In this picture, we can see Old Church Road, Chingford, looking south in 1955.

Although it is now a bustling shopping area, it was not always like this.

Historically, the road was home to several farms and cottages.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Old Church Road in Chingford todayOld Church Road in Chingford today (Image: Gary Stone)

However, with an increasing population, there was a need for shops and services to cater to the growing demand.

Over time, the road slowly transformed into the major shopping area that we see today.