Tricycle 1909, Hornchurch
Memories of Tricycle 1909, Hornchurch
I can confirm Pittle Lane does not exist in Hornchurch, this is in fact Billet Lane out side what is now the Doctors and Dentist surgeries 58, 58A & 58B Billet Lane. Both the properties on the right hand side still occupy the land. Although 60 Billet Lane sold its orchard off to build 58A Billet Lane in 1953. 58 Billet Lane, the doctors, sold its orchard off to make way for the new doctors surgery 58B Billet Lane in the early 1970's. The oak tree in the background was made into window and door furniture for 58A Billet Lane. Great picture.
Hornchurch & local memories
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A W SIBLEY- Butchers
This butchers shop seen to the left was owned by my family and was next to Woolworths. We had other shops in Chadwell Heath, Ilford etc. as well as Frank's Farm in Upminster. Behind the shop was a slaughter house and a large field and, as a small child, I remember visiting the slaughter house to see pigs being killed and butchered ( I have a memory that one of these such days was a Sunday). We sold the chain of shops to Mathews Butchers in the late sixties.
Mr Grain And Suttons Secondary
Mr Grain was my music teacher along with Miss Ruffles at Suttons. I was in his school choir and in 1963 or 64 we performed 'Nicholas and the Pickled Boys' in the school hall for the parents. Mr Grain was very strict, but he got us all singing. He accused me once of not washing the previous night's make up off, when actually I had, but I had applied fresh make up discreetly that morning hoping the teachers wouldn't notice as it was strict school rules, no make up allowed in school.
All Coming Back to me Now!
Hi from New Zealand, so good to see this site, found quite by accident. I was born in Oldchurch Hospital in 1946 and spend my childhood living at Laburnum Walk, Elm Park. Ayloff School was my first memory, crossing Southend Road - helped by the Crossing man with his lollypop banner (Mr Walmsley), such a nice man. Recall walking (in snow & rain) to the swimming pool in Hornchurch from Ayloff...such a long way for little legs. Later went on to Suttons Secondary (no bains for the "grammar" school). We had a music teacher by the name of Mr Grain, fondly know as "Seed Box" . Recall the boys putting sugar in the petrol tank of his scooter! Also remember being pushed in dad's wheelbarrow along Maylands Avenue on a Sunday morning to the Gardening Society (dad was a member) to collect plants, canes, seedlings etc. Walks to the Library in Elm Park with dad were good, my first glance at "Lady Chatterleys Lover"...later to be read in a brown... Read more
I used to go to Saturday morning pictures and was on the committee to keep the children in line. We also had a choir, and we sung on the stage of Leicester Square Odeon. Then we had a Christmas Dinner. My friend Dierdre Esquilant also went.
Wood Hall Parade
I can remember most of the shops here. The off-licence, Stowells; where Robert Harlow and his family lived and served. Then Draytons, the sweet shop - Mr Drayton had rather red cheeks! Then there was Lings, the post office and paper shop, run by Mr Landless and family, Roger being the son. Then the family Curtis took over from them, Hilary and Stephen being the children. Then there was Greenstores, Les Appleton used to manage the shop. Then came the butchers, then the Skeels family had the green grocers shop, Harry, his wife, mother- in- law, daughter Margaret and son John, and their parrot! The next one I remember is the draper shop with a hairdresser's at the back. Then lastly on the end, the oil shop, with the spotty dog running up and down in the garden at the side! I have probably missed a couple, but I did leave Benets Road and Somerset Gardens, where I lived, in 1962!
St. Andrews Church.
I used to go to Sunday school here, every Sunday afternoon. I was an angel in a Nativity play, and have a lovely black and white print of the play with numerous friends in, to name a few:- ....... Linda Hutley, Shirley Green, Faith Evans, Jennifer Rounce, Christine Pinner and Julian Krautman and Christopher Newbury. Mrs Harrison played the organ, and took us for choir lessons! My friend Patricia Merriman and I used to be at the back of the congregation, kneeling on four piled high hassocks, and falling off them!
