Coventry Road Ilford Essex

Here are a couple of images from the house I grew up in. Most of Ilford in Essex was built up around the late 1800s, during the Victorian style of architecture.




I can remember I used to talk to my friend who lived next door through our bedroom walls.

Long before soundproofing and cavity insulation was thought of. Also every house had a lovely tiled front path, I always remembered that.

The second image clearly shows the outside toilet each house had, just adjacent to the kitchen door. Cold in the winter and not for those who don’t like spiders!

Coventry Road Ilford Essex

Coventry Road Ilford Essex

Coventry Road Ilford Essex

Coventry Road Ilford Essex


7 comments on “Coventry Road Ilford Essex
  1. Pauline Williams (nee Johnson) says:

    Can anyone tell me when Coventry Road Ilford was built I lived at 279 until 1966.

    • Malcolm Oakley says:

      Hello Pauline, the houses are all Victorian, I went to Christchurch infants and junior school and that was built in 1898 (so the weather vane stated!) So anytime around then, 1898. I lived at number 128.

    • Janice Brown Josch says:

      I come from Canning Town, but about 30 years ago my now husband, Ulf, came from Germany to work at Mattessons in West Ham. He rented a room in a house in Coventry Road.

  2. Marion Crane says:

    Not quite as ‘posh’ as Ilford, I lived in Colchester Ave, Manor Park (No.7) and yes, remember the outside lav and having to lag all the pipes with sacking in the winter with an icicle hanging off the roof right over the door. So huge that when it finally fell, it blocked the door to the lav and I dreaded it thinking if I was in there when it came down, I’d never be dug out. Also recall all the beautiful tiled front steps and paths – be worth a fortune these days! Think there were only 3 houses built without a bathroom – yes, No.7 was one. So, zinc bath, cleanest in first and dirtiest last! Always thought the roads in Ilford looked so grand compared to ours.

    • Maryanne Baldock says:

      I lived in ‘posh’ Ilford![Ilford Lane,]and worked in Ilford Hill,’Balance Foundations’ Not far from Manor Park. Some of my relatives lived in Dersingham Avenue,and Grantham Road,Herbert Road, lots of them are in the cemetery nearby. we didn’t have a bathroom either! Ilford wasn’t THAT posh. My brother in law owned the Forest Gate Garage. I would love to hear more from you Marion.

  3. Very interesting blog, it is always nice to look at old photos and learn more about history.
    Thank you for the good blog.

  4. Maria says:

    I used to buy my jeans from your shop back in 1981/82 !!! LOL and they were defo a tight-fit! ( remeber the make bull’)Strange thing was my son came home from a spphoing trip with his cousin and had bought 3 pairs of jeans from a small shop in Iford .yes it’s yours and it made me thinkback to the really lovely guy who owned the shop and spent so long making sure allwere happy with their jeans!Great Memories

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