Early Life in Laindon 1940 to 1947. Part 4.

More Memories of living next to the Arterial Road

On one of the pages in the archive I read of the Romany lady who lived alone in a caravan on the track running from the A127 to St Nicholas Church.

Between Pound Lane and the track was Hatton’s Stores and a few more bungalows.   Mr Talbot, a member of the Home Guard and his daughter lived in the first bungalow on the other side of the track and we lived next to them in Daphdolvia, a rented bungalow.

My earliest memories are between 1944 and 1947 and I remember the woman living in the caravan from this time.

We kept chickens,  fed on corn gleaned from the harvested wheat grown in the field behind the house. It seemed to grow much taller then and I remember my legs getting scratched by the remains of the stalks.  My grandmother would regularly send me along to the caravan with eggs.

We returned to Wanstead in 1947 but  I remembered reading about her in a Sunday paper some time in the mid 1970’s. Does anyone know how old she was?

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