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3 February 2017 - SITE NEWS

Dear Friends, Followers & occasional Visitors,

  First of all, my very best wishes to you all for 2017!

  I finally managed to get my hands (but mainly... my mind!) back to the WM site, so I will gradually fill the gaps in the postbags. The current 2017 Postbag contains some of the latest emails received. More will follow.

  Dick Dunn's Walthamstow History Site: Very unfortunately, the site went down some time ago. I was informed that attempts are being made to recover all its contents. Quite fortunately, however, I had downloaded the site shortly after Dick's untimely death (Dec. 3rd, 2014).
Until things are sorted out, WM is hosting the mirror image of Walthamstow History [here]. Some pics or link may not be complete, but most of it is there!

  As always, any comments and suggestions from you are most welcome but don't forget to share your memories and pictures!

  Enjoy browsing your site & kindest regards

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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 either the site originator, John Knowles at email or to our co-editor, Daniel Quinn at daniel@walthamstowmemories.net. Daniel is providing a greater range of information and better feedback for all of us who contribute and use the site. 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 2017

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

"Forgotten" Music Project

In the period before her death, my mother suffered severe progressive memory loss. However, I discovered by accident that her memory could be stimulated by music which had always played an important part in life. This experience led me to learn that for many people their musical memory lasts much longer than their ordinary memory and I have since worked with carers of people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s illness to help stimulate their musical memories by finding music that was important to them.

In this process I have learnt that many people have bits of music that were an important part of their lives that they have lost or only part remember and often have difficulty in identifying what these are. These are maybe songs that they heard their parents or grand parents sing. Songs that they associate with their first romances or learnt at school or in the school playground.

So, as an experiment, I am offering a completely free service of trying to identify such music from your description of the few words that you can remember or the context in which it was played and either giving you the reference of where (Usually You Tube) you can access the music or sending you the song/music from my own extensive collection that dates back to 1900.

Of course, if I can’t identify it, someone out there can...

Best wishes,


From Daniel: a very innovative experiment indeed: many thanks, Bill, for offering such a service!

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 either John or Daniel [daniel@walthamstowmemories.net]

Sit back and enjoy yourself!

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

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