Nostalgia: Fewer cars, but plenty of buses

South Street in the 1950s. Credit: 'Reproduced by
kind permission of Brian Evans'.

South Street in the 1950s. Credit: 'Reproduced by kind permission of Brian Evans'. - Credit: Archant

Glimpse the past with our Bygone Havering section.

We want you to share old photographs from around the borough with readers. They could be of local landmarks, residents or family members.

This week we have an image of South Street, Romford, looking towards the station, from the 1950s.

The photograph was sent in by historian Brian Evans and shows South Street at the junction with the Market Place and High Street before pedestrianisation.

Brian said: “I find this photograph very interesting because everyone looks so relaxed in comparison to us today. It is surprising that there weren’t more accidents in those days because there were so many buses.

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“People could get the bus from Hornchurch and would be in Romford in just 20 minutes.

“They could go shopping in Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s supermarket.”

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He added: “The country was still recovering from the war, so there weren’t as many cars on the road as today.”

The photograph is set to feature in an exhibition at Havering Museum later this year on Havering’s transport past.

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