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

Introductory Event

Our first session went well, with 28 interested people turning up to hear more.  From this we have 15 who have expressed interest to be involved.

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voting slipSome really interesting stories have already started to emerge, with a lot of sharing on the type of business people had used.

We found out there were over 90 different business located in the Park district in 1960. From this list we were asked to vote on which businesses we should concentrate on, as 90 would be too many.

The next session is on Friday 11 April from 1.45 to 3.45 at the Park Centre on Chelmsford St.