South Woodford, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

When Gates Corner Was A Corner

Lived in South Woodford with my parents from 1952-1972 before marrying, and worked for Gates in this very building from 1968-1977 before moving up the High Road to their new Head Office when this building caught fire overnight, the new 8-lane A406 Nth.Circular having already scythed its way through the ...Read full memory

Before The Traffic Lights

My family moved from Goodmayes to South Woodford in 1927 and my first memory was of my father waving welcome to 31 Lansdowne Road as we arrived in a Daimler hired car! At Churchfields School, headmaster Mr Walford, we were warned by our teacher Mrs Pettit of the arrival of the new traffic lights at Gates ...Read full memory

Off Licence

I was 4, and my brother 3, my mum and dad ran the off licence and lived in the flat above. Their names where Audrey and Bill Johns. My name is Barbara and my brother is Trevor. My father embezzeled £300 and was evicted from the flat and off licence. Does any one remember us? We where put up for adoption soon ...Read full memory