Barkingside Memories

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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)

My dad used to run the fish shop in Cranbrook Road (Cranbrook Fisheries), it was opposite Gaysham Avenue, with Warwick Doubles on the corner. I went to school at Gearies Junior School and grew up in and around Barkingside and Gants Hill. I went there a few weeks ago, it's now a Chinese take-away and the only shop (...Read full memory)

I remember the fish shop/butchers in the High Street, it was called Gurrs and they used to smoke the fish out the back of the shop. It was situated between Boots and Rossis. Before the swimming pool was built, the land was full of trees and bushes where we played as kids. We always went over there after coming (...Read full memory)

I lived in barkingside all my life I lived in colvin gdns I remember patricia moving to Australia with her brothers my mum looked after her when she was little l used to wheel her out in her pram I used to go to fairlop school and go to the state cinema often we all used to play in the street on our bikes and skates they were (...Read full memory)

Just looking at this photo brings back so many memories of shopping with my mum and two brothers.Getting chips on the way back from shopping or an icecream in Rossi's was a great treat. I went to school at Fairlop Primary & Secondary School until we emigrated to Australia in April 1967. I've been back (...Read full memory)

I spent most of my childhood in Barkingside and I lived above Pithers Bakeries from 1960 (when I was born) until approx 1973, we moved to Fairlop Road when Sainsburys was built. I do remember fondly Marments the toy and bicycle shop and the original Rossi's, just a couple of doors down at that time. The Frith (...Read full memory)

I lived in Barkinside from 1952 until 1969. My parents were there until 2007 so I have seen so many changes. We originally lived in Clayhall, St Claire Close and my parents moved to Brandville Gardens in the 90s. Both my brother and I went to Fairlop and had a really sound eduaction there. I became a Civil (...Read full memory)

I remember the butchers/fish shop called Gurrs.They had this little area to right that was built up in front of the counter, and my brother Colin and I used to fight over who was going to stand on the step. Next door in the 50's there was a dress shop and apparently I loved going in there when my mum (...Read full memory)

I remember a black smith in Barkingside which used to be next door or near the police station. We used to watch the old smithy shoeing horses etc. Does any body else remember the old smithy? David Trasler

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)