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Does anyone remember rosebank caravan park on the london rd going into Clacton ? (little Clacton I believe) the robin hood pub was close by and right next to the caravan park was a little farm that sold the best tomatoes I have ever tasted. I know rosebank is no longer there, houses were built on the site, there (...Read full memory)

I was born at 16 Roding Avene, the prefabs right next to the River Roding. Across the main London Road was Delayneys, also the Masters Match factory with its tall chimmney. I remember seeing the chimney being knocked down, the man at the top looked like an ant. I have many memories of Barking. I went to St Margarets C of E (...Read full memory)

I remember starting school at Westbury School. I loved it when my little sister Sharon Saint start infants there while i was in the juniors. ALways being protective I used to sneak round to the infants part and sit with her making sure she was safe

Went to Eastbury School, Dawson Ave. Was friends with Joan Petchey, Jane Peterson, Joan Palmer, Wendy Roberts, Doreen Spooner, Janice Bridgeman,Linda Etty, Heather Saint. Now live on Canvey Island as do Doreen and Linda. Heather and I used to live next door to each other and now we live a few streets away (...Read full memory)

I was born in Upney Hospital in early 1951, the youngest of six children. We lived with our parents in North Street. When I was two our parents split up and my dad eventually 'won' custody of myself and the brother next up to me, four years my senior. Dad had been disabled during the Second World War and, as such, was (...Read full memory)

I was born in the Cottage Hospital in Upney Lane in 1950 and lived in Beccles Drive (Glenny Estate) until I married in 1976. My grandparents lived at 26 Upney Lane, next door to Mr and Mrs Welch (Vera Lynn's mother and father). I can remember Mrs Welch who was lovely and just remember meeting Vera. My grandfather built a (...Read full memory)

I was born in Upney Hospital 1944, my mum and dad lived in Stratton Drive, went to Park Modern School as did my 2 older sisters and my brother. Most of my parents families lived in the same area ie on the so called 'Leftly Estate', we were considered to be upper class living there!! My best memories at that (...Read full memory)

I grew up at 90 Victoria Road, then we moved to 75 Salisbury Avenue, I remember it well. The front of the house was chocolate brown paint and the garden in the back was overgrown like a jungle. Over the years my dad painted and renovated it until it was the nicest house in the block. I went to Ripple Road School (in the (...Read full memory)

Tina Peacock, I knew all those years ago we went out once or twice in those days to a pub, Evelyn Sherwin, Steven Sherwin, Diane Little, Steven Little, Tina Murphy, Linda Platt, Christine Bunn, Jane Moore, Christine Bramley, Marina, Alan Talbot, Colin Cubitt, the two Raymonds (...Read full memory)

Growing up in the 50s and 60s in London's East End (well the Essex side of it). I was born on April 14th 1952 at Upney Hospital. I attended Northbury infants and junior schools and then went to Eastbury Secondary Modern. I worked in lot of the places described herein. I left Barking in my 20s for Southend and (...Read full memory)