Memories of Balham

Our First Home

I remember living at 34 Balham High Road as a small child, with my nan, sister and some other family members - we lived above the undertakers. I recall a cafe, and my primary school was around the corner, which was called Alderbrook. My mother and her siblings also attended the same school when they were young. One of my ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by Teresa Allen

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


My Mum, Dad and I moved to the new council houses in Boundaries Road (built on a bombsite) in 1957 when I was 1 year old, so obviously my first memories are of Balham. Dad went to work and Mum and I went shopping every day. These are some of the shops I remember; there was Alfie the greengrocer just by the railway bridge at the ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham by Liz Foster


Hi does anyone remember the Balham Court Ballroom I use to go there a lot with my friends back in the 50s P.s The ballroom was over top of shops

A memory of Balham by Beryl Clark

British Films

I was born in Louisville Road in 1944 . My father ,Jack, was General Manager of British Films Ltd in Balham High Road. We moved out of London shortly after I was born, but my father continued to run B Films well into the 1950's. Does anyone recall the company which produced mobile Cinema vans mainly? One of the people who worked ...Read full memory

A memory of Balham

Home Town

what a beautifull area this was back then.. its changed so much, so sad to see your birth place ruined..... Agnes Riley park so great for kids and mums n dads too , My Aunty would take me there on a Sunday morning ... it was lovely... Oh if this is progress give me the olden days every time ....

A memory of Balham by Cindy Little

Local Church

I was christened, married and my daughter was also christened in this church. It has fond memories for me.

Nanny's Bloomers

I lived in Balham for many years, and when my Nan came to visit, her first request was a trip to a little shop near the market that sold 'old fashioned' knickers, stays, liberty bodices etc, I have fond memories of that lovely little shop sadly long gone now, but cant remember the name, can anyone help to jog my memory.

A memory of Balham by Marion Paterson

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

Wireless And Accumulator Shop

When I was a child I would visit my grandparents in Mitcham. My grandfather had his own wireless and accumulator shop in Balham/Tooting area. It was a tiny shop, in a very poor area, probably only big enough for two or three people which he would lock up each night. He had a bike with a side car which he would use to deliver/return accumulators to his customers.

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