Gants Hill Memories

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I grew up in Gants Hill and would like to share my memories of shops in the area... The Toy Shop in Cranbrook Road (now Burtons Newsagent). This was a double fronted blue painted shop with a newsagent on the left and a toyshop on the right. It was run by an elderly couple and I always found the lady a bit (...Read full memory)

My grandmother lived in Waremead Road from 1934 and my uncle lived there till he died in 2005. I remember the dentists opposite Waremead Road, and also the library. This would be the late 1960s to early 1970s. In Waremead Road there used to be a shop which I vaguely remember, it is now a house on the corner. I remember that (...Read full memory)

I moved to Gants Hill in 1968, from Bethnal Green, at the age of 8. I later moved to Wanstead aged 32. I have great memories of the place, I lived on the Eastern Avenue between Ethelbert Gardens and Beehive lane. Ray Powell was the main car dealer directly opposite, they were a Leyland dealer, with a filling station, and next (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Montreal Road, off Perth Road, and remember the bus-stop outside Smiths stationers. There was also a real butchers, greengrocers, shoe shop, Woolworths, banks, a small dress shop and later a Jewish delicatessen/bakers and a kosher restaurant. The photographer is standing with his back to the (...Read full memory)

Rossi's ice cream shop in Barkingside, Pennyfarthing Records, Ilford, the old Sainbury shop in Gants Hill and Gants Hill tube station our gateway to "up west" !!