EPW001394 ENGLAND (1920). The Market Place and Cattle Market, Romford, 1920

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Title [EPW001394] The Market Place and Cattle Market, Romford, 1920
Reference EPW001394
Date 7-June-1920
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Place name ROMFORD
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 551287, 188979
Longitude / Latitude 0.18362779848033, 51.578867009365
National Grid Reference TQ513890

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The Cattle Market c.1950

Billy Turner
Tuesday 14th of July 2015 09:38:11 PM
This was 120 Market Place, in the same small parade of shops as Forsters Chemist and Forsters Sweetie shop. It was my Dad's greengrocer's shop from immediately after WWII till the sixties. He didn't change the name of the business, it was (I think) Eames.... no that's not right. When he took over his parent's greengrocers at 56 Collier Row Lane, the shop became Ernie Brooks Turf Accountant. The small parade of shops at right angels to Dad's parade had a photographers, and the first ever Chinese Restaurant. We loved to tell stories of cats going missing after they opened! It was the 50's. There was also a Ford Dealership just one or two shops towards the market. All the large stone bollards and railings from the cattle market went along the side of the pavement. I remember the cattle market in the 50s. And the smell!

Sally
Wednesday 9th of April 2014 05:37:32 AM
I have a photograph showing Forsters shop in Romford and a couple of other shops next to it, I think it was in the 1960's, brings back so many memories.

LadyJ
Friday 3rd of April 2015 12:45:44 PM
High Street, Romford.

hillman34
Tuesday 11th of June 2013 09:03:37 PM
Public drinking fountain, removed from market early 1960`s.

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 09:39:25 PM
St Andrew`s Church. St Andrew`s Road.

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 08:55:31 PM

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 08:50:15 PM

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 08:34:15 PM
Romford Congregational Church, South Street

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 08:10:39 PM

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 07:49:52 PM

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 07:46:26 PM
War memorial in front of the new library before being moved up the road to make way for the ring road. c 1967

rs200
Monday 29th of October 2012 09:13:21 AM
Mid 1960's became Hambletons, retail and commercial photographers. Next door was a Chineese restruant which was taken over by Hambletons in 1967.

rs200
Wednesday 24th of October 2012 08:38:54 PM
I seem to recall going down a couple of steps to a little old bookshop about here; and also remember being left to 'look at the cows' at about 6 or 7years old in the early fifties while mother went shopping in the market

wizzmike
Tuesday 28th of August 2012 02:26:17 PM
I think that the shop was called The Caxton Bookshop. Yes/No?

rs200
Thursday 25th of October 2012 08:25:38 AM
I think this could well be the Ind Coope Brewery - it would be around this area anyway. (I can remember the smell of the hops!!)

Leylie
Sunday 15th of July 2012 02:09:33 PM
I completely agree about the smell, particularly early on a Saturday morning. There was a branch of Woolworths opposite the Brewery.

wizzmike
Tuesday 28th of August 2012 02:29:19 PM
I used to hate the smell of the hops as a kid (lived on the other side of Oldchurch Park when it was still a park!)



Surprised it didn't put me off beer for life!

GeoffR
Friday 16th of January 2015 05:11:47 PM
This building was replaced by a Bank (Midland I think) by the early 80s. The Golden Lion is behind it in this photo.

BigglesH
Friday 13th of July 2012 02:47:09 AM
This building is still there, it's a branch of Lloyds Bank. The Midland Bank is in building further south next to the church.

n1dom
Saturday 8th of August 2015 06:36:38 AM
This building was gone by the early 80's.

BigglesH
Friday 13th of July 2012 02:42:35 AM

TonyF
Thursday 28th of June 2012 04:58:49 PM

TonyF
Thursday 28th of June 2012 04:57:37 PM
St Edward's Catholic Church, which I think is still there.

TonyF
Thursday 28th of June 2012 04:56:26 PM

Colin
Wednesday 27th of June 2012 10:49:52 AM
St. Edwards church.

Colin
Wednesday 27th of June 2012 10:48:19 AM
Marks Road, I think this is the location of the Council's swimming baths.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 06:02:51 PM
Sorry - the swimming baths were in Mawney Road - I learnt to swim there when I was at Park Lane Primary Schhol - Park Lane Hornchurch. They continued until a new pool was built in Harrow Lodge Park - by the side of the library. I seem to recall that the stream was dammed at the same time to create a lake where you could hire rowing boats.

Roy
Thursday 28th of June 2012 05:34:55 PM
Roy, you're right, they were opposite MawneyRoad School !!!

TonyF
Thursday 28th of June 2012 11:56:11 PM
Roy, I also went to the school in Park Lane (Hornchurch) from 1965-71. I can remember going to Mawney Swimming pool sometimes with school - though my family took me to Harrow Lodge Pool. Harrow Lodge certainly had a boating lake - with a 'muddy island' in it that my older brother got stuck on trying to retrieve a football!

