Postbag 2017


Hi Daniel

I would like to know of anyone surname Chapman from Walthamstow.
My Nan was Maud Chapman and my grandad was Alfred.
They had three sons: Alfred, George, William and one daughter Alice. I am Ann and I am Alice's daughter I was born in 1946. I have lost contact with all my cousins and would love to have news of them. We used to live in Markhouse Road next door but one to the Mission Hall. My maiden name was Collier my elder brother was Tony. My nan lived in Markhouse Road until the mid sixties then she went to live in Gosport Road corner of Ringwood Road with my uncle Will and aunt Lil.
Anumber information would be welcome.
It is so interesting being on this site thank you.


I am researching the life of author and folklorist Eric Maple, who wrote extensively on folklore and witches in the late nineteeen sixties and early seventies for a book that I am writing.

Maple also courted the media in his ghost-hunting activities as well as being a public speaker at which he gave talks on the subjects of folklore and witches at Selbourne Walk at 'literary suppers'.

Maple was born in West Ham on 22nd January 1915 and died in 1994, the eldest son to William Alfred Maple and Edith Ann (née Baker) and father to Alan John Maple.

Eric Maple lived in Wanstead, E11 for most of his later adult years as did his son.

If any readers knew Eric Maple (and/or his family) or saw him speak at any of his public events or in fact had any contact with him, I would be very interested and greteful to hear from you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and any information can be sent to me 'privately'.

Kind regards

Andrea MILES

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10 August 2017 - SITE NEWS

Dear Friends, Followers & occasional Visitors,

  I would like to reassure you that Walthamstow Memories is gradually coming back to life, after a long period of e-silence.

  There is a new entry in the History Articles section, concerning the "Special Constabulary in Walthamstow 1940-43" by Peter Pleydell, who is also the author of "School Out Of Time", (under the name of John Halden).Former pupils of William Morris school, where Pleydell attended in 1966-71, may be particularly interested to read this book - which is based partly on his memories of school at that time. News in the "Literature Section".

  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

Hi Daniel,

I have enjoyed reading your William Morris page. I was a pupil at the school from 1966 to 1971.
Former pupils may be interested to read my book - which is based partly on my memories of school at that time. It is called 'School out of Time' by John Halden (my writing name), and is available from Amazon or Pegasus direct.
I hope people might find it interesting.



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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


Hi I posted this in 2011 and wondered if now 5 years later there may be someone who can help me

21 Sep 2011 - Family History: My Grandmother May Birch nee Ireland was brought up by Elizabeth Ireland the partner of Thomas Ireland in 1911 Census. We the family have tried to find May in the 1901 Census and have failed. We are appealing to anyone who delves into the local archives there and help us to unravel her mystery. 1911 Census 61 Cambridge Rd., Walthamstowe, shows Thomas Ireland with Elizabeth and young Thomas Ireland aged 15 crossed out (we found him in hospital) Albert (born Henry Albert in 1900) aged as 13 and lastly May (born Leytonstone ) aged 11. Thomas Ireland in 1901 Census has occupation of Flower Hawker and is named as Thomas George which was the surname that Elizabeth used also but we know it is the same family as young Albert is aged 1 in this Census, along with his older half brother Walter George and young Thomas Ireland (a surviving twin of which the other twin Elizabeth died in 1898 aged 2)Where was Oxford Terrace on the Chigwell Road? as the was where Walter George! was living also further on the same block was his older brother William George with his wife Kate. Can anyone help to check out Snakes Lane East for either William George or Joseph George or Albert Ireland around late 1930's early 1940's. We know that Albert Ireland moved his family to Suffolk in 1941, to get away from the bombing that was taking place about this time. Hoping someone, just someone can have some spare time to help us. We have also just recently learned that there was a children's home in this town at the turn of the century, did my grandmother come from there? Thank you to whoever can and is willing to help, regards

If anyone has any info - no matter how small - please leave a public reply for me. Thank You so much for your time in helping me to solve this mystery.


I am researching Dr Samson George Victor Harris Whom I believe moved to Walthamstow and died in Leytonstone in 1950 anything would be appreciated


I believe a Stephen was trying to trace furniture factory in Coppermill Lane. The firm was actually Bluestone and Elvin, but the trade name was Beeanese Furniture.
I think Beeanese Furniture was a turning off of Blackhorse Road. The reason I know this I used to work there. Hope this helps.

Ken William FARRANT

Hi, I was at Warwick Girls too!


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