Group explores the past of Becontree Estate

Jimmy Ford leading a tour around Becontree Estate

Jimmy Ford leading a tour around Becontree Estate - Credit: Archant

History buffs took to the streets of the Becontree Estate on Saturday to explore its past.

More than 16 residents followed Jimmy Ford, 11, as he led talks about fashion designer Hardy Amies’ childhood home and how war affected the area.

The tour, organised by arts company Create London, also explored Valence Park, Valence House and an Anderson Shelter on the day.

Everyone who set out on the walk, swapped their tales of parents and grandparents experiences during the war and how it affected them.

They also looked at some of Jimmy’s World War two memorabilia.

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Sophie Chapman, associate curator at Create London, said: “The tours were such a success we hope to repeat them.”

While, one of the walkers, Doreen Sims added: “It’s just so great to see a young boy so interested in history.”

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