Barking, Ripple Road c.1955

Memories of Barking

Opposite the Odeon cinema, the spotted dog and off licence. I'm certain it was Tommy Keene from Axe St who would be on Wakering Rd with his barrow selling sea food by the half and pint on Sunday. The co-op chemist, then the Insurance shop with a ship in a glass case in (...Read full memory)

I was born in 1950, Stephens was my maiden name. With my two brothers Bob & Barry, we lived in Bradfield Drive next door to Grahame Scott who was in the Tremeloes, before they were sort of famous. Remember the swings in Maysbook Park, safe to go to on your own even as small child! Youth club on Thamesmead? The estate, many (...Read full memory)

The summer of 1959 goes down as the hottest in my memory. It started at the end of April and continued right through until the end of September. I was ten years of age that year and I spent most of that glorious summer hanging out with my pals over the outdoor pool in Barking Park. I remember bus drivers and conductors who (...Read full memory)

I was born in Williams ward in Upney in 1957. We lived on Thames View in a small flat near the top end of Bastable Avenue. We then moved to Bredo House – I will always remember the flat, it had a downstairs and a staircase up to the 2 bedrooms, bathroom and toilet. There was a door at the top of the stairs leading (...Read full memory)

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