Arnold Road School - a Memory of Dagenham.

I lived in Coombes Road, Dagenham and started school in 1950 at Arnold Road infants school. I have fond memories of Mrs Owen who taught history at this school. In 1952 my family moved to the prefabs in Goresbrook Road but I remained at Arnold Road Primary School until 1956. In 1956 I started at Goresbrook Secondary Modern school. I remember Mr Reece as the Headmaster. I enjoyed my childhood in Dagenham and have pleasant memories of that period of my life. I remember the parade of shops in Goresbrook Road, especially Colemans the bakers, Gunners, United Dairies and the Newsagent. My family moved away to the new estate at South Ockendon in 1957. I now live in Brisbane, Australia and have returned to Dagenham on several occasions over the last 20 years during visits back to the UK.

A memory shared by James Kemp on Jul 25th, 2012. Send James Kemp a message.

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Thu Jul 9th 2015, at 7:51 pm
jddorken commented:
Wed Jun 26th 2019, at 9:48 am
jo.thompson71 commented:
I think I must have known you James Kemp. I went to Arnold road school in 1951 I think when I was 5 years. I remember Mrs Owen, and my form teacher for quite a while Mrs Lemon, who was also the music teacher. I lived in Arnold road, and was christened at old Dagenham parish church. I met Dudley Moore in the early '60's at Dagenham High school, when he was appearing in Beyond the Fringe in London. We mostly shopped in Broad Street, and Heathway. Do you remember the covered market in Broad street? Sadly all gone now. At Arnold road school, I remember chasing an Ian McDougall in a kiss chase game! Did you know him? Best friends there, and later in Goresbrook sec modern, were Janet Thurston, Joan Brittain and Doreen East. My father worked at Fords. Happy days. I now live in Scarborough North Yorkshire, if you are ever over here. Would love to hear from you, and hope you are well.
Joan Thompson (nee Amos)

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