Small Faces London - Ilford Park
There has been speculation about the actual location of Itchycoo Park.
"Itchycoo Park is a name East End kids used to give to any local park (Manor Park) where vagrants congregated (when I was a kid in the East End in the '60s)." (Paul Williams)
The name comes about because the park was notorious for the stinging nettles that tended to attract kids playing and courting couples and make them itch.
"I was born and bred in Manor Park E12 and lived there between 1953 and1967. I met Steve Marriott on a number of occasions as a youngster. Manor Park itself was not known as Itchycoo Park rather it was what us local kids including Steve nicknamed little Ilford Park due to the horrendous amount of stinging nettles there. It is still there at the bottom of Church Road E12 now minus the nettles. Hope this authentic info puts you right." (Anthony Wragg)
Tony Quinlan claims that it was NOT Ilford Park but Little Ilford Park in Manor Park E12:
The "dreaming spires" were not from East London though. There are two schools of thought about this with claims that Ronnie saw the spires of Bristol or Oxford while staying in a hotel there.
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