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Balham, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Balham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Childhood

I lived in Balham from the year I was born until 1963 when my family moved. I went to Henry Cavendish School and remember the swimming pool being built after a lot of fund raising. Mr Bassett was the music teacher and wrote many musicals performed by pupils. I lived in Rossiter Road, my maternal grandparents lived in Cavendish Road and ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham

Hernville Road School Balham 1938 39

I started at Hernville Road School when I was 5 in 1937 and when war broke out in 1939 we happened to be staying with my grandfather so I didn't get evacuated with the school. BUT prior to that, I have a vivid memory of being assembled and waiting in the school hall with an eiderdown fastened up with a ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham

Mayford Road Calbourne Road Airdale Gosburton Etc.

I am trying to contact someone who lived in and around the Mayford Rd area during the 50's and remembers in particular the Coronation and the street parties circa 1953 and any photographs taken during this period. I remember fondly the shops up and down Mayford Road, there was Goffin the ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by Philip Spencer