From the end of WWII until Sept 1957, my parents rented rooms in one of the houses in Banbury St that still stands. I was five when we moved to Surrey but have vivid memories of the house. I remember the coal-hole in the semi-basement filled from the pavement outside up the area steps. There was a toilet next to it, but no bathroom. Before I was born, the family used a tin-bath in our upstairs kitchen, but in my time, there was a partly plumbed-in bath in the kitchen in the semi-basement which the elderly lady who lived down there let us use on a Friday night. I also have memories of Battersea Park, Clapham Junction and of buying plastic farm animals, I believe, in Jon Jax shop.
I now want to write a novel based on my childhood memories of Battersea and with Banbury St as the core, and wonder if anyone would like to help with my research. Do you remember what the houses looked like on the other side of Banbury Street that were demolished in 1970s, or even better, did anyone live in them who could describe what they were like inside? I'd also love to know what it was like to work at Price's Candle factory 1930s-50s. I know it was so huge it had its own internal railway, made loads of other things apart from candles such as soap and lubricating oil, and gave out clouds of black smoke, but I'm really interested in working conditions. Another memory I have is of a very creepy approach to Clapham Junction station that involved walking past a row of railway arches used for storage, etc. I assume they must still be there, but can anyone tell me exactly where they are, please? If you have any information, I'd be really grateful. Very many thanks, I'm really excited about this!
A memory shared byon Mar 26th, 2014.
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