It obviously paid well because I remember he gave Ken a £20 camera for his tenth birthday, at a time when a wage was somewhere between seven and ten pounds a week, and the rest of us kids would regard a ten bob note as untold riches. (click to enlarge) Woodside junior school 1 Top row 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Second row 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Third row 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Bottom row 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 1. I take this opportunity to wish all the Walthamstow Memories readers the compliments of the season and a happy and prosperous new year.The last I heard of Ken was when I read in the Guardian around 1968 that he broke both his legs jumping through a skylight in an attempt to evade the police. Bill BAYLISS From Daniel: I avail myself of this opportunity to express all my gratitude for the excellent and constant flow of articles (and assistance to single visitors) you have provided during the past year: may it continue for years and years to come!
Furthermore, 1947 was a period of after-war shortages of food, clothes, and especially coal, so the effect was much grimmer. We visited Eileen and Peter in Canada for 3 wonderful holidays, we were made so welcome and their 2 daughters were delightful.
Alan Parsons Alan PARSONS Hello Daniel, Because nobody else seems to has done it, I’ve written a long overdue history of the Royal Standard Pub and Music Venue at Blackhorse Road [read it here].
Rev Ketley was my grandfather and I would be delighted to share information with him. Listed under Walthamstow Urban District Council for as a councillor for Higham Hill Ward is a William James Mc Guffie J. He does not appear to have been born a local man and there are few English census references that could possibly be him suggesting he may have possibly been born in Scotland.
William Henry Reeves and he was minister of Church Hill Road Baptist Church, Walthamstow, from 1937 to 1947. The stage was at one end of the hall and Don Harvey, the resident organist and compere was at one side of the stage.
He kept a daily diary and the war years in Walthamstow are particularly interesting. Over the years, because I was a jazz and folk fan, I seldom went there as although I love live music it wasn’t much to my taste.
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Stan Laurel came on holiday to England in 1932 and was joined by Oliver Hardy and his wife. Stupidly, it was a couple of weeks before I put two and two together and belatedly realised that he was Don Harvey of the Royal Standard.
The visit turned into a working tour and they returned to the USA in 1933. Because we were neighbours, both our families got to know each other quite well.
As your friend is 75 years old, it seems likely that, if he saw them perform, it would have been in 1952. This meant that, although he did regular session work with the record and TV companies, he wasn’t available to tour which limited his chance of becoming a really big star.
There is a good on-line free Google book that tells us about the 1947 tour at: Google Books: The Making of Stan Laurel Respects, Bill BAYLISS From Daniel: I avail myself of this opportunity to express all my gratitude for the excellent and constant flow of articles (and assistance to single visitors) you have provided during the past year: may it continue for years and years to come! Some years later, he became estranged from his wife and moved out and I never saw him again.
Many thanks Stephen MARDEN Daniel, I thought the following pictures could be of interest: (click to enlarge) Warwick school ca. Top row 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Middle row 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Bottom row 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 3. Best wishes Phillis WYBROW Tony Kemp wrote to you in Dec 2010 for information relating to Rev Ernest Ketley, minister of Higham Hill Baptist Church from 1947 to his death in 1955. Christine SNELL Bill, The only plausible reference I can find to William Mc Guffie is in the 1922 & 1925/6 edition of Kelly’s Directory.