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South East London Photographic Memories

South East London Photographic Memories

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Caption for Erith, High Street 1953: The climax of the High Street is the 1892 Cross Keys pub building in the centre of the photograph. To the right is the tall White Hart, completed in 1902. Today the Locomotive on the left, along with most of the street, has gone. The narrow turning on the right is now the wide Wharfeside Close leading to the pier.

An extract from South East London Photographic Memories.

Memories of Erith

In 1957, my friends and I used to go to the open cinema on Sunday afternoons, Pauline Martin, Grace Grant and Renda Tyler. After the film we went to the Diploma Cafe up Pier Road, had hot chocolate and a snack. Then we used to go to Burton's basement club, nearly all rock and roll music. Made more friends, (...Read full memory)

Born in 60 Alexandra Road in 1943, I went to Crescent Road [Headmistress Mrs Keeble], later to Northumberland Heath School. Walked right down Manor Road just last week round Crescent Road sad to see the school has gone. Such memories as the Ritz cinema in Pier Road, Mitchells store and Pooleys the cycle shop. Beans the (...Read full memory)

Erith was a great place to go when I was a kid as so many different shops and two department stores – Blundells and Micthell’s they were on opposite corners. I remember wondering around Micthell’s at Christmas time. I think Mitchell’s had a second hand furniture section just up the road from the Odeon in High Street. We would (...Read full memory)

I was born in Bexleyheath in 1947, and after returning from boarding school in the holidays I found that we had moved to Bexley road Erith, it was a very large house, with a basement and three floors, and a garden so large that in later years I taught myself to drive a car in it , but my fondest memories are of the old (...Read full memory)

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