Hornchurch, High Street c.1950

Memories of Hornchurch, High Street c1950


Hi , My name is Eric Bell & I was born & raised in Hornchurch. When I was 17 (I think) I was lucky enough to work at Jim Moore`s music shop in Hornchurch Road. What a great job for a young guitar nut eh!! I formed a group called "The Nighthawks" & we played quite frequently at the Bull. I (...Read full memory)

Mr Grain was my music teacher along with Miss Ruffles at Suttons. I was in his school choir and in 1963 or 64 we performed 'Nicholas and the Pickled Boys' in the school hall for the parents. Mr Grain was very strict, but he got us all singing. He accused me once of not washing the previous night's make up (...Read full memory)

Hi from New Zealand, so good to see this site, found quite by accident. I was born in Oldchurch Hospital in 1946 and spend my childhood living at Laburnum Walk, Elm Park. Ayloff School was my first memory, crossing Southend Road - helped by the Crossing man with his lollypop banner (Mr Walmsley), such a nice (...Read full memory)

I now live in Hornchurch, since 2003, and the High Street looks nothing like this (apart from the pub, the Bull, still the same but is now the Fatlin & Furkin)  picture in 1955.

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