls must have been taken from the top of Edmunds Tower. I lived there from 1970 - 1974, the views from the roof were wonderful. It was then a walk away from the town centre over the big car park and then back of the big shops (Woolworths was one of them), the view now is very different and the town centre is on the doorstep!
The Blacksmiths we Took Kitty to to Get New Shoes
The doctors (Dr Busby) we went to was to the left of the blacksmiths. The Pub is called the Green Man. I had many an orange juice and crisps from there. It was one of the pubs my dad used. Next to that on the right was a big field where they had the fair, cicuses and rodeo shows.
THE BOATS WE LOOKED AFTER
While my family lived in the lock house 1950 - 1961, my father rented the rowing boats out and also the fishing permits. This is only one place where they were moored. At various times they were both sides of the bridge and on both banks. On the left bank of this picture there was the swimming pool and on the right they built a boating club in the late 50s with kayaks & racing rowing boats from 1 to eight people. Most of my childhood was spent either in the canoes, rowing boats or I was fishing, with my sister or mates .Finish this story later
THIS IS HOW THE LOCK LOOKED LIKE WHEN MY FAMILY LIVED IN LOCK COTTAGE 1950 - 1961
This is where I spent my life from 2 years old till I was 13 years old. Fishing, rowing boats, paddling canoes and riding Kitty the horse in the field behind our cottage that my dad looked after and stabled at night for the owner who lived in the big house in Old Road. See the picture at top of Old Road - that's where we took Kitty and the grey horse we later looked after to be shod.
THE TOWPATH WHERE THE BOATS WERE MOORED LATER ON
There used to be a very large weeping willow there that used hang over the river. We used to cast underneath it as fish used to congregate under it. This is the bank where I did most of my fishing from. On the left of picture was our flower garden, a pear and apple tree, a water well then a lawn then a vegetable garden right to the top, where the horse grips are. In those days the barges were pulled by shire horses, not until the late 1950s did monkey boats come in (Narrow Boats) and over the bridge are the telephone wires where my dad saved a swan which got caught up in them. It broke both wings but survived and when it got better it could not fly any more, but it came down to the lock gates every single day as if to say thanks to him. I've got photos of him feeding it with bread. When I was 3 I lost my toy speed boat... Read more
ONE OF MY BEST SCHOOL FRIENDS HOUSES
This is where one of my best friends still lives. His name is Michael, he's a Spurs supporter. Still get a Xmas card and from 5 years old until I left in 1961 we stayed friends with our little gang of mates Colin, David, Gary, Christopher, Wiggy and a few others . We all went to Forbert & Barnards and Mark Hall schools . We had many a good day together outside of school hours.
THE BLACKSMITHS TOP OF OLD ROAD .Can Any One Remember The Name of Pub in Picture Please Let me Know
This is where my dad used to take Kitty for her new shoes. One day while on our way home I was riding her and dad was leading her, when she trod on his foot and broke it. He had to ride her back to the doctors which was very near the blacksmiths. On the right of the blacksmiths there was a big field where they put on shows etc and we saw the cowboy show in there one year, also the circus. And down Old Road was the Royal British Legion club where we used to go every year for the childrens Christmas party.
Where I Grew up With my Sister Christine & Dog Judy
This picture is the view from the main road of Harlow lock, Old Mill Resturant and weir and the towpath where the rowing boats and canoes were moored when I lived there. They were moored both sides of the bridge at various times, next to the swimming pool and then by the boat house that was built late 50s. I spent many a long hour fishing on that towpath, rowing the boats and paddling the canoes. They were all wood in those days, beautiful boats then kayaks came in. They built a rowing club shed where they kept the boats. Big long rowing boats.
Messing About on The River
With my sisters, catching tiddlers on warm summer days. We would have picnics beside the river. We loved helping to change the lock for the boats that came through. Later, when a little older we would swim and for a while joined the canoe club. After my marriage and when I had children myself, my husband and I would take them for picnics. He would fish while they played and caught their own tiddlers. As they got older they too would fish or swim. On a trip back to England in 2005, my husband and I walked again along the riverbank and it was just as magical to us then as it was before. I have so many happy memories of growing up in Harlow.
Brought up in Harlow
I moved to Churchfield, Harlow, from London in 1955 and I went to the Spinney School and then onto Markhall in 1963. I had fond memories of Churchfield up until 1969 when my brother Kevin Welsh drowned in an accident in the River Stort. We moved to Pottersfield after that and In 1971 I married at St Stephens church, Bush Fair. I lived in various different address from then but the last was Sycamore Field up until 1993. I don't have any old photos of Harlow but have loads of fond memories of places like the town park and the swimming pool, also of Canons Brook golf club in my later years at the town. I still go back occasionally as I still have some nephews and nieces living in Harlow and my mum, dad, two brothers and a sister are all buried there.
In the fifties I remember the Regal cinema at Temple Fields. I think it was an old factory converted to a cinema. I used to go on Saturday morning with my older brother. You had to be arrive early or it would be full and you would not get in!
There was a piano and we would have to sing before we could watch the films.
"We come along on Saturday morning, greeting every body with a smile etc" could be heard every week. Great days. It was not the same when the Odeon was opened in the new town and the Regal closed.
I can remember moving into our house in Rivermill in 1958. The houses had only just been built. There were no paths leading up to the houses or pavements and roads. It was a wonderful feeling even for a child of three to be walking into a freshly built house that no one else had lived in.
Just wondered if anyone remembers 'Harrisons Newsagents' based at 92 The Stow. My father opened this shop in December 1953, and it was for many years run by a manager - Mr Wood (Bert). The shop was sold in November 1980 and I believe that it now operates as a bridal wear shop. Any memories would be much appreciated. John Harrison
I was born at home in a house within a housing estate called East Park, I think it was No 39, in Old Harlow and then we moved to No 38 Chippingfield, Old Harlow. My elder brother went to Mark Hall School and my other brother and I went to Forbert and Barnard Infants and Junior School. I remember a small park area just a distance from our house that had a small play park where we would meet up with lots of other children. We had a great time as kids and used to also play in a much large play area with some fields, again not far from Chippingfield Estate. My dad used to work in London. I remember playing with other children who lived just a few doors away called Kevin, Kim and Debbie Elliott. We left Harlow in about 1970 as my dad got a job at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough, Hants. A few years ago my brother and I went back to East... Read more
White Horse Cottages
Just wondered if anyone could help me please. We live in Old Harlow and have recently been looking into the history of Harlow and where we live. We were wondering if anyone has any memories or photos, or just any information at all about what were The White Horse Cottages that were situated next to The White Horse pub in Old Road. Thank you.