Memories of Barnes
Barnes was the place no matter what year I grew up there from 1951 born in Cleveland rd, I remember the pond freezing over and walking to the Island slipping and sliding on the ice...floating my boat.. with my dad..feeding the ducks on a sunny warm day...most of the lovely trees have gone, the Island has changed its not wild ...Read full memory
We moved to Glebe Road in 1952 (Cousland) and it was a wonderful place for children. We had a back gate opening on to the common and made full use of it. The grass was cut every year and baled for hay and we used to rush out and build houses from the bales. Every Friday we were allowed to buy 2ozs of sweets from Mr ...Read full memory
I was 3 when we moved to barnes, I remember distinctly as if it were yesterday going down to the High Street with my mum when I was about 6 or 7 especially going to the 2 toy shops that used to be there, one was called the Spinning Wheel on the left hand side of the high street and the other my mum used to call the GI Bride shop on the right hand side of the high street which was full of wonderful things to buy, magic painting books, doll clothes and a little lending library absolutely magical, more like a treasure trove of the past which I am so sorry does no longer exist, how sad. What magical times they were for us children in the 1950's and 1960's. I feel somewhat sorry for the children today that they missed out on so much magic, and only have computers.
In 1950 my mother ,Jean cairns, traveled to England to have her first baby, me. She was unmarried at that time. It wasn't until 2011 that I found where 4 grasmere court was. This was the maisonette that we lived in after my birth in kingston hill hospital. We lived there ,as far as I know, until the ...Read full memory