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Memories of Balham

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

Looking For My Best Friend

I lived on Balham Grove between 1954 and 1964. Looking for my best friend Rosemary Cunningham also lived on Balham Grove in a 2-storey house on the opposite side of the road. We had a lot of fun playing together with Lynn Frame and Robert Jacobs mostly in the street. We all use to go together to the Odean Cinema ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by wintoni

Living In Balham

I lived in Balham during the Blitz and Mum and my brother Ralph lived in Westlands Tce, which was bombed around 1944, maybe earlier. My dad was serving in the Navy. My brother was in a boarding school in the country as he was asthmatic, but Mum and I were in the home. I was driven to a local Rest Centre and Mum followed. ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by billeve1

The Green Dolphin Cafe

My grandfather bought Smiths Car Showroom after the war when it was the Green Dolphin Cafe. I can remember going to the cafe in the 1950s when I was small. I think it is now a windows showroom.

A memory of Balham by Claire Allen

Lived Just Round The Corner From Here

Lived in Badminton Road as a child and teenager. There was a garage just out of view on the right. Used to walk up here to the tube and buses at Clapham South, there was a bus down Nightingale Lane, the 189, which was quite infrequent (in London terms). I also went to St. Marys Balham from 1962 to 1968, and ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by mmd1957

Balham And The Ballrooms

I lived in Balham from 1947 to 1967, and recall two ballrooms. The first being directly opposite Balham underground station, above the ABC café on the corner of Chestnut Grove. It was owned by a guy called Sydney Francis and titled as such. The other dance hall was located along Balham high road, (opposite Du Cane Court ...Read full memory

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Were You There

Balham 1947-1964 I was born in Lynn Road 1947, we lived in a maisonette that was what was called derequisioned. I went to Alderbrook school then Garrett Green. Lived there with my mum Gladys dad Norman brother John and sister Jennifer. Our Dad died in 1955 .I used go to Bonniville guides and ballroom dance lessons on Saturday morning in Balham High Road My name was Pat king now Pat Holland.

A memory of Balham by pat.holland

Bedford Hill Stores

My mother June grew up in Balham & she lived above her parents shop Bedford Hill stores. It was on Bedford Hill and backed onto Hildreth Street market. Her father was David Glicksman. I would love to locate any photos of the store or any memories.

A memory of Balham by happidaiz

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