Last week we went to meet with some of the staff at Valence House Museum and found out some fascinating facts about the history of the Mayesbrook neighbourhood, specifically the DIY Streets project area between Porter’s Avenue, Lodge Avenue, Rugby Road and Gale Street. Before the Becontree estate was built in the 1920’s Porter’s Lodge farm was on this land so it seemed quite appropriate to name the blog after the farm to describe this part of Mayesbrook neighbourhood. At Valence House they have a wonderful collection of photographs of how Porter’s Avenue looked in 1947, it looks very different now so do go and have a look if you can.
Did you know that there used to be Flamingo’s in Parsloes Park? Do you know where Matchstick Island is or where you might find a sunken Italian garden? Where are you going if you go ‘Down the Dip’ and who played in the Roundhouse in the 1970’s?
If you want to share your photo’s or memories of Becontree then please do keep checking this blog, or send a message with your interest! We’ll be organising a local history session in the New Year as part of the street redesign project and looking at how we can incorporate the area’s history into its future. Do get involved as we’d be really pleased to see you there. You can also get involved by sharing your stories and photos here on History Pin and add your knowledge to the local area.