Peter Pearman - Summerhill Memories
MEMORIES OF SUMMERHILL ROAD
My parents were Ivy and Les Pearman who moved into number
58 Summerhill Road in 1935 and spent all their life there. My father died in 1978 and my
mother finally left the house in 2003 to move into a residential home and passed away some
8 months later at the ripe old age of 95.
Ivy & Les Pearman -Summerhill Road 1966
Ivy Pearman with next door neigbour, Bill Potter - 1990
I went to Downhills Junior School along with a number of friends in the road. Alan Adams who lived at number 62, with a big front garden on the corner of Clyde and Summerhill road. Also Robert Turner who lived at number 76, which was a hardware shop (then called the Oil Shop) next door to the pub and opposite the abattoir.
Downhills Junior School-Class Photograph 1958 ?
Top Row:Geoffrey Jones,?,Michael Diprose,?,Peter Pearman,?,Terry Stock,?,Barry,Susan Macjaja
Second Row: ?,Ann Mason,Alan Stroud,Susan Tongue, Brian Stevens,?,Peter Grimes,?,Dennis Potter,?,
Third Row: ?,?,?,Roger Buckland,?,James Finn,David Nudd,Brian Stapleton
Bottom Row: Alan Harrison,Janice White,Robert Turner, ?,?
also knew Michael Diprose who lived at number 51, nearly opposite me, and Geoffrey Jones
who lived at no 10 I think, sadly Geoff passed away some years ago.
I was born after the end of the war but do remember
playing in the old bombed out buildings in West Green Road, as I recall they built flats
on the land in the late fifties.
I remember the abattoir, which was known then as the
slaughterhouse and the lorries arriving with the live cattle sheep and pigs, going for
slaughter. As kids we would poke sticks through the bars to make the pigs squeal,
werent we horrible little beggars!
I remember the pigs being taken down the road first to
what was known as the Piggery, to fatten them up. Its now a transport
company I think, about number 40 Summerhill. I remember Jack the pigman who I think is
still lives in the road to this day. We spent hours as kids watching the animals go to and
fro, the smell was awful and I recall the cattle and pigs escaping occasionally. One
caused mayhem by running into the Oil shop and sending all the goods flying.
West Green Baptist Football Team
Peter Pearman is in the back row standing next to John Harvey who was the pack leader of the Lifeboys. The boy kneeling in front of Peter is Raymond Brandon. The only other one Peter can remember is Robert Turner kneeling in the midlle of the front row.
Early photograph of the Pearman Family in Downhills Park
We also spent a great deal of time playing in Downhills Park
and over the recreation ground, where we could ride our bikes on the mini road layout,
quite a novelty then. I remember there being a National bus strike, I think it would have
been in the late fifties, and a group of us walking from Tottenham to Epping Forest and
back, we must have been mad. But then we walked everywhere then, nobody got a lift to
I have some very fond memories of the 20 odd years I spent growing up and living in the road and they will always stay with me.
Article redesigned and additional photographs added-January 2012