For more than a century, Ockendon Road was pretty much treeless, and rather grim as a result (look at the historic pictures here). Then along came Bill Bayliss, long-time Road resident and a formidable Islington councillor or alderman from 1952-83. Bill Bayliss, teacher at Camden Road Upper School, 1961 Bill Bayliss not only opposed … Continue reading Oh! Look at the trees!
You may have noticed that we were unusually busy over the dark winter months, preparing and edging the new beds around our four young trees. We have also explored a new technique to deal with beds (mostly at the Essex Road end) where the rising tree roots stopped us from edging with tiles or … Continue reading Blessed plots: Tree Gardens since 2008
Early on Sunday morning, if you were awake and excited for the day ahead, the sound of brushes sweeping the street and gutters could be heard. A surreptitious delivery of tables and chairs borrowed from the Church was deposited on the street. Then at ten o’clock the barriers went up at the two ends of … Continue reading The Great Ockendon Road Street Party 2012
Hot at last, for the late May Bank Holiday, 2018. Here's a walk down the Road: But in the evening, the "Mother of Thunderstorms". More pictures, later in the summer..
Barry Hudson has been delivering milk here for more than three decades, very early in the morning. But he never drinks the stuff. Here he is in action in a nice little movie by the local filmmaker Ellie King; click on the milk bottles for "Keeping Afloat": http://www.ellieking.co.uk/films
NOW LET'S GO EAST, to Southgate Road. The country boundary with Hackney runs all along the middle of it, which might make street cleaning problematic. Or repairs. Far fewer pictures than of Essex Road, but one or two evocative ones: The end of Ockendon Road is just about visible after the second block of houses … Continue reading A walk through the past 2: Eastwards to Southgate Road
In 1999, the long-standing keeper of the Road's conscience, the late Berta Hall, came up with an insistent idea: we needed to find away of commemorating the looming new Millennium. And so a celebratory mug was created by the artist and architect Janet Payne. The venture raised several hundred pounds for Shelter, and some of … Continue reading Mugged for the Millennium