Living In Aveley 1948 68 - a Memory of Aveley.

Hello. I came across this site yesterday quite by accident and was really taken away by all the memories. Here are mine - I was surprised by the names and everything else that came back to me. Forgive me if I don't spell all the names right, I think they should still be recognizable. And I hope there's enough space for everything! Dad - HERBERT (MICK) Newberry - was from a family of about 16(!) kids in S. Stifford (Moore Avenue). Mum - ELSIE Doris Marsden - was from a family in Tilbury (Feenan Highway). The Marsdens were apparently evacuated to Rugby, Warwickshire because of German bombing of Tilbury docks, while Dad served in the Navy. After WW2 Mum and Dad moved back south with me. But what I didn't find out until about 40 years later, I wasn't their child! I was the adopted son of Elsie's sister Connie through a liaison with a US airman. Anyway, we moved into one of the first new council houses in Aveley, at 22 Arnhem Avenue. Dad worked at the Tunnel Cement. My first school was Aveley Infants, down at the end of the village, wonderful with an orchard adjoining. Our first teacher was Miss Pavitt?, also wonderful. Was Mrs BANCE the headmistress? At any rate in a smart brown tweed costume. At 7, I suppose, I moved across to the Primary School, headmaster Mr Moss. In my first year the teacher was Mrs Skeets, then Mr Hampton, and 2 years with Mr Skinner. Other teachers there were Mr Ford, Mr Webster and Miss Southgate. Mr Ford rode a 3-wheeled bicycle, as far as I remember, and in the school holidays cycled from one end of Britain to the other, from Land's End to John o'Groats. Mr Skinner was a great bloke, also keen on sport, and I believe he died of a heart attack at Blackshots while refereeing a football match. I sat next to Douglas FOSTER. After school I sometimes walked home with Janice BARNARD, possibly Jill RIMMER. I joined the Wolf Cubs with Peter CLARK from next door. Mrs STODDARD? was Balou. Bob-a-jobbing was always fun, earning a shilling for running errands, cleaning windows and the like. I went on to Dagenham County High and lost contact with many school friends for a few years, especially as I stayed on into the 6th form. But I got together with them later, always playing football it seems, down at the Tunnel sports ground: Jeff COLLINS, David SHELLEY, Trevor JOHNSON, David WARREN. When we were old enough we were often in the Ordnance Arms (Percy was the publican) playing darts, eating cheese and onion rolls to make us even thirstier. In Arnhem Avenue I remember the GROVE family (Chris and Beverley), the EDGELERs (he was confined to a wheelchair, I think, because the Japanese mistreated him as a PoW. Paul COKER lived on the corner opposite, and his Dad had a three-wheeled car! The LANNIGANs were 3 boys (Ray, Michael and David?) and 1 girl. Oh, and the CLARKs (Peter and his sister Dawn) lived next to us before moving further down. Next to us there were old people's bungalows. The first people I remember living there were the BEECHAMs. A proper military type, I think he served in the Army in India. At one time he had no less than 3 Scottish Collies. Then I went to Nottingham University in 1964 to study German and again lost most contact. After university in 1967 I worked for a while at Aveley Electric in Belhus, and on a few evenings behind the bar of the Fox&Goose in W. Thurrock. Leisure time I spent with Kevin SAVILL because unlike the others neither of us had a car. The publican of the F&G Maurice bought a share in a hotel in Ibiza and asked me to work as a receptionist, which I did for 3 months in summer 1968 before returning to university, this time in Canada. After that I landed in Munich/Bavaria and have been here, more rural now, ever since. Now to Aveley itself, perhaps starting at the top and working down. After the Ordnance came the doctors' surgery. At one time I think there were 4 doctors and all with a name starting with B: Browning, Borland (a Bore, i.e. S.African). Then the old houses on the right where David Shelley lived, next to June GERKIN, opposite the Maltings? I think the hairdresser Wally DOE had a small shop on the left, opposite the post office, either before or after he had the bigger one in Ship Lane. His hair was always greased perfectly in place, and he had a fag in his mouth while he was doing you. If you tried to get something that looked more modern you still came away with short-back-and-sides. GERALD was his best hairdresser, I think. A big handsome fellow with black curly hair. READ's was an old-fashioned, really romantic looking shop when we were small: bay windows decorated for Xmas. The dairy was run by Mr and Mrs COLE. Elsie worked there for some time before going across the road to Pardy & Johnson and eventually becoming manageress. In those days the floors were wooden and they spread sawdust on them every day. And I remember seeing huge shire horses in the High Street, probably been working in the fields. We didn't go into The Ship much. I seem to remember that Michael O'CONNOR was in the Gazette once because he burgled it, and later he became the publican! Mr FRIAR (or was it TUCK?) sat in his dark little shoeshop. Then there was a fish shop, and WILSON - a ladies hairdresser? This is tiring, I think I'll have to stop there.

