The following photographs recall the local street parties enjoyed by families celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953. Included at the end are some from an earlier date that are from 1945 Victory parties, as we have found that sometimes there is confusion as to whether they are Victory or Coronation parties!
On Walmer Road.
Left : Rita and Babs Schorman outside 77 Walmer Road. The house was eventually demolished following the building of Westway.
Above: the children of Walmer Road in fancy dress. Notice the TV screen with Muffin the Mule, a popular TV puppet. The small boy is dressed as the celebrated jockey Sir Gordon Richards. Photos: John Henwood
Left: Nearby Calverley Street, later to be demolished to make way for Westway. Photo: A.Bateman.
Below : Aldermaston Street, another street that disappeared with the building of Westway. Oxford Gardens School can be seen in the background.
The following series of photos are of Rillington Place (lent by the Westbury family).
It was in this street, running off St Mark’s Road, that the bodies of several murdered women were discovered earlier in the year in no 10. A former resident of the house, John Reginald Halliday Christie, was, by June 1953 awaiting trial on charges of murdering two women. The houses on the street were later demolished and the street name disappeared. It is now Bartle Road.
Below are photos of a Coronation party outside the Volunteer pub on Latimer Road. In the background is A.Saxby & Sons Removals at the end of Latimer Place
These have been sent in by Sonia Mills.