Police Station - a Memory of Woodford Bridge.
I have only just found this site. I was born in 1944 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, my Mom was sent there as bombs were falling still in the London area and Woodford was still getting there fair share. We lived in an alleyway between the post office and a shop the other side which I can't remember what it sold. My first memory when I was three years old was being taken home by a policeman as I had walked up to the high road with my pull along toy on my own. The Police Station had the air raid siren on the top of its roof and was situated a way back from the green in the front and the shops on the left - opposite was a café(?) I went to Ray Lodge School and then on to St Barnabas; when we moved we lived in a council house in Malden Walk, Woodford Green - No.17. My dad was an air raid shelter Warden and it was his job to get everyone down the shelter as quickly as possible once the siren went off. My childhood days were fishing on the river Roding, sliding down Drapers Hill in the snow going to Ashton playing fields for sports days. My first football match was at Wooford Town Football Club standing on the cinders with my Dad. I met my wife Jenny (nee Farrelly) at a party in Stanford Close Woodford Bridge. We were married in 1965 at the Catholic Church in Woodford Green and had our reception in the Memorial Hall in South Woodford. I used to go to the Majestic and the old Plaza Cinemas before it got turned into a supermarket. I well remember all the pubs as I used to frequent them a lot once I was old enough to drink, The Three Jolly Wheelers is still there as was the Woodman pub in Snakes Lane. My dad took me to The Fox, we sat out side on a bench while he drank his beer and I had a lemonade, that pub got pulled down for another supermarket. There is still another pub there but for the life of me I can't remember its name. I think my sister still lives in Woodford Bridge but we lost touch years ago. I now live in Spain and will be Seventy next month, we will celebrate our first Fifty years of marriage next year 2015 in October, if any one remembers me please get in touch just to chat about old times, thanks a lot Brian
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