My Life in Elm Park, Hornchurch
I could go on and on with memories. Myself and my parents moved from London to Arbour Way, Elm Park on 24th August 1953. I went to Ayloff School from 1954-1960, when I left to go to Suttons Secondary. We moved to Elm Park because my dad worked at Murex in Rainham and it was a lot closer for him to get to work. I went to Brownie's at, I think it was St Nicholas church hall, in Benhurst Avenue around 1960. Miss Smithson was the Brown Owl. Also she was the secretary of the Riteway School of Motoring at the corner of Maylands Avenue and Coronation Drive. The instructor there was a Mr Gollop who scared the life out of my parents when he taught them to drive circa 1958. When I went for driving lessons in 1968 I said to him. "you scared my parents, but you won't scare me". He passed me over to a younger instructor, then back to himself to take me for... Read more
Our house was in Northumberland Avenue and the park was at the end of my garden. My sister and I used to jump the little river over to the park most days after school. Lots of memories there, good to see the picture. I went back there two years ago - hasn't changed much.
Hi my name is Doug Wilson. This site brought back so many memories. I was born in a bungalow in Wingletye Lane in August 1954 but moved to Great Gardens Road when I was 9 months old. From the time that I was allowed to cross the road on my own (was not very old -so few cars around then and my parents drummed into me to look both ways), I spent most of my time in Haynes Park: playing on the roundabout, playing pick up stick, on the slide (we used to bring the grease proof paper that bread was wrapped in and polish the brass on the slide till you would fly off the end, the parkie would then rub candle wax on it to slow it down), and on the rocking swing - we would swing till the bars bumped and stand on the end of it and jump off. Monkey bars - we would climb to the top and hang upside down, and long jumping into... Read more
Our Wedding Day
On the 19th of April, 1952 Pam Totman and I were married in this magnificent Church; she had just turned 20. I was 22 and in the Royal Navy. Pam had worked in Woolworths but at the time we met she was employed in Harold Wood at Brookes the car paint specialists. On the 1st of September 1951, her cousin Ted Dawes was to marry my cousin Jean. We both told tried to dodge the wedding but our mothers' insisted...that's a long story. Nevertheless, we attended. I glanced over my left shoulder in church prior to the start of the service and a beautiful young lady was smiling ... yes, at me. At the reception the 'place-name' on my right, showed ...Pam Totman. Yes, it was she. We danced and laughed throughout those hours together; you know the rest. We have four lovely daughters. Susan, Debbie... she was born in Nurse Maddocks Nursing Home... Julie and Wendy. Sue is 60 this year and Wendy is 50. The most sweetest mum... Read more
My great grandfather was a blacksmith in Rainham from 1875 until 1922 when he died. His name was Frederick Fynn and he worked in back lane. My grandfather and father were also born in Rainham, but I was born in Dagenham in 1946.
I was born in Vicarage Road and went to Rainsford Way Primary School. This was near the Hornchurch Bus Garage and us boys would watch the big red Routemaster buses swinging round in that tight space with screeching tyres. We used to play in the streets or have dens in our gardens. We would climb trees in Harrow Lodge Park and get chased by the Parky. We had to keep a look out for the Teds, who would throw boys into the boating lake. My father made me a box-cart out of pram wheels and bits of board. Our shoes were the brakes - so, they got well and truly scuffed. Crossing the main road at speed, unable to stop, meant the soap box was thrown on top of the garage and I got spanked for trying to liberate it. Rocket cap bombs were thrown up in unison to explode in the road - they were confiscated. We went through the roller skate craze, the cycle craze, collected car numbers - boring!... Read more
I lived in Minster Way from 1947-58 in one of the bungalows in this photo - but there were trees along the front of the house by this time. I remember milk being delivered by horse and cart - the milkman would go quickly up and down the front paths to put the milk bottles at the door and call out to the horse when he wanted it to move along. My father used to go out in the street with a shovel to pick up the droppings for our garden.
