How Forest Side Once Was
This Page shows how Forest Side, its buildings and surrounds have changed over the years.
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1. Aerial View - Chingford v Ilford, 1950 season
The dressing rooms are situated in the white building in front of the stables. The bungalows in Faversham Avenue have just been erected but there is a vacant piece of land in the bottom left hand corner - and no footpath..
2. The Tea Hut (circa 1960)
The Tea Hut was situated midway along the bottom (Faversham Avenue) side of the ground where (not surprisingly) tea would be taken. Players would then return to the white changing rooms in front of the stables (see Picture 1 above) to continue the game.
3. The Old Pavilion 1965
The old pavilion housed just the clubroom and bar. Toilet facilities were outside and behind the pavilion in the brick building which survives to this day. Apologies for the Chinghoppers spoiling the view !
4.The Old Bar
The old bar was situated in approximately the same place as the current dressing rooms. Paddy Duffy and Terry Dennehy enjoy a pint of Whitbread Tankard, with Mick Carr the barman.
5. Flat Caps and Deckchairs round the ground, 1965
Taken on the same day as Picture 3, Derek Harwood is briefing the substitute fielder. Note the rows of deckchairs around the ground and male spectators in flat caps. You can see directly across to The Queen Elizabeth as the flats in Woodedge Close have not yet been built, but there are signs of scaffolding on the right for the first block going up.
6. Aerial View in the 1970s
The new pavilion has now been erected as have the flats in Woodedge Close. In the bottom left hand corner of the ground you can see that a school (The Waltham Forest School) in Faversham Avenue previously adjoined the ground. In the bottom right hand corner the Cricket School has yet to be constructed.