Seven Kings, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

Downhall School

I arrived at the Infants School aged 6, fresh from a tiny village school in rural Somerset. My abiding memory was of the outside communal toilets with a trough at the base of a wall which used to back on to the pavement of Aldborough Rd. We would compete to see who could reach the highest up the wall (if you know what I ...Read full memory

A memory of Seven Kings by Ian Wilman

Walking To School

I went to Downshall Infants and Primary up to the age of 12 when I then went to Ilford Country High in Gants Hill. I remember the daily walk along Meads Lane calling for a sour grapes gob stopper that would dye our mouths dark purple. The school seemed so big and when I look at this photo it looks like something out of ...Read full memory

A memory of Seven Kings by Linda Bell

Downshall Secondary School

I have very fond memories of Downshall Secondary where I was between 1958 and 1962. I used to live in Downshall Avenue, and we used to walk everywhere, to school, to Seven Kings Park and the park up Meads Lane. We also used to walk to swimming lessons at Ilford Baths which was quite a way. I enjoyed the art ...Read full memory