I lived in Hornchurch 1946-58. Went to school at North Street Primary and then for a brief time to Dury Falls before we moved in 1958. My father ran Cramphorns Corn and Seed Merchants, which can just be seen in this photo. My best friend was Elaine Collett whose parents had the Toy/Pram Shop opposite the White Hart Pub. Aleys Bakers was directly opposite and Enid Aley and I used to go to Madam DeVere's School of Dancing near Harold Lodge Park. Later I attended Shirley Dunton's Dance School. I remember The Dell and St. Andrew's Church where all our family's weddings, christenings and burials were held. Also in the High Street were Fentiman's Greengrocers, Boots,Pollards, The Green Lantern Cafe, and the Home & Colonial Stores. Further along was Timothy Whites and Burton Tailors. Going toward Billett Lane was The Bull, Woolworths and Finlays (my friend Janet lived above there). I had friends in Grey Towers and we all played in the woods opposite Harold Lodge (where... Read more
Elm Park 1950-1985
The MORLEY family of nine who squeezed into a new house in Rosewood Ave, Elm Park 1950s - 1980s, did a 'down memory lane' trip 28 July 2011 (Romford Recorder), brilliant to go back to your roots. Some shops literally have not changed and some shops are long gone. Harold Lodge Park still beautiful with lake, Maylands Girls School now called Albany. Did the trip to school from old home, which was long and tiring after school but today its only a hop, skip and jump. Dunningford School now sadly demolished (our infant and Jnr.School). Mum had job at Hornchurch Fire Station, Dad at Elm Park Coach Works, Fossies. Saw an old friends Dad in his front garden and exchanged phone numbers. Some people never move away. We had lovely neighbours and still think of them. Old Airfield was our playground, bare-back riding on wild horses near Bretons Manor and nights out at the Elm Park Hotel. Ancestors lived Lambs Lane Cottages, South End Road, Hornchurch and... Read more
Spar Shop Run by Eric Pearce
My father used to run a shop in Hornchurch. I have lovely memories of those days, playing in what I think was an old quarry at the back of the shop. The lady who ran the sweet shop gave me a bride doll which I adored. Helping my dad pack the cardboard boxes for home deliveries. I have a photo of my twin brother and I playing at the front of the shops. We moved away when I was seven and unfortunately I have no memory of where the shop was or the name of the road. If anyone remembers the shop or my father I would love to hear from you.
School Days in Hornchurch
I was born in Hornchurch and attended North Street School, I can still smell the greens from the canteen. We had little beds put up in the hall and after dinner we had to have a little sleep before afternoon school, then they changed the boundaries and I had to go to Suttons Junior School. I was at school with the Wilton twins and Mrs Wilton who was very gentle and kind. I also remember all the teachers that Elizabeth mentions and I also liked Mr Moore. So many menories came back when I was reading her story, the horse and cart with the milk and the baker who had to pull his cart along and the lovely smell of the cakes. We shopped at the Towers end of Abbs Cross Lane as I lived in the Avenue, there was Clarkes the butchers and the Yorkshire Cake Shop and a greengrocers so you did not have to go right into Hornchurch, then on other days we would go to the... Read more
The Pool House
I was a resident at the cottage homes from about 1960 for a few years, and again in the later 1960s and early 1970s. The building on the right is where the swimming pool was. We used to collect the key from the lodge at the front gates. There were 12 houses, all named after trees. Hawthorn House, Laurel House, Laburnham House and so on. We had orchards behind the houses on the right, a sports field and sick bay right up the top on the right. Behind the houses on the left you could see Harrow Lodge Park and the swimming pool complex. I remember the Candy Box sweet shop, Hornchurch bus garage and my first school, St Mary's. I think they were happy years, even though we were in care. I remember the years fondly.
