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Welcome Logo ... 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.

The 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 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!

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27 September 2014 - From Daniel:

Dear Friends & Visitors,

I've finally managed to update the current Postbag with the many mails received! Not an easy task, since I'm working on my (old) laptop, which is rather slow in handling the considerably large (over 600kb) postbag file...

I'd like to point out two 'history' appeals, one concerning the "Whipps Cross Hospital", and one "Sir Winston Churchill in Walthamstow - 1945"

Enjoy browsing your site & kindest regards

24 Aug 2014 - From Daniel:

Dear Friends & Visitors,

A very interesting article by Bill Bayliss "The London Rubber Company" now appears in the "Lost Trades" section: I suggest you read it for it contains many curiosities!

Our visitor Victoria Alexander has sent in some great pictures: see our 2014 Postbag.

Enjoy browsing your site & kindest regards

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Read the emails for the current year in Postbag 2014

If, when you access this site, you find that the 'date updated' is rather old, try first 'refreshing' the page on your browser (browsers do tend to copy and save pages locally...) - pressing the F5 key usually does it...!

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Dear Daniel,

I hope you are well. John Knowles suggested that I email you.
I understand that you are involved with the Walthamstow Memories project.

We (Oxford Film and Television) are currently working on a documentary about Winston Churchill for BBC 2 to air next year. We are looking for people who might have a memory of the following event in 1945:

On 3rd July a vast crowd of 30,000 turned out to see Churchill speak in the dog-racing stadium in Walthamstow. Many of the crowd were undoubtedly East-Enders and had felt the full brunt of the Lutwaffe. They were not in the mood to be soft-soaped. A Movietone camera was present to catch Churchill’s utter confusion as the jeering started. Few people ever saw Churchill disintegrate on the public platform. But it happened that day.

I wondered if you had any suggestions about how we might proceed, or if any contributors to your website might have this kind of memory? Do please feel free to call anytime on the numbers below, or to reply by email.

Thanks so much for your help.

John OWEN Assistant Producer, Oxford Film & Television Private Reply Public Reply

From Daniel: Please also see Bill Bayliss' email [here]

Dear Daniel,
I hope you are well. I am writing regarding a heritage project I am running for Eastside Community Heritage, based in Ilford.

We have obtained a small grant with the Heritage Lottery Fund, to run a project investigating Whipps Cross War Hospital during the First World War. As you may well be aware, the hospital was implemented as a war hospital for the wounded, and there a few interesting stories, one recurrent one including the visit of His Majesty in 1917. We are collecting photographs, memorabilia and hopefully interviewing any descendants of the hospitals staff or patients from this time. We will be holding reminiscence sessions at some stage, we hope, with both Waltham Forest Libraries, and within the hospital itself.

I was wondering, first of all if the Walthamstow Memories website may have any stories relating to the hospital from near this period? ( The hospital in the 1920s and early 20th century are also relevant to our research)

Secondly, I wonder if the Walthamstow Memories has any mailing lists, where I might put a call out for anyone with some social history of the place?

Thirdly, if I were to write a short article on our findings so far, would the website be able to publish it?

Kind regards

Simon BUCK Private Reply Public Reply

If you would like a photograph of a particular spot in Walthamstow - for instance an ancestor's house or the road where you once lived - our friend Dave Hughes has offered to take one for you!
He lives in Walthamstow and often is out and about in the area taking pictures, for inclusion in the 'Walthamstow: Past & Present' project, which he's currently compiling.
Please email Dave with your request, providing it is in the E17 area, and he will take the picture and email it to you in jpeg format. There will be no charge for this, but perhaps just a bit of time to wait...
Most of the pictures will be added to the "Photo's of Walthamstow" section of the WPP project. The project's CD is available from Dave at a cost of £5.00 (Free p&p in the UK - £2.00 Elsewhere).

First Time Here? [Top of page]

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 Essex: 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.

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

(postcard image by curtesy of Rodney Silk)

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]

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Read the emails for the current year in Postbag 2014

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