In the course of researching my family history I am piecing together the movements of one of my great-aunts, Grace Healing (née Horton).
She was born in East Ham in 1895, and in 1919 married Harold Percy Healing, whose family lived in a rather grand house in Hornchurch – still standing, but I believe now a care home. Sadly, Harold died shortly afterwards, and Grace went to live in the Seven Kings/Ilford area.
I am fairly certain that by about the late 1940s or early 1950s Grace was living somewhere in Langdon Hills, either on her own (she never remarried) or possibly with one or other of her two sisters, Hilda and Lilly.
I have quite a few old photos of her bungalow, and would love to know if anyone can shed light on this theory. I’m guessing, from a partially visible sign in one of the pictures, that the house was called Cliftonville, but I have no idea which road it might have been in, and it would seem that many in the area have been obliterated anyway.