My brother Alec (12) and I (11) were at Beecholme from January to December 1956 we were orphans our parents died 7 months apart in 1955. We were in myrtle cottage changed to Willow cottage by the childrens vote I choose Willow and was very excited they picked it. We had 2 house Mothers that we called Auntie. We went to school ...Read full memory
I cannot remember the exact year but it was very cold. I was a TV repair man at Raylec in the High Street and we had a call from a doctor living in a house at the Asylum. She complained that the picture on her Bush TV was very small. I could find nothing wrong with the TV and then noticed that the ...Read full memory
I too, remember Banstead High Street in the 1950's. I well remember the Ibis Book Shop where I bought my first record - Tommy Steel 'Singing the Blues'. Also, I remember the library was up the far end nearly opposite 'The Woolpack'; I think. Opposite the 'Victoria' pub, there was a 'coffee bar, where they played the latest tunes. Does anyone else remember this? Happy memories!
I am hoping to find any kind of information regarding a relative called Minnie Dore (nee Goodwin] who sadly died in Banstead asylum in aprox. 1918 leaving behind my grandfather and their three small sons, George, Maurice and Leonard, who were put into an institution as their father was also ill in hospital and could not ...Read full memory
The stationers referred to was Dunmores and it was a super shop with lots of children's items.
We came to Banstead from New Zealand and my parents bought 2 shops in High Street, the toy shop down one end which had some nursery things in it also, and the nursery shop up the middle of town. I was so blessed to see this photo as we are now living in Australia and trying to do a family tree book. This photo was just a wonderful ...Read full memory
My Great Uncle Reg was committed and sent to Banstead Asylum in 1920. I don't know how long he was there, but it may have only been for a few years. I believe the cause of his problems were as a result of being gassed in France during WW1. I shall go to to the LMA for any detail they may have, but if anyone can ...Read full memory
The large oblong building on the left was Bassett House of which the ground floor was Waitrose. The Bassett Family lived at Hunters Lodge, Banstead and the three children grew up to represent England. Sheena in running and swimming marathons and Pippa and Karen won bronze medals for the British team in the horse four in hand ...Read full memory
Does anyone else remember the chain railings and posts, painted black and white around the green in front of these shops? I used to jump over them as a small child. They enclosed all the grass area.
Note in this photo that the war memorial has been moved back and the wall lowered. Flats have been built on the Banstead house site. You could always see the green houses over the high wall from the top of the 164a bus. The corner shop, which I think used to be a bakery (top left) has gone and the road widened. The ...Read full memory
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