Looking for old friends Knapp Road School and Sumner House London E3

Looking for old friends: Knapp Road School, and Sumner House, Watts Grove / Devons Road London E3

Jimmy Drysdale and Chris Savory wrote in to ask.

Knapp Road School

It would be great to have contact with anyone remembering me during the 1950s at Knapp Road School. I lived in Rounton Road, which was opposite the main entrance to the school.

Some names that come to mind during that period are the Calvey brothers, The Bone twins. The Caudroys, Sam, Alan, Sally. Reggie Crane, David Winn, Raymond Cooper, Charlie Dell, Terry Underhill, and Lots more also. My best friend at that time was Charlie (chopper) Knight. He lived on the railway bridge next to the Fisk family and Skinners the barber shop on Devons Road opposite the Widows Son Public House.

Is anyone out there?

Jimmy Drysdale.

Sumner House, Watts Grove / Devons Road

I lived in the above from my birth ,1950 till 1968.

I’d love to hear from anyone who lived in this PBC block, or who has tales regarding its residents.

We had to move in April 1968 ,as part/all of it was to be demolished. It’s still there! Does anyone have the story regarding what happened.

I had a great childhood there and remember John Paine & his sisters, Michael Coleman and David Jones (sadly no longer with us). Tina and Terry Lowe, Len Fenn and Tony Gillard. The memories.

Chris Savory

Looking for old friends: Sumner House Watts Grove / Devons Road, London E3
Sumner House Watts Grove / Devons Road, London E3. Photographed 9th Jan 2023.


  1. hi linda
    thanks for your reply.
    great memories indeed- the surnames are so familiar -not all christian names.
    i remember pat and christine dunn;the dells,charlie and siddy; bill ellis!

    what happened to tina and terry?


    1. Hi Chris
      Tina lived in Greenwich for a number of years and now lives in Kent with her son and his family. Terry has been married to Jackie for many years and lives in Essex.
      Bill Ellis was my uncle.

  2. Chris
    Tina and Terry Lowe are my cousins and I lived in Bramble House opposite Sumner House in Watts Grove. I married John Moncur whose Nan lived in Sumner House. I remember Charlie Dell and the Dunns who also lived in Sumner house and also my Nan and grandad Ellis lived there too.
    My name then was Linda Ellis until I married into the Moncur’s. My other cousins were Valerie and Gillian Dowsett, Jimmy And Elaine Clark, Christine and Katherine Lowe. My best friend was Margaret Stubbs who lived in Fern Street and we both went to Devon’s Road school. I was on the netball team with Jackie Hood, Linda Sullivan, Eileen King, Vivienne Westwood, and some I can’t remember their names.
    Our families all lived close to one another and we spent great times together in times without worry and had lots of freedom that our children don’t have today.
    Lovely times and great memories.
    Linda Moncur

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