Addiscombe, Shirley Road, The Parade c.1965

Addiscombe, Shirley Road, The Parade c.1965

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Memories of Addiscombe, Shirley Road, the Parade c1965

Croydon Memories

I was actually born in KCH in the 1960's , but my parents lived in Grange Road, Upper Norwood - and that is where I spent my childhood. Went to All Saints School, Westwood and Lady Edridge Schools. Lessons with the boys from Stanley Technical College in the 6th form! Remember some teachers at All Saints - Mr Woods, Mr Edwards, Miss May. Swam with Pollards Swimming Club and Woodside and Thornton Heath. Swam in the Croydon Borough Championships at South Norwood Pools. Remember the old baths at Thornton Heath - and having bovril after a swim. Changing rooms all the way round the edge of the pool. Fun times at Cinderella Rockerfellas. Ice skating at Streatham. Actually my dad (Edwin Bickerstaff) used to ...Read full memory

A memory of Addiscombe

Addiscombe And Croydon Characters

There seemed to be a lot of eccentric characters around in those days. Old blokes with strange shaped polished bald heads (these were the days when it was the older generation that were bald, just the opposite to today). In the congregation at St James Church, and also upstairs in Lyons tea house (next door to Kennards?) where they would sit all day playing chess. I used to think that when I grew up I would like to become an elderly eccentric like that. I was recently teaching some kid to drive and she said, "I think you"ve achieved your ambition!" Then there was Miss Daniel a large spinster, and music teacher in Addiscombe - half a crown, a lesson. Not a great teacher but what a fantastic ...Read full memory

A memory of Addiscombe by Francis Beck

Mother Danced In Crepe De Chine

Mother Danced in Crepe de Chine They sat me on an ostrich for the man to cut my hair At Kennard’s store in Croydon, I used to love it there. There were parrots doing fancy tricks And model gnomes and elves, Who lived inside the window land In front of half stocked shelves. They had a moving staircase that took us to the toys, Meccano sets and Minics, For dads and older little boys. I had a one eyed monkey And a rubber doll called Lou, And lots of soft grey plasticene, And a cuddly grandma too. My dad was in the army, Just a photo in his cap, And India was miles away; A pink piece on the map. My mother danced in crepe de ...Read full memory

A memory of Addiscombe by Robin Gray

Dancing At Thornton Heath

Please someone do tell me the name of the energetic little lady who taught us all ballroom dancing in a first floor room in Purley. I am wirting my memoirs and her name is on the tip of my tongue but I cannot quite get it. I well remember a young boy who would regularly come up, stand in front of me, jerk his head to indicate he wanted to dance. I would stand up, our bodies would, to say the least move together and the only thing he ever said was to whisper in my ear "slow, slow quick quick slow" whenever we did the foxtrot. He was a good-looking chap and must still be 'out there' somewhere !!! Please send me an e-mail if you remember the place I am speaking about. Vera Dyter

A memory of Addiscombe by Vera Hopkins

The Old Club House School

I was delighted to hear (and see) that I was not the only person who remembers the Club House. It would seem that one or two of us lived on the estate (I lived in Coleridge Road) and a comment regarding the primary school prompted me to remember Mr Payne who tended the boilers that were underneath the primary school and Mrs Masters the headmistress. In sorting out some old paperwork I came across a Postal Order counterfoil from the Post office by the fire station - remember the name - Bellingers. I moved away to the West Country in 1969 and as all my relatives have long since passed on I have had no reason to return to the area. But very happy times spent there.

A memory of Addiscombe by Roger Steer

The Fish Shop

When I was still going to school Ashburton High School I had a park time job at the Fish Shop at the Shirly Road shops I worked every day arfter school Monday to Friday, also all day Saturday, and I got paid 12 shillings for that, this is how I paid for my new bike. When I say fish shop I mean the old fish shops with the slab in the front of the shop with all the fresh fish on it. My friend used to work in the butcher shop. We bouth used to deliver our fish and meat to the Shirly Club House on our delivery bikes. Does anyone out there remember these shops?

Ashburton Club House School

Yes, I remember the Club House - I seem to recall we went there after the Primary school and before the Junior School but I could be wrong! I remember the playground there and going home from school across the old golf course which still had the hillocks and sandy bits! I lived in Chaucer Green so not far to walk! I went back to the Junior/Primary school on summer fete day 4 years ago and it looked exactly the same. It still had the area round the back where we used to do high jump, and the same doors and windows. I hated the outside toilets but they have gone now! I went to Ashburton Secondary school after that. I always think of Addiscombe as my home even though I live in Banstead now. I am very nostalgic about it. I wish I could find a photo of the Club House too!

Shirley Road Shops

I lived at Ashburton and spent my junior school years from 1953 at the primary and junior schools after which I walked everyday to South Norwood  where I attended Stanley Tech.  The interesting part was the intermediate school that I and many others went to was known as the club house. This was the old golf club situated by the fire station  on the corner of Long Lane by Ashburton Park.  We all had great fun here. I guess I was about eight years old  and remember in the winter the roaring open fires and sliding down the bannister. It was eventually demolished and now has several blocks of flats occupying the site.  However, the picture titled The Parade is surely the small row of ...Read full memory

A memory of Addiscombe by Roger Steer
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