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Bankil's Ironmonger - a Memory of Woodford Bridge.

Bankil's of Woodford Bridge was my uncle's shop. The two men in brown coats were 'Hock' and Dick Chinnery. My uncle was John Banks. My father Brian and brother Peter also worked there for short periods of time on Saturdays. My cousin John worked there too until the mid 1960 I think. It was a fantastic business supplying almost anything the trade may have needed.

A memory shared by Maggie Jenkins on May 25th, 2009.
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Sun May 26th 2019, at 8:12 am
Maggie Jenkins commented:
The shop began in Enfield Wash as I understand it. A mixture of Ban and Kil. Ban was from Banks and Kil from Kilian. One my Uncle the other an Uncle by marriage.
Sun May 26th 2019, at 7:52 am
len commented:
This shop was one of the old style ironmongers that Ilford and district had a number of in those good old days. It sold pretty well everything that a tradesman needed and as my journey to work from Hainault often passed that way to various points in London I often called in for one tool or another or a service like saw-sharpening. I still have many tools bought there now; for example the pruning hook I've just mentioned in an email to my brother that prompted me to look up Bankils!
Wed Feb 3rd 2016, at 12:28 pm
norbet commented:
I also remember the iron shop and had to walk all the way down "Pump Hill" to go to it as I lived at the top in R. Cheeke & Co. the Estate Agents run by my Mother and seen in the picture.
The chemist next door was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Hamlet who were my God Parents......................Norman P.
Fri Aug 21st 2015, at 3:12 pm
roger4seven commented:
I remember going to Bankils with my dad in the 50/60's he was a very regular customer and had known the staff all his life I think. I think it was Dick who had really black curly hair and it was said that he'd been a prisoner of war. John Bankil was lovely man and if I was sent to get something he would almost know the right thing I was to get (2" x 8 screws a mystery to me then !!) What about the metal covered counter.... had it's own special sound when counting out screws etc. I loved that shop

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