Barnehurst, Courtleet Parade c.1965
Memories of Barnehurst, Courtleet Parade c1965
My grandparents lived on the top of the hill near to the pylon. Granddad was away fighting the war with the Royal Navy, and my Gran and mum, Valerie, toughed out the war here (Coniston Road). The air raid shelter later turned into an ornamental pond. There were antiaircraft guns at the end of their garden, on the banks; later, after the war, flats were built there (being replaced back in the 80’s I think). Bursted Woods, to the left of the picture, was fun as a kid. The golf course was a rubbish tip in a prior life. Hurley’s the greengrocers, served local produce, with Olive Hurley at the helm. I think it’s now the Omar Khayyam curry house. I remember the sweet shop, and there was a barbers shop – did the guy have a gammy leg?
Does anyone remember the Duke of Ediniburgh pub, run by a great couple Eric and May Afrters every night done my early pub training in there all a by gone era now sadly.
This is very much a shot in the dark. My parents, Jim & Eva Davidson, moved to Barnhurst in the late 1930s and lived in a maisonette, ground floor I believe. My father worked at the Woolwich Arsenal ordinance factory and I was around 3-4 years old, having been born in Ilford in 1936. Obviously my memory is minimal but there are a few things that may jog somebody's. My father dug a out and erected an Anderson Shelter in the back garden. The husband of the couple who lived above us was an Air Raid Warden who my father used to say drove him mad with his whistle when the sirens went. They had at least one child, a daughter, who would be roughly my age. We left in 1941 I believe when my father was transferred away ...Read full memory
Growing up in Barnehurst still gives me some lovely memories, like Mr Bink's fish & chip shop and the Hairdressers which was run by Mrs English. We used to go dancing in The Embassy Ball room on a Saturday evening which was always good fun. My father bought our house on Parkside Avenue in 1932 which I lived in with my three brothers and one sister. It was a friendly road where most of our neighbours knew each other. I had a very happy childhood growing up in Parkside Avenue, we felt safe playing on the golf course as children. We didn't have to lock our front or back doors and the neighbours would often knock on the back door and let themselves in. Oh what fond memories I have of lovely Parkside Avenue, Barnehust Mary Lingard (Bailey)
I used to live in Albion Road, when it was used as a small single road. People used it to access Hides car park, now the new dreaded shopping centre. I used to work in the greengrocers in Hides on a Saturday morning. I lived in a large detached house called 'Highfield' in Albion road before we sold it to the British Legion, which was subsequently sold to make way for the new shopping centre. I loved those times, Silver Lounge, Astor cinema, bowling alley, Regal cinema, Wimpy bar, the Redmoon pub in Pincott Road near 1940 cleaners and Margo's and many more. I used to go to the Court School of Dancing in Welling next to the Granada cinema in my new Hepwoths suit..I think it was a gold colour..yuk. Saturday morning ...Read full memory
During the Second World War a land mine fell by parachute in Courtleet Bottom, somewhere near the junction with Rydal Drive, I believe they called in the navy bomb disposable team. I went to Barnehurst School, Mrs Mumford was the head teacher. The sheltered accommodation wasn't built then, it was all overgrown. On the way home from school we had good times playing on the steep path and in the bushes (including kiss, chase, and truth, dare, promise or must!). That path was brilliant for toboggans in the winter. My mate Chris Rainsbury's family was something to do with one of the shops, I also worked as a paper boy in the newsagents and also the other newsagent corner of Merewood Road, Mrs Clark owned it. The car ...Read full memory