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Does anyone remember Joe's Cafe in Hainault Road Leyton. It was under the railway bridge, opposite the laundry. This was owned by my grandmother, and passed onto my dad. I used to work there Saturday mornings.Dad ran this with my Mum for all of their working lives, and did a great trade with all of the local workmen, especially (...Read full memory)

I also remember the father Christmas grotto and the ride there. I was mystified for years as to how we seemed to travel through the store to reach it. The ride changed every year. Years later my mum explained how it was done, but at the time it was part of the magic of my 60s childhood.

In the 1930’s to 1950. My grandparents were mattress makers & had a small factory to the rear of the shop where they sold mattresses & bedding. It was a family business & my mother worked with my grandmother. On sewing machines, making mattress covers. My father was foreman in the (...Read full memory)

We lived at 66 lancaster road Family of 5 Went to davis lane school Headmaster was called mr knowels! I remember he died while i was still at the school and replaced by mr windsor Loved playing in the fields, in the morning just before school started! Happy memories, was sad when they tore down half of lancaster, including my (...Read full memory)

Leytonstone was such a lovely high road, lovely cafes, cinemas , bowling alley, but what is driving me a bit nuts is trying to find out the name of 2 shops that where there, tha first one was what is the left side of Boots the chemist now. It was a high end fashion shop and it was where I had my first Saturday job. (...Read full memory)

My grandfather, William Buttler own a tobacconist/confectionary in Leytonstone during 1920s to 1930s. Does anyone have any memories of this, also where about in Leytonstone was it.

My Dad, Mark Schofield went to Goodall Rd School from about 1947 - 51. He remembers having a school photo taken during this time and we would love to find a copy. If anyone can help, please let me know thanks, Jane

Remember being there 1970-1974, English Teacher and head of year Mr. Richardson. I lived in Bulwer Court. Fond memories of the wanstead flats fair and cathall baths.

Hi everyone, Bit of a Newby so here goes, we had a newsagents outside the greenman called the bookstall My mum and dad ran it for years it was the meeting spot for most of the community. Dad started there in the 70s and finished up in the 90s. We were opposite Leytonstone house and the welsh church plenty of good memories and good friends made. Diane

I went to may ills rd and Connaught rd schools late 40s early 50s I was friends with violet ponsford from Melville rd I lived in park grove rd