Nostalgia: ‘The oilman of Romford’

18:00 27 April 2013

Chris's mum outside the oil shop. Picture: Chris Van Holby

Chris's mum outside the oil shop. Picture: Chris Van Holby


Glimpse the past with our Bygone Havering section. We want you to share old photographs from around the borough with readers.

The oilman would nap on his way home from London as the horses knew the route home. Picture: ChrisThe oilman would nap on his way home from London as the horses knew the route home. Picture: Chris

They could be of local landmarks, residents or family members.

This week, we have “the oilman of Romford”. It was sent in by Chris Van Holby. He writes: “The Ewings of Dallas were not the only family who made their fortune from oil – the Fulcher family in Romford did so too.

“The shop was at the bottom of Victoria Road, Romford, from about 1890 to 1930. They sold paint and oil for cooking and lighting plus hardware and then petrol.

“It was owned by the Fulcher family. The lady outside the shop is my mum, Dorothy Fulcher.

“Her father, Robert Fulcher, ran three horse and carts delivering paraffin to villages around Romford. He also delivered oil to Romford Market for 30 years for the hurricane lamps used on the stalls.

“Robert had to go to London every week to collect his oil and used to enjoy a nap on the way home as the horses knew the way.

“The family continued in business as wholesale grocers from their premises in Malvern Road until the 1960s.”

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