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Doris I have attached a picture of Hackbridge Park Hotel from 1947
yes the actual Drill Hall was at the back of the big house that was between the river and the Green the cottages were built for the staff of the big house it had various names first Hackbridge Park , Hackbridge House, The Drill Hall,City House, probably more it was owned by the Goad Family in the 1800s reputation has it that it was used by one of the London Hotels for dirty week ends for their clients but i do not know if this was true. Doris
if anyone has any memories of wartime in hackbridge my email is <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry Doris I've never heard the term "Hackbridge Park"- Are your referring to grounds of the large house that stood between the Green and the river. Was the drill hall in that house please.
A large Drill Hall was built at the back of Hackbridge Park, the TA used it for various things, the floor was my fathers pride and joy,the ceiling in the front hall and what was the mens mess was painted , i can not remember what the picture was but was it kept? and the Officers mess i am not sure now if that was a picture too, it was a lovely house i am very surprised that it was destroyed my wedding reception was held in the Officers mess,. our garden was in the far corner near Mullards, can i help again, i used to climb the big ceder tree tree just inside Corbet on the left and to the right by the flag pole was an almond tree very nice. Doris
Where exactly was the Drill Hall Doris?
oh to be back in Hackbridge in the 1940s going to the Dances at the Drill Hall when my Father was Caretaker there and the friends i knew renewed , where are they now? Rose Wells died when she was just 21 but there was more ,a few i cannot remember thier names, there was Duchie , he was Roses boy friend and Jim Kirkland Duchies mate are they still alive or gone but definately not forgot,i am now 85 but memories are still as plain, what happened to those lovely trees along the front of the Drill Hall, dear Hackbridge i maybe a long way away but you will forever be in my mind .Kath Honey who worked at the kennels is still alive ,she and i have kept in touch all these years,her brother Stan who also worked with us passed away a little time ago,all for now, Doris Hartin nee Chamberlain
Thanks! we must get these onto the timeline .....
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