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Dear Friends, Followers & occasional Visitors,

  My very best wishes for the year 2021, hoping it will be far better than the one just ended!

  The Covid pandemic is still forcing most of Europe to stay at home. My thoughts go to the older people and, among them, to those who live alone.

  Indeed, 2021 marks an important event for the Walthamstow Memories site: its 20thth Anniversary!

  Ten years ago we organized the "10th Anniversary Gathering", but, mainly due to the current restrictions and following consequences, we'll not be in the position to celebrate in any similar way, as we would like to do...

  However, I'm working hard to restyle the whole website: after so many years it needs some accurate revision. The task is a massive one, as it involves editing over 150 single files. I trust that I will be able to switch over to the new style within March. More news to come!

  There is a message from our friend Dave Hughes that deserves your attention: please read it in the "Highlights" section.

  As always, any comments and suggestions from you are most welcome, but please don't forget to share your memories and pictures too: this is what WM is all about!

  Enjoy browsing your site. Kindest regards and stay safe!

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... to a website dedicated to recording the memories of those who were born, arrived, lived, worked or died in Walthamstow, formerly an Urban District, then a Municipal Borough in Essex, now part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

This site stores people's memories but also acts as a bulletin-board service listing the numerous emails we receive - seeking help with everything from family research to "Do your remember... ?"

We list received emails with an email link to the sender. We will try to answer any queries, if we can, but in most instances we simply do not know the answers to the questions we receive - but... you never know who might!

Scroll down for more info on how this website works and what it contains.

Yes, all human existence is here - provided its roots lie in Walthamstow - lost but not forgotten!

Send your emails to the editor, Daniel Quinn at daniel@walthamstowmemories.net. If anybody else would like to join us then please get in touch - there is always plenty to do!

Read the emails for the current year in Postbag 2021

Why are we doing this? Read our aims here ...


From the beginning of 2020, as a personal sign of appreciation, I have regularly delivered, at least once a month, boxes of 'treats' for the nurses and cleaning staff at the Margaret Centre at Whipps Cross Hospital.

I started this of my own initiative, but recently some friends have started giving me donations towards this and so the project is constantly growing and the 'boxes' are highly appreciated by the nurses and staff, who are particularly under stress in these CV times.

If you would like more details on how you may help, please email me at dhughes195257@gmail.com


First Time Here?

For those visiting this site for the first time, we suggest starting from the FAQ Page, which contains useful guidance.

Then you might like browsing the personal recollections and stories sent in by our visitors, often past residents of this London suburb, that was once part of ssex: the "Memories" tag on the menu at the top of this page will guide you there.

If you are 'digging your roots', the "Family History" section contains emails we received, grouped by Surname.

(postcard image by curtesy of Rodney Silk)

Our "Postbags" contain all the emails we have received up to now, conveniently arranged by years

The "Personal Stories" section is an archive of stories and photographs about institutions, local traders, places and historic events that form the history of Walthamstow and the surrounding area.

For those interested in music groups, the section "Local Bands" will delight you!

Please feel free to email any material on Walthamstow - we will always try to feature it.

We are particularly interested in photographs and copies of documents that relate to the history of Walthamstow and the neighbouring London suburbs of Leyton, Chingford, Woodford, Highams Park and Loughton.

All material should be emailed to Daniel [daniel@walthamstowmemories.net]

Sit back and enjoy yourself!

Why are we doing this? Read our aims here ...

Copyright notice: Images on this site are reproduced for the purposes of research and study only. Whilst every effort has been made to trace the Copyright holders, we would be grateful for any information concerning Copyright of the images and we will withdraw them immediately on Copyright holder's request.

NOTICE: Walthamstow Memories is not responsible for the content of the contributions it receives. Any queries concerning any aspect of the content of a published contribution should be addressed directly to the contributor. Walthamstow Memories will only remove a contribution if the contributor requests it or if the content is likely to create offence or contains racist or sexist sentiments or material that is likely to offend religious or faith groups.