My Life In Elm Park, Hornchurch - a Memory of Hornchurch.
I could go on and on with memories. Myself and my parents moved from London to Arbour Way, Elm Park on 24th August 1953. I went to Ayloff School from 1954-1960, when I left to go to Suttons Secondary. We moved to Elm Park because my dad worked at Murex in Rainham and it was a lot closer for him to get to work. I went to Brownie's at, I think it was St Nicholas church hall, in Benhurst Avenue around 1960. Miss Smithson was the Brown Owl. Also she was the secretary of the Riteway School of Motoring at the corner of Maylands Avenue and Coronation Drive. The instructor there was a Mr Gollop who scared the life out of my parents when he taught them to drive circa 1958. When I went for driving lessons in 1968 I said to him. "you scared my parents, but you won't scare me". He passed me over to a younger instructor, then back to himself to take me for my test at Hornchurch test station. Thankfully I passed first time.
I used to go to Hollicks sweet shop nearly every day after school. I remember it was the first shop to open when Tadworth Parade was being built. Then later they built Station Parade. I remember the pram shop's logo was 'Everything except the baby'.
My parents bought me a second bike at the bike shop on Tadworth Parade next to Regal fish and chips - to go to school on when I started at Suttons. I came off it in the ice and deep snow of the winter of 1963 and Mum took it back to the bike shop to have new handlebars.
I used to love the shops in Elm Park. So individual. Treasure House with it's costume jewellry and various other items. Noddy's toy shop, Spotlight - a forerunner of Superdrug. Joan Lesley ladies' wear. The good old Co op, Tuck Box sweet shop - I bought my first naughty pack of 5 cigarettes there when I was about 13!!!
No more time now. Will add more memories later
A memory shared byon Jul 30th, 2013.
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