Dagenham, Valence House c.1950

Memories of Dagenham


My grandfather, Henry Lalley, of Homestead Road was a caretaker at Valence House during the 1950's. Some days he would allow me to fish on the ponds if I behaved myself. It was fun because none of my mates could do it.

My parents moved to the Becontree Estate in about 1926 and we eventually settled in Hedgemans Road overlooking the field near Talbot Road. In those days the council used to decorate a couple of rooms as well as keep the outside looking almost new and eventually they provided electricity. I can remember my (...Read full memory)

I used to go swimming at this pool with my school. The water temprature was shown as we entered and was often 36F. If it rained our weekly swimming lesson was cancelled. I never did learn to swim at this pool, as it took me most of my lesson getting used to the temperature of the water!

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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