Nostalgic memories of Woodford Green's local history

Share your own memories of Woodford Green and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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  • How does it feature in your personal history?
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  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
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Born in Woodford Wells in 1946 and lived on the High Road a few doors away from The Travellers Friend and the Simmonds Art Shop where my good friend Roger Simmonds lived. We had a wonderful childhood, we shopped for sweets in The Milk Tray a small sweet and tea shop where later my mother worked for a Mrs Romain (...Read full memory)

I was born in 1939 at 28 St.Anthonys Avenue, off St.Barnabus Road. I remembered the Anderson shelter in our back garden only vaguely as I was evacuated to North Wales with Janet Jenkins, and Brenda Hart. After the war, I went to St.Marys Convent in Woodford Wells, and walked daily along the path that bordered the (...Read full memory)

We worked as kiwis on their "oe" in 1991. Margaret and Derek ? We're the managers. We lived on premises. george was a barman. Lesley Reynolds and Ray were locals we met there. Gary and "Bomber", and a gentleman that used to sit at the end of the bar and read the paper who if I remember rightly lived next door to the hotel. Heading back to Uk this month will be sure to visit.

I, alongside four sisters, were were born at number 7 Keynsham Avenue. My grandfather owned the house before my parents. I attended Woodford Green Primary School with my younger sister from 1968 onwards. The names of the neighbours I remember were as follows, Edgar, Banfield, Pamenter, Brett, Miles, (...Read full memory)

Born and bred in Woodford. Had a paper round at WH Smith on the Woodford railway station. Not too bad in the summer but freeezing cold on the winter mornings. Sang in the choir at St Barnabas Church and receive 3 shillings and sixpence a month [I think] if I attended all the services and practices and a shilling (...Read full memory)

I grew up in Woodford Bridge with my twin sister Jean, friends Norma Overton, Pat Ancona, Lyn, Norma, Gillian and Gloria Jenkinson, and Richard Cutmore. Happy memories of buying hot bread from Rackhams, taking a ride on my brother John's go-cart from The Billett across the road, down past the library (...Read full memory)

Growing up during war years and having to spend many nights in the Anderson shelter at bottom of garden. School was only half days for a while and when my brother started he had to go to neighbouring houses where the teachers came, rather than at Ray Lodge School, Woodford Bridge. Sat my 11+ exam at the (...Read full memory)

My name is Jean - maiden name being Hamy and I had a wonderful childhood living in Stanford Close. I have a brother and sister - Janet and Michael. I remember going to the pond - catching small fish and newts - taking them home. I was always playing in Ashton Playing fields pre M11 enjoying (...Read full memory)

This is the title of my memoirs that I published in 2010. I was born in Woodside Nursing Home, Woodford Wells on 30.11.30. My father was Dr.David H Smith, a local G.P. and we lived at 22 Primrose Road, S.Woodford until 1938. We moved to Vicarage Rd. Woodford Bridge, off Roding Lane, where we lived at St.Breock, (...Read full memory)

I lived in Canfield Road, Woodford the very last house on the left hand side, right next to the cricket field. I went to the little mission (The Bridge) run alongside the tie factory. I remember Grants the shoe shop, that was also along there, and Days the florist and fruit shop, I think. I went to St. (...Read full memory)