Market memories: Four more monkeys from Romford in the 1960s

14:48 23 January 2013

Sharon Hedden and brother Dean Fox with the monkeys in Romford Market, 1964

Sharon Hedden and brother Dean Fox with the monkeys in Romford Market, 1964


Here’s the latest bunch of monkey pictures received at the Recorder news desk.

Margaret Sheldrick aged 10 in Romford MarketMargaret Sheldrick aged 10 in Romford Market

You’ve been sending in old photographs of your cheeky companions ever since we ran a shot from Lynn Neary of Dagenham a fortnight ago.

Last week, we featured no fewer than eight of your pictures, taken by Romford Market’s resident photographer throughout the 1960s – and here we present four more of the best.

Sharon Fray, who sent us a festive image of her five-year-old self, her little brother and two monkeys from 1969, said: “I remember wanting to take the monkey home, and I also remember his very cold little hand.

“Today with animal rights and health and safety I don’t imagine photographs like this could happen. I would love to know what ever happened to the photographer.”

Stuart Brown and sister Lin with the monkeys in Romford Market, circa 1968Stuart Brown and sister Lin with the monkeys in Romford Market, circa 1968

Meanwhile, Hornchurch resident Shirley Watling, now 66, remembers seeing monkeys in a different part of the borough.

“In 1951 my aunts and I used to walk to a grocer’s shop on the hill in Upminster,” she remembered.

“We would hand in my Nan’s grocery list, which was later delivered.

“Before we all walked back, my young aunts would take me across the road to see live small monkeys in a cage alongside Upminster Bridge Station.

Sharon Fray (née Heyburn) aged five, and brother Sean, aged three, with the monkeys, Christmas 1969Sharon Fray (née Heyburn) aged five, and brother Sean, aged three, with the monkeys, Christmas 1969

“Does anyone else remember the monkeys? Were they the monkeys from Romford Market?”

If you remember the Upminster Bridge monkeys, or have any other old memories to share, contact the news desk on 020 8477 3878 or e-mail


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