Barkingside, The New Fairlop Oak 1906

Memories of Barkingside


I remember growing up in Barkingside in the 1960s, going to the State cinema on Saturday mornings, the trolly buses that ran along the high road, Green & Dyson groceries where my mum worked, Fairlop School 1961-66. The wasteground before the swimming pool was built, Barnardo's village where a lot of friends (...Read full memory)

I lived in Barkingside from 1937 - 1950. I was 5 whan we moved to Merlin Grove from Forest Gate. There were fields and woods within a few minutes walk, sadly built over now. The library was a shop on the opposite side from Sainsburys, another small shop in those days. The library and swimming pool (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Colvin Gardens, so I knew Fullwell Cafe very well. My mother, brothers and I used to go in there often on the way to visit my Aunty. I have many memories of walking up Toms Wood, Hill Road from Barkingside High St. There was Fairlop Primary School on the corner of our street, and on the other (...Read full memory)

I started work at the age of 15 years as 'the boy', apprentice mechanic at Mossford garage. I remember going down the High Street to Pither's bakeries to get ham and cheese rolls, as well as pies for the mechanic's tea breaks. The woman that used to serve me would always pop an 'extra' roll in for me, with a wink of an (...Read full memory)

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