Chingford, Greater London

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Browse our selection of vintage and retro black and white photographs of Chingford, along with a selection of historic maps, local history books, and fascinating memories that our visitors have contributed. Most of our photos and maps are available to buy in a wide range of product formats, including framed prints, canvas prints and personalised photo gifts including tea towels, mugs, jigsaws, tableware, cushion covers and as customised calendars.

Old Maps of Chingford

Historic Maps of Chingford and the local area.

My first job when I was 15 was in Silverthorn Telephone Exchange. I remember, when I went to the Telephone Managers Office for my interview. I had wanted to work in Directory Enquiries but was told that although I spoke well and passed the hearing and writing tests I had a regional accent and would not be able to get a position in central London. It’s not as if I spoke cockney and mum had ...see more

If you wanted to have your name in the Chingford guardian you would brave a visit to Larkswood pool on the first day of the season, which was usually early May. My friend Julia Bruns and myself got our names in the paper that way but boy was it cold.I remember we used to buy a hot drink from the cafe which consisted of an oxo cube in hot water, anyone else remember that drink? To think of it now makes me feel sick but ...see more