Category Archives: Photography

232 Markhouse Road, Walthamstow

Today we received more fantastic photos from a family who are now in Chepstow but previously lived in 232 Markhouse Road. Susan’s father was a photographer and used to develop his own photos in the bathroom of their flat. By the time we received these we had already finalised and agreed all of the exhibition layouts, but these were so good we managed to squeeze one into the exhibition. We’re very grateful to Susan for getting in touch. Susan said of this photo: “Found this photo of my sister and I, about 1952, reaching up for apples from Mr and […]

Courtesy of Susan Cave

Markhouse Road photos

During our last memory session at Vestry House Museum, we met a former Warner resident whose mother, now 92, was born in a Warner property in 1924. We met Florrie Coster the following week to record her oral history. She had a fantastic collection of photographs of her family’s long association with the area including a Coronation Party in Wetherden Street and this beautiful photograph of her children in the 1950s.

Markhouse Road, courtesy of Florrie Coster

Leyton Warner Estate Walk

Thanks to the 35 people who came on the Leyton walk, and to David Boote who gave us a fascinating and informative tour. We started at Sybourn Street and after looking at the school building we went around the nearby streets: Hibbert Road, Harris Street and Markhouse Road, before going to look at the Dagenham Brook which passes nearby. We then crossed over Lea Bridge Road to the E10 streets like Bloxhall, Morieux and Perth Roads, looking at images that David had brought for us to look at relating to the places in previous years or their place names. The […]

Warner Wallpaper

We received a call from a family in Ardleigh Road to say they were redecorating their home, stripping wallpaper and kept uncovering layers of old wallpaper. In fact we had three calls from them, as they kept uncovering more Warner wallpaper. A closer inspection of the Bedford Lemere album shows some of this wallpaper at the time. The Ardleigh Road properties were built in the 1920s, and the Bedford Lemere album was taken in 1903 so they used the same wallpaper and interior design for many years. Seen here is a section of the floral wallpaper used to decorate a […]

Family photographs

A big thank you to all of those who have lent us their family photographs from the Warner estate. We have received some really wonderful photos, including people outside their first home, or with their first car or TV; we have also received photographs dating back to the 1940s. Seen here is a photograph from a family in Warner Road, Walthamstow who have lived in Warner properties all their lives, in fact four generations of their family lived in Warner properties. Although this is unusual now, it was not necessarily unusual when the Warners owned the estate. Good tenants were […]

The Bedford Lemere Warner Album

Each property and resident I have photographed, I’ve shown the 1903 Bedford Lemere album to, so I thought it worth sharing a photograph from it here as they have prompted many conversations and much interest. And the album has inspired the interior photography which will form part of this project. This album was commissioned by the Warners to showcase their properties and to document the different types of property available in Woodford, Walthamstow and Leyton. Rooms are meticulously presented, possibly staged. The interiors look quite opulent, packed with ornaments, patterns and different textures. The photographs were taken by Bedford Lemere, […]

Scratching the surface

Delivering flyers about the project door-to-door around the Ex Warner properties, has been a great opportunity to start looking closer. I’ve begun to look for even the tinniest evidence of the Warner estate past, and even with many layers of over paint and intervening years, it’s often possible to glimpse a former identity hidden beneath. KG

Warner green

Now I’ve started noticing it, I can see the original Warner green paint everywhere. The doors and window frames used to be yellow and green and were repainted annually by the Warner company. Now the properties are in mixed ownership there is no standard colour and most of the doors and windows have been replaced. Some people keep their doors that colour, but I keep noticing other details too, iron grilles, gutters and drains that have the old green on them, even my own door frame got a bit scratched and underneath I could see the green showing through. LH

Photographs in the sunshine

Had a good day yesterday trying to find the locations included in the 1903 album by Bedford-Lemare that we are studying for the project. It was great to finally work out which trees were still there, which windows we can still recognise, and to track down the places where they must have been standing when they took the photos. Occasionally we would spot a person we hadn’t noticed before- shopkeepers standing in the doorways or an old man in his garden. LH