From the early days of your venture this site was
heading for success, your
dedication, to your love of the area, the people, the landmarks and your
love of the rail network make this a sure fire winner.
Being part of Markhouse in more ways than one,
actually living in the road
next to the sweet smell of Mr. Strutts shop, even helping to make the
candy, reminds me of the values of being their, keep going with the update's
and this will become a time capsule for the future.
I've just had a good look round your site and I must say I found it very
As you know I'm a local lad but it's refreshing to find out the origin
and development of many of the landmarks that I have always taken for
Just a shortened version of who I am and what I have done.
I was borne in Walthamstow on November 9th 1934 and I lived in Buxton
Road. I moved to Albert Road before the
outbreak of the war. ( Memories of the war come at a later date. )
I was at Queens Road infants, then Gamuel Road Jnrs. Finally Markhouse
Road until leaving in1949 aged 15.
It was about then that I became interested in cycle speedway. Starting
as a member of the Edinburgh Tigers, then
on to the Walthamstow Wolves until joining the forces.
Two years later , after serving in the Royal Artillery I transferred to
what is now known as the Paras.
At that time it was the Airborne Division.
After a few years I left, got married and moved to Hertfordshire with
HOPE THIS ISNT TO BORING!
When I was in the AIRBORNE, It was a "do anything",
"accomplish everything" and "say nothing".....JOB.!
I remember the Doodle bug (BUZBOMB) that landed
at the junction of the HIGHSTREET-- HOE STREET and CHURCHILL.
IT WAS ON A SATURDAY morning and destroyed Hitchman's Dairy, Stoffers
fish shop, Burtons tailors and the snooker hall.
Sorry don't remember the date. Hope this is of some use.
Been discovering wonderful memories of dear old Walthamstow on your website.
What a treasure trove!
My maiden name was Barbara Coveney and I lived
in Boundary Road, Walthamstow. My parents were Alexandra (known as Queenie)
and Will. I was 4 when we moved into Boundary Road with my maternal grandfather
(William Chase) after my grandmother died. He owned Chase's Stores, selling
groceries and greengrocery, and my mother then helped run the shop, living
in the house behind and above the store. Four years later my mother and
her sister, Sylvia, swapped over - we took my aunt's home almost opposite
(which then became Boundary Road, Leyton E17) and my Aunt Sylvia took
over the shop with Granddad. Sylvia's husband, my Uncle George had a car
hire service and drove for many local weddings, including my own. He kept
his Humber Super Snipe and Humber Pullman in the huge yard and stables
behind the shop.
Was interested in your recollections - my mother was a piano teacher and
taught many pupils who went on to play for the silent movies at the Savoy
and other cinemas.
I attended Gamuel Road school and though I don't remember canvas beds,
I do recall those naps and have an idea we just had little straw mats.
There was one teacher, Mr. Pierce, who always scared me. He taught arithmetic
and because I was frightened of him I found it hard to concentrate in
his class. I must have refused to go to school because I was soon transferred
to St. Saviours primary - a much happier move!
Other things you mentioned - the coalman. Was this Murfitt's? He used
to come to us with his horse and cart and at the shop would shoot the
coat down the coal hole out front of the shop straight in to the cellar.
What a fright that used to give me if I happened to be in the cellar at
the time! His daughter, Vivienne was in my class at Markhouse Road School
and we became friends so I did get to know all her family.
I was at Markhouse Road school from approximately 1948 until mid year
of 1951, when I turned fifteen. I also attended commercial college and
started my first job in Clerkenwell as a junior secretary. The day I started
work was the day I also met Ray, who later became my husband. In 1957
we left to live in Cape Town, S. Africa for two years or so, then a few
months in Salisbury, S. Rhodesia, back to live in Edinburgh, Scotland
for 5 years, Cheshire for a couple of years before coming to Australia
We were in England in 1989 and though we passed the dear old school we
just could not stop in the heavy traffic. I was disappointed to learn
it was later pulled down and also my favourite shop (Strutts) had gone
too - oh that coconut ice..... At least did get to Manze's for a pie and
mash and was relieved to see it hadn't changed at all.
We were also in England last year, but spent most of our time with relatives
near Romford and in Leicester, and travelling around, but never did get
to Walthamstow. Did manage to get on the London Eye, and renew our memories
of dear old London.
If anyone remembers me would love to hear from them.
Barbara Warren (nee Coveney).
I was given your web site by a friend and found
Here are a few notes about myself.
I lived at 91 Albert Road and I went to MARKHOUSE ROAD School. I rode
for WALTHAMSTOW WOLVES cycle speedway club.
I left school in 1949 eventually marrying a girl from HIGHAMS PARK. While
at school I represented them in swimming galas at the baths in the High
If I where to give myself more time I could probably
think a few more things I hope this is of value to you.
BEST WHISHES AND SUCSESS TO YOUR WEB SITE
From Dave.......... 4th June 2002
Absolutely brilliant site. I can identify with most of your memories.
Including Bean etc.
Thank you very much.