Nowadays W. English & Son has two branches, in Bethnal Green and South Woodford. Did they have another office at some point in Manor Park?
A close look at the first and penultimate lines of this ghost sign shows this wall was painted on two occasions. Originally these two lines read
Branches In All Parts Of London
As for the more recent sign, it reads
Est. 1871 [or 1817 *]
Beautiful & Lasting Memorials
Erected in any Cemetery
Inscriptions & Renovations
Phone Ilford 0.32
* It seems the sign painter got the last two digits mixed up. Having realised his mistake, he painted them again but the result is confusing, thus the date could be 1817 or 1871 (when the paint was fresher the original error was certainly properly hidden).
To conclude on a humoristic note, when I discovered this ghost sign, which brings together 'English' and the idea of death, I was reminded straight away of a video advertising a French school in the US: click here to watch it.
Location: Rabbits Road / Picture taken in May 2011