Barkingside Memories

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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)

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)

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)

hey there I wondered if anyone can help me I grew up in Barkingside and remember lots about it but my mum and brother were having a conversation about Barkingside high street the other day and they couldnt remember the name of the fishmongers/butchers one side of the shop was fishmongers the other a butchers my mum (...Read full memory)

My family came back from Australia in 1952. We were housed in the old R.A.F camp in Forest Rd. In the fine weather we walked across the fields that ran at the back of the camp to Failop School, Fencepiece Rd. After a year we moved to Greenwood Gardens next to the school . In the junior school I remember one teacher Mr (...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

Does anyone remember the Fullwell Cafe? it was on the left hand side of Tomswood Road just past Albany's wood yard. My father Peter Full owned and ran it between 1960-1968. It was pulled down to make way for the bungalows that are still there. Those were the days!

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 used to visit my grandparents (Gran and Robert Pearce) in 2 Tanyard Cottages when I was a small boy between 1949/55. I can remember the cottage next door was owned by Mr and Mrs Lindsell and their family. I also remember that at the top of the road the trolley buses went past between (...Read full memory)