Ilford, Broadway, Trams c.1907

Memories of Ilford


I remember the H-G fire well. I was sixteen at the time and was on my way home from evening classes at the South West Essex Tech, as it was called in those days, in Longbridge Road Barking. As soon as I left the college on my bike I noticed the glow in the sky and knew it was somewhere near where we were living at the (...Read full memory)

I lived in Ilford in the 1970s, the place was magic, and it had a bus to the place. I could walk down the Broadway at night without any worry, and I was always in the Cranbrook pub. I went back last year to the Cranbrook pub and just made it in time, it closed just after. That was in 2008, and it opened in in 1970. I also (...Read full memory)

I used to work at Memory Brothers in the Pioneer Market. I cannot remember the exact year, but it was around 1964-65. Right opposite our shop was Holmes fruit and veg shop. I seem to also remember that they had two shops. Our shop was open counter on three sides, grocery, bacon and cooked meats which was the (...Read full memory)

Hi there. I'll always have fond memories of Valentines Park, those beautiful swans and Canadian cygnets at the Cranbrook Road end, Gants Hill Odeon, library, the bird cage in Valentines Park, the boat lakes, the brass band on a Sunday afternoon in Valentines Park, Valentines Park lido, walking down Ley (...Read full memory)

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