Leylie
Sunday 15th of July 2012 02:03:16 PM
Laurie Gardens, the centre circle was later the site of the town's war memorial. By the 1950s the road around the gardens was one way, entrance next to the hall, exit onto the main road close to the green space in front of what was to become the Town Hall.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 06:01:09 PM
The site of the old St Edward's Cemetery, the graves were eventually moved and many of the markers used to line the walls of Coronation Gardens. The War Memorial, originally built in the middle of Laurie Gardens, eventually ended up in Coronation Gardens when it had to be moved during the redevelopment of the 'Laurie Town' area.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:58:47 PM
The site of what was the Romford, later (post 1965) the Havering Town Hall, where I lived with my parents from 1956 until 1966.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:56:13 PM
The site of what was the Romford, later (post 1965) the Havering Town Hall, where I lived with my parents from 1956 until 1966.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:56:07 PM
There was a pathway in front of these houses from the Main Road to St Edward's School. One of the houses was occupied by Ann Rowlands and her mother. Another of the houses became the first Chinese Restaurant in Romford, so close to where we lived in the Town Hall.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:53:23 PM
There was a pathway in front of these houses from the Main Road to St Edward's School. One of the houses was occupied by Ann Rowlands and her mother. Another of the houses became the first Chinese Restaurant in Romford, so close to where we lived in the Town Hall.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:53:17 PM
There was a pathway in front of these houses from the Main Road to St Edward's School. One of the houses was occupied by Ann Rowlands and her mother. Another of the houses became the first Chinese Restaurant in Romford, so close to where we lived in the Town Hall.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:52:59 PM
There was a pathway in front of these houses from the Main Road to St Edward's School. One of the houses was occupied by Ann Rowlands and her mother. Another of the houses became the first Chinese Restaurant in Romford, so close to where we lived in the Town Hall.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:52:53 PM
In the 1950s/60s this was the site of St Edwards Infant and Junior School, where I was a student for about 2 years.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:50:06 PM
In the 1950s/60s these two shops were owned by Mr Foster/Forster and his sister, one was a sweet shop/tobacconist and the other was a chemist shop.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:47:47 PM
Yes, I remember those two shops. They also lived in the house at the very end. My Dad had a shop in the same small parade, a greengrocers at 120 Market Place.

Sally
Wednesday 9th of April 2014 05:29:50 AM
In the 1950s/60s these two shops were owned by Mr Foster/Forster and his sister, one was a sweet shop/tobacconist and the other was a chemist shop.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:47:38 PM
Mercury Gardens, owned by the Delderfield Family in the 1950s/60s, I went to St Edwards Junior School with Bill Delderfield.

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:31:28 PM
Laurie Kinema/Hall

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:29:19 PM
Laurie Kinema/Hall

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:29:10 PM

TonyF
Tuesday 26th of June 2012 05:27:30 PM
I can't remember cattle pens...but I CAN just about remember smaller domestic pets - kittens, puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs etc - possibly chickens too - in the early 60's - we moved into the area around the latter part of 1962. I was only 2 then so I guess the smaller animals were still there to about 1964-5?

Leylie
Sunday 15th of July 2012 01:59:13 PM
I think the small pets were in the covered market hall in the corner of the square (nearer view point to the right). There was also a sea food stall whgere my Grandad bought plate of cockles for me wjile he had whelks - early 50's.

wizzmike
Tuesday 28th of August 2012 02:35:28 PM
The houses in this little row were numbers 6, 8, 10 and 12 Park End Road. We lived at No 10 between 1983 and 1985, Mr and Mrs Doggett lived at No 8, Norman and Julie Short lived at No 12. The houses were all demolished to make way for an extension to The Town Hall, where I lived when young, which was built in 1936.

TonyF
Monday 25th of June 2012 08:46:23 PM
Hi TonyF,



It's really interesting reading your comments as I don't know Romford at all but this is one of my favourite photos in the Aerofilms Collection. How long did the cattle market stay in business?



Katy Whitaker

Britain form Above Cataloguer

Katy Whitaker
Saturday 7th of July 2012 11:34:38 AM
To answer Katy's question, I remember seeing cattle in the pens in the 1950s, but also remember my father commenting that he thought it unusual to see it.

BigglesH
Thursday 12th of July 2012 03:08:53 AM

User Comment Contributions

Several posts refer to the bookshop. I have a copy of "The Snow Goose" ( Gallico/ Scott) fifth impression 1949. Gifting inscription bears the date London 10: 6 : 50.



The book also bears a label "Caxton Bookshop, 92 Market Place, Romford, Essex"

David Byer
Friday 3rd of April 2015 12:47:38 PM
Caxtons was a tiny little shop as I remember, a hippy type shop called Angel Easy took the premises over.

LadyJ
Friday 3rd of April 2015 12:47:38 PM
The Congregational Church in South Street was demolished in the 1970`s and replacedby the new United Reformed Church in Western Road.

hillman34
Monday 10th of June 2013 08:23:29 PM
How about this for a superb shot of Romford Market complete with animal pens then chaps?

Tony Quinlan
Tuesday 17th of July 2012 10:30:14 PM
This picture certainly brings back memories. As children our mother occasionally took us on a day trips to Southend which involved getting on a Green Line bus at the Bell Corner, Walthamstow. The route of the bus was along the Eastern Avenue but it detoured into Romford Market via North Street. On some occasions it was market day with stalls everywhere.



It may be hard to appreciate now but in the 1950's Romford was still considered a small country town. As London expanded it simply became engulfed by the expansion of Greater London in the same way the growth of East London engulfed smaller villages.



It's quite surprising but if one look on Google Earth, with the exception of a five mile gap between Upminster and Basildon, the blur on the map caused by buildings runs continuously between Slough and Shoebury. Along the line of the Thames there is no building gap at all. It does make one wonder if within a few years, Southend and Shoebury will not be considered the new East London.

Historian
Tuesday 17th of July 2012 10:30:14 PM