Suttons Secondary Modern Boys' School, Hornchurch
My Dad, Dennis (Den) Smith lived at 69 St. Andrews Avenue with his widowed mother Iris and his younger sister Mary. During WWII the area suffered bomb damage and dad and his sister were evacuated to Birmingham. However, dad soon got homesick and returned to Essex. During the war his mother worked at the Munitions Factory at Dagenham. Dad attended Suttons School, Hornchurch, Essex between 1943-1945 and was in class the day the Spitfire crashed. He joined the Naval Cadets in 1943 for 1 year. In 1949 he enlisted with the British Army at Romford with the R.E.M.E. He served for 5 years with Colours and 7 years with the Reserves and the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany between 1953-54. In 1954 he attended a dance at The Kings Head Tavern in Romford, where he met my mum. They were married the following year and have lived happily together ever since. The family emigrated to Australia in 1964. Dad has many fond memories of his childhood and... Read more
Like Gloria Friend, I spent a happy childhood in Hornchurch, attending Suttons Primary School where my mother (Mrs Wilton) was deputy head and Mr Occomore our headmaster. We were carefully drilled in our tables, phonics and acceptable social behaviour like never dropping litter nor biting our nails and keeping our bikes in good working order. My favourite teacher (not counting my mum!) was Mr Moore who loved natural history and was a good artist. I also remember Mr and Mrs Thomas, Mrs Pharoah and Mrs Croxford. Mrs Croxford was my very first teacher and we would be given small balls of rather grubby plasticine and expected to roll it out and play with it (always staying in our seats) for quite long periods of time along with probably forty other small children, some of whom were crying as they missed home. There were no induction courses for reception class children in those days nor toys, though there were percussion instruments which we were allowed to play when we reached Miss... Read more
I was born in Horncurch in 1938. I lived in Kent Drive for 14 years and attended Suttons Primary and went onto Romford High in 1952. We backed onto Suttons school and were very near the aerodrome. Kyles the green grocer on the corner of Stanley Road. Oxos (I think) the sweet shop. Maisie the milkman's horse who delivered daily along with the baker and on Fridays the fish man with cockles and mussels. Doctor Crainer our marvelous GP. As a child I would walk with my mother to the White Hart in the village where many shops had been destroyed by air raids. The Home and Colonial Stores was my mother's favorite port of call. Burtons tailors was on a corner with a billiard hall above. At 14 I moved to Upminster Bridge and after leaving school I worked at Ford Motor Co in the drawing office. I was both confirmed (1948)and married (1960) in St Andrew's Church. When as a child, I had attended the church often and... Read more
If anybody knew my dad and reads this site, please tell others, Tony died on October 31st 2008 at home in the arms of June, his wife of 57 years and my mum. It is now nearly a year and I still miss him so much, I lost a mentor and friend.
On www.archive.org there are two short movies of him and his family, one taken at 18 Priors Park, Hornchurch when he must be about 30 years old, and another in his home in Basildon when he was in his 50ish years.
In his later years he was plagued with ill health, and spent most of his time at home. His last holiday was with my wife and I in Scotland, a place he loved with a passion, he made many good friends there.
Dad also had a few plays recorded by the BBC and wrote some short stories, some are very funny.
He left June, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 3 grandsons, 5 granddaughters and and a great-grandaughter. They... Read more
SUTTONS SECONDARY BOYS SCHOOL HORNCHURCH
I attended Suttons Secondary School whilst living in Elm Park from 1946 to 1948, after that we moved to Scotland. I enjoyed Suttons and can remember several of the teachers. Mr Lovatt was the Principal, his secretary was Miss Swan (an attractive lady). Mr Ward, Vice Principal, taught us technical drafting.
His greased-back hair and mouthfull of bad teeth gave him a fearsome look, if a pupil got out of line Mr Ward would throw chalk at him or rap his head with the blackboard ruler. I enjoyed sports events, especially the 100 yards. Frank Isaac was the school's best runner. Mr Cook was our House Master, Mr Bird taught woodwork, Mr Gee taught chemistry, we used to let off stink bombs in his class, that got me to the Principal's office once, Mr Ward was there but he didn't give me the cane. It was while I was at this school that I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to Kennylands Camp School with my friend... Read more
The Bull Hotel
I lived in Elm Park from when I was born (in Oldchurch Hospital) in 1950 to when I was dragged away to Australia, kicking and screaming (inside) at the end of 1964. I often went to The Bull with a couple of my friends from Maylands girls' school. Of course, being only 13 or 14, we had to stay outside but we went to listen to the groups that played there, from time to time.
Lots of happy times (and a few hangovers ) in the Bull pub in the early sixties. In the days when the door was in the front, there used to be a small bar to the left with a dart board and pin table with a small hatch/bar where you got your light and bitter or Watneys Red Barrel. I left hornchurch in the mid 70s, must go back one day...
Christmas Tree in Hornchurch
I too was born and brought up in Hornchurch and remember the bakers - it was called Alies and the daughter was called Enid who went to our school. Just by the bakers was waste ground and I am sure I can remember seeing a christmas tree there, does anyone else remember this? Carol Board (Westbrook)
I Just Started School in 1950
I grew up in Hornchurch, born in 1945. As a child I got my first eye glasses right up the street from where this picture was taken. Odells I think it was called.
My mother used to send me out to get bread right next to where the bus is located in this picture. Allies or Aylies Bakers I think.