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Canning Town East London

A Memory of Ledbury.

i was born in 1932 in malmesbury rd Canning Town in a house backing on to the railway goods and shunting yards. This provoked battle between the shunting locomotive firemen and my mother drying nappies on a clothes line on the other side of a brick wall.
Our shopping was done at Rathbone street market which ment crossing Barking road via a policeman who would hold up the traffic.
The stalls and shops sold everything and at one stall you could buy a glass of Sashperella hot in winter cold in summer.At the end of the road was a council depot where 2 steam rollers stood proudly outside the garage.
My relations a large family Mc Williams lived in Percy road and like myself attended star lane school.
At the end of Star lane were Peggy leggy steps a foot bridge over the railway which provided a challenge between locomotives and pedestrians.If they got there first it was a puff of smoke through the gaps in the boards.
Pollution was bad and we moved to a new estate in welling Kent where my father insisted we took deep breaths every morning.My e mail address is

With thanks to g.olmit for this memory of Ledbury

Added 07 September 2016


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