Ilford, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

I Remember

I was born in Ilford in 1961, in Stanley Road, opposite the cemetery of St Mary the Virgin! I remember well shopping trips 'Up Ilford' with Mum or Dad as a child. I remember too, going into C&A for clothes, and visiting the Clarkes shoe shop, down a side road, I believe it was near the Town Hall, there was a tank of fish in the ...Read full memory

A memory of Ilford by Linda Rozee

Summer Holidays.

Country born and bred, I regularly stayed with aunts and uncles in Seven Kings and Barkingside My regular haunts were Valentine's 'Cranbrook' and Barkingkside Parks as well as the disused airfield known as Fairlop. The latter being a haven for aircraft modellers. I cycled everywhere and made many friends of my own age. I ...Read full memory

A memory of Ilford by John Wicks

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Ilford