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Memories of Ilford
Harrison Gibson Fire
I remember the H-G fire well. I was sixteen at the time and was on my way home from evening classes at the South West Essex Tech, as it was called in those days, in Longbridge Road Barking. As soon as I left the college on my bike I noticed the glow in the sky and knew it was somewhere near where we were living at the time in Sunnyside Rd. I always rode down Dawlish Drive and by the time I reached South Park Drive, you could see and smell the smoke and the roads were becoming very busy. Whilst watching what was going on I bumped into my father who was a policeman based at Ilford nick, he had been called in because of the emergency to help direct the traffic. Most of the surrounding streets were clogged with vehicles and buses were being turned around at the wide part of Romford Rd near Little Ilford Lane and the Guinness bottling plant. The other way they were being... Read more
I remember when I used to catch a trolley at Fanshawe Avenue and go to Ilford Broadway and then go for a wander around the shops in Ilford. If I recall, the trolley bus ride was about 2d each way. When it came time to go home I caught a bus outside Harrison Gibsons which took me to the top of South Park Drive, that was the turning that I lived in. Those days were amongst the happiest of my life. I remember a sweet shop, when I got off at the Broadway, called Bravo's as this was not too long after the war, they seemed to have a wonderful array of sweets. I also remember a road called Roden Street where you could buy second-hand books it was like an Alladins Cave. I believe Ilford Films were in the same area.
Saturday Mornings in The Basement
The time was late 1950s early 60s. At the time I was on drums and vocals with local Ilford groups. Most Saturday mornings would find me with a mix of local band people chatting in Ron's basement with Chick and Joey Dormer working for Ron( who usually was upstairs with the vinyls). Joey, a brilliant technical drummer (liked Louis Bellson and Art Blakey, etc) would demonstrate stick work and finger and wrist exercises. Other visitors included the late Steve Marriott (Small Faces) and my pal Mick Bick, another drummer whom I regularly supported at the Thomas a Becket south of the river. Others who came to jam until told to "turn it down" included members of TR & the Castaways, BP & the Tremeloes (Barking TH was just up the road), The China Plates (with a very young David Essex on drums and vocals). A friend to many was a Peter Gold, who played baritone sax and clarinet for his dad Benny. Benny led a well known function dance band... Read more
The Pantomime Cinderella was performed at the Ilford Hippodrome from Dec 28th 1942 – Jan 4th 1943. When the pony hauling Cinderella’s coach stopped on the stage it went and dropped a load of poo. The children all thought it was great fun, including me. Sadly the Ilford Hippodrome was destroyed by the Germans when a V2 rocket landed at the back of the theatre on the night 12th Jan 1944 during a performance of the pantomime Dick Whittington – many were killed and injured.
Jobsons Newsagent 269 Cranbrook Road Ilford
My father and grandfather, Henry Reeve and Frank Jobson, owned the newsagent facing the main Valentine's Park Gates. I was born 1968, in the bedroom above, and arrived with the newspapers. I spent such a great childhood residing in lford and sadly had to leave 1979 when the lease could not be renewed, as the buildings were being demolished. But very happy memories I still hold close to my heart.
Memories - Rose & Crown Pub Ilford
I lived opposite the Rose & Crown pub in the old 3 storey victorian houses, they were demolished years ago but I clearly remember looking out of my bedroom window at chucking out time and laughing at the 'drunk' people staggering down the road - I was around 3-4years old then. As a treat on a Saturday and if my dad was lucky on the 'horses' my dad used to take us for a milkshake in the Rainbow Cafe near the Pioneer Mkt. Happy memories
Request For Info
This is not a memory - more of a request for info/stories please. I used to live in Barkingside in the 1990's when I was a child. I have since moved away but I am still very interested in the history of the area, especially anything about the second world war. As someone who is deeply interested in history, I am wondering if anyone on here has any stories or info on Barkingside during the war, especially in the Longwood Gardens/Oakleafe Gardens area as I used to live there. I read in a war book that Oakleafe Gardens was bombed in the 1940's - does anyone know anything about that please? I would love some extra info on it. Thanks in advance.