Dagenham, Valence House c.1950

Memories of Dagenham


I used to live in the little cottages at the bottom of Chequers Lane. 7 of us in a 2 up 2 down, outside loo - no bathroom. There was a ditch running all along the back of the cottages and all us children had hours of fun playing there jumping across or making a bridge, used to get told off if we went home with a 'booty'!! (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

I was born in Upney hospital in July 1947 and lived in a prefab at 703 Ripple Road. Opposite was a bone/scrap yard and along the road the Ship & Shovel pub. I went to Campbell and Dawson schools and remember the shops in Gale Street. Went to Saturday morning pictures in Beacontree for 6d (...Read full memory)

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