What a swell party!

The If Walls Could Talk 50s style celebration on the 23rd August was attended by about 70 people (with a whopping 27 people also going on the final guided tour of the Park Estate). We’ve had some lovely feedback – about the booklet, the exhibition, the tour, the 50s food and music, and above all, the great atmosphere at the party, getting old and new residents of the Park area together, reminiscing and learning about our shared past. The link below takes you to an album of photos from the event…


History group participants


Some of the history group outside St John’s Mission Hall, 30 Chelmsford Street
L-R: Gordon Lake, Patricia Giles, Christine Worsley, Mary Lavelle, Jason West, Amy Hopwood,
Tricia Donovan and Gerry Maynard.


Amy Hopwood outside 8 Ranelagh Road Nash and Son (bakers and confectioners)
the inspiration for the project.


Gerry Maynard & Christine Worsley (cousins) standing in front of . . .
‘the longest wall in the estate, to play cricket against’ The Triangle – Hardwick Street


Gordon Lake outside 6 Chelmsford Street


Patricia Giles outside the girls entrance to St Augustine’s (RC) Primary School Walpole Street


Gerry Maynard outside the site of the doughnut factory (The Triangle – Lennox Street)


Tricia Donovan & partner outside 27 Walpole Street
site of Cameron-Clarke (wine and spirit merchants)


Jason West outside the Derby Street Methodist Church

photographs by Mandy Rathbone