A memory shared by Colin Newberry on Mar 25th, 2014. Send Colin Newberry a message.

 Comments & Feedback

Sat Aug 16th 2014, at 2:15 pm
jim commented:
Great post !!! I remember all of those !! Born in Grange Road 1951.
Sat Aug 16th 2014, at 3:03 pm
Colin Newberry commented:
Hello Jim. How you doing. Miserable weather here in Bavaria. Grange Road - Mr and Ms Cole who employed Elsie at the dairy lived in the last house on the left and had a son Michael. Bye4now, Colin
Tue Dec 12th 2017, at 1:45 pm
leslierutt123 commented:
yes remember it all and lots more
Sat Jun 16th 2018, at 9:36 am
Oh my goodness - how lovely to read this! My grandparents, John (Jack) and Florence (May) Harris lived at number 72 Grange Road, not sure when they moved in, pretty sure it was early 1930's as I think my Dad (Trevor Harris) was born there. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers them :)
Sun Jan 6th 2019, at 11:11 pm
So many reminders...I too attended Aveley Infants and juniors school....Mrs Skeet was one of my favourite teachers, was always a bit scared of Miss Southgate.....I remember Mr. Ford being on the "Tonight " programme with Cliff Michelmore, after that famous bike ride! I remember him teaching us about James Watt and the power of steam....also the stories that were read to us every afternoon, before school finished,It was there that I was first introduced to the wonderful "Alice in Wonderland" "Peter Pan" and all those "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" stories. I will always remember Mr Skinner reading us "White Fang" by Jack London. How things have changed! We never had much materially in those post-war years, but our childhood seemed so safe compared with children's today! Irene Hamilton nee Hinz
Sun Jan 6th 2019, at 11:55 pm
Peter Gough commented:
I lived at 128 High St Aveley, right next to Dr Borland, A Scot.
The other side of us at 126 were the Shelleys, then the Girkins, then Franklands, Then Donald and Sonia Crawford, then Anne/Alice and Janice Wright, then Gwen Bradley, then the church hall, then Wakefields butcher, then the post office, then the entrance to the rec where all of the Army tanks and vehicles were parked just before the D-Day embarkation. The other side of Borlands lived Lenny and Brian Hermitage.
Every year a group of we "Old-Aveley-ites" get together for lunch at the Prince Albert Pub, now a Chinese restaurant. With Donald Crawford, Ray and Anne Andrews, nee Wright, Derek Shelly, Eric Sach, We hope to get Maureen Osborne, John's wife, also Tony Poston, to the next gathering.

Many of us share memories on Facebook's site "Memories of Growing up in Old Aveley"
Wed Jan 23rd 2019, at 12:21 pm
Colin Newberry commented:
I became a real Jack London fan and bought/read everything from him. Bye, Colin
Sat Jan 26th 2019, at 9:33 pm
glenda_23 commented:
I moved into 11 Arnhem Avenue in 1950. Went to the infant school,junior school. I remember often walking along Ship Lane to Bushy Bit when I missed the bus or walking home when the bus was full or when the conductor wouldn't let us on the bus because we were noisy. I remember the cake shop opposite The Ship, the old shoe shop with Mr Tuck (I don't think he was English) he must have had shoes in there from the beginning of time they were so old and Dusty he constantly had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. There was a cycle shop in the High Street, a wool shop run by Mrs Dines. Opposite my house lived the Clark family the children were Peter and Pamela. Next door (9) lived the Lambs, then the Salmon family, I married Colin Salmon in St Michaels church in 1974. Number 13 was the Crompton family, further along were the Applegates. My cousins June Girkin, David, Roy and
Sun Jan 27th 2019, at 12:16 pm
Colin Newberry commented:
This one was cut off after "Roy and,,," Colin N.
Mon Jan 28th 2019, at 4:27 pm
glenda_23 commented:
Ken Girkin lived in the High Street next to David Shelley.
Tue Jan 29th 2019, at 12:20 pm
Colin Newberry commented:
Mrs Dines - that rings a bell. I'm currently trying to go up and down the Hight Street and Purfleet Road with my memories. I'm so surpised, almost shocked at what comes back and how. My wife says it's because of a heart operation I had some years back (plus so many other complications at the same time, with coma, etc that nearly did me in). The longterm memory comes back, she says, and the shortterm memory suffers. Till next time all of you, bye, Colin
Mon Mar 25th 2019, at 5:20 pm
Colin Newberry commented:
That was it with Jack London and White Fang. I knew someone had read it to me or given the book years before. I think I've read everything by JL in the meantime. Wonderful Mr Skinner. He looked a bit grim until you got to know him, but he was a really enduring personality. Bye, Colin

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