Postbag 2018


Can anyone help? I am producing a CD later in the year called, 'Waltham Forest's Finest' and would love to include Sam Apple Pie.
Does anyone know how I can contact Sam Sampson or anyone else from the band to ask permission to include a track of theirs?
I can be contacted at or by phone 07766 964 420.
Thank you.


Don't know if this is still relevant, but the 1939 register shows a Walter J Humphrey (Café Proprietor) born 11/11/1872 married to Ellen born 3/9/1881 living at 14 Cleveland Park Crescent, Wanstead and Woodford.
However can't see evidence of the marriage on Ancestry.
Hope this may help


Hi there, just saw your post re William Elliot school at the top of higham hill Rd. I used to know the place as The Elliot youth club and we used to play football on the sloping pitch at the rear.i went to St. Andrews junior school but my uncle Chris Harrington who is 10 years older than me and went to William Elliot as a junior would have been 10 in 1956 as he was born in 1946. Just wondering if he was one of your class mates?



My father in law was in Walthamstow Home Guard. Do you know what their arm patch number was?


Hello Ray,
I was there about 1952 for a year before I transferred to SW Essex Tec in Forest Road and remember Mr Acres and Mr Harris. I can visualise the faces of the wood work teacher and the metal work teacher but not their names unfortunately. I also joined the Job (City) 1955 to 1988 then became a Knowledge of London Examiner then a black cab driver before I finally retired. Walthamstow, or whatever it's called now has changed as I expect... Folly Lane.


Daniel, I was one of the original pupils of McEntee, which was originally South West Essex Tec. I left in 1958. It was a very forward thinking school at that time.

David ROWE

Hiya. I'm the head teacher of Low Hall and Church Hill Nursery Schools in Walthamstow. I tried to email Daniel but it says the email address is no longer working. Low Hall is 90 this year and I would like to contact ex pupils to create some memories of the place. Is this something your site could assist me with? I also have some historical photos from the opening and 1935. You would be welcome to use them.
Warm regards


The Mr Bunting I knew was a teacher at William McGuffey school


What block did you live in Alan? I lived in P block, next to the double block.
My name is Brian Slawson and I went to Roger Ascham and completed my schooling at William E Whittingham under Headmaster Bill Acres.


Dear Daniel,
My name is Jorg and I am the co-owner of a new Caribbean restaurant in Walthamstow called Rhythm Kitchen. We are based at 257 Hoe Street
My partner Delroy (a local lad) and I are looking to engage with local groups and I came across your webpage of Walthamstow Memories. Your site resonated with us on several levels. As you can see from the picture attached we are exhibiting images and memories from the British Caribbean community in our restaurant. The whole concept is to show pride in the life and culture of the Windrush generation and its children like Delroy. Never let those memories fade...

rhythm kitchen at walthamstow

On the other side, I am the founding trustee of a charity called My Life Films and we help people living with dementia by capturing their memories on film before they disappear. - you might want to have a look at the website and what we do. The films are for free and we do roughly 100 every year. This could be of interest for some members of your website.
If you are interested, and if you like Caribbean food, we would like to invite you down to the restaurant for lunch one day to connect. Maybe there are things we could do together. And if nothing comes from it we can at least have a nice chat over some excellent food.


Hi Daniel,
I'm looking for people with memories of Low Hall Nursery School, Walthamstow. The nursery was opened in 1929 by the pioneering Margaret McMillan (See Wikipedia:
If anyone has memories, photos, or information about the nursery, I'd love to be in touch with them. We're looking at celebrating the 90th anniversary this year!
Thanks very much

Katherine GREEN (

From Daniel: May I point out that Katherine is the photographer who worked on a project (Exhibition and book) about the Warner Estate in Waltham Forest in 2014...

There was no such lady as Jane Elsie Buckland. Born 1916 at the Gosport Rd address.
There was a Jane Buckland born 1880.
Who was Christine Buckland nan.

Christine BUCKLAND

The Buckland family:
Harry Buckland, Annie Buckland, Dad and mum. Dead.
Christine Buckland, Daughter. Now 67yrs

Christine BUCKLAND

Hello David Medhurst,
My dad, Gerald Field, went to Winns Avenue School and also Blackhorse Lane School in the era you are speaking of.
Dad was also evacuated from Blackhorse Road Station in 1939.
He passed away August 2018, after suffering from dementia for three years.
He had shared some stories with me about some school friends and that Mr Bunting was a teacher.
Did you know him? He lived in Blenheim Road, Walthamstow.


I think the name was actually Bedwell. Mark age 67 ish now. and Kim lived in St Johns Rd E17 and went the Chapel End School.


Hello Daniel,
I hope you will manage to respond to my last e-mail but I don't know if your team would know that Joan Lestor lived in the town in the 1930s. Later in life she became an MP and, for a few months before her death, was a Baroness.

Bill Richardson

Good Morning and Happy New Year:-)
A few days ago, I came across an appeal for info about Charles Rollo Lester from Joyce Andersen of British Columbia.[]. I got an error with the address.
Might the best solution for this response to be displayed:
I have information about Charles Lestor and am happy to share it. Please e-mail me.

Bill Richardson

From Daniel: Thanks, Bill! The original post dates back to 2009 (or earlier?), Joyce might have changed her email address in the meantime..!

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