A Memory of Barnehurst

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?

A memory shared by Julius Bannister , on Nov 11th, 2012.

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