Battersea, St John's Hill, The Granada Cinema c.1955
Memories of Battersea, St John's Hill, the Granada Cinema c1955
I remember visiting Aunty Lily at 5 Henning Street. There was also an Aunty Min (Minnie ?). Would have been early 1960's. Cannot remember a surname a or what relation they were. Think Lily may have been Min's daughter. Any ideas welcome.
I was born in Longhedge Street in 1955, my dad was Ernest Burton, we lived there with my nan Mary Burton and my mum who was also Mary. Does anyone remember them?
We used to live in Henning Street in Battersea, we were always in Battersea Park and "the jungle" which was a playpark for teenagers with ropes and pulleys, my brothers had great fun in there whilst my friends and I were always in the funfair. I loved the fountains when they went high into the air and if it was windy would get sprayed! Often used to bunk into the Granada by the side door - very naughty! My life in Battersea was wonderful and really didn't like it when the tower blocks and estates appeared, it seemed to lose its neighbourlyness havn't been back since 1999, maybe one day!
My grandparents lived in Falcon Grove, a few houses up from the Auction Room. At the end of the road on the curve with Este Road was Schoolings Bakery, I think. I would love to see an old photo of this, but alas I don't think there is one.
Does anyone remember the off lience next to the Winstanley Arms pub in Winstanley Rd please? My nan ran it and I was born there. I can remember a bakers/dairy opposite it. My nan moved there during the war and was there up to about 1960. I went back to see the place and was so disappointed to see it all gone and a huge council estate in its place. What is the old house on the corner of Winstanley Rd. I hope someone can remember for me.
Battersea Park, The fun fair, "Bunking" in to the children's zoo. So many memories of part of my childhood - I often think back to those days in the late 50s early 60s. Watching the steam trains at night and wondering where they were going. Latchmere school was my first school in Battersea, then to William Blake secondary modern .
I have very happy memories growing up in Battersea. My very special memories are of me and my friends Jackie Heath and Geoffrey Marshall going to Battersea Park and going into what was called the Jungle back then. We would get dirty and grubby, and we would stay there for hours just messing around and having fun. Also Battersea Fun Fair holds great memories for me, the things we used to get up to whilst we were there. I moved out of Battersea at the age of 13 and was traumatised by it. I cant tell you how much I missed the park, the fun fair and most of all my very special friends. We all kept in touch for the first couple of years and then Geoffrey and I lost touch - I still ring Jackie from time to ...Read full memory
I was born in Church Road, Battersea in1939 and went to Bolingbroke School - 1944 to 1950, then on to Surry Lane. Did not have much in those days, but were very happy times. Swimming in the Thames, looking for old iron on the beach to sell to the rag and bone man, all good fun. Good memories of Battersea, always lots of things to do - building dens on the bomb sites.
I was born in 1951 and lived with my parents Gladys and Bill Thompson at 39 Nansen Road until I married in 1970. The Queen Vic pub was my parents local and I remember the landlord at the time being an Irishman called Pat, who allowed me to sit inside as long as I was well behaved. I also remember clearly a small shop opposite the end of Nansen Road - Cox's - where I would spend my pocket money on sweets each weekend. I went to school at Wix Lane Infant and Junior School and then Marianne Thornton Comp. School. I was married at St. Barnabus Church facing Clapham Common in 1970 and moved to Kent a few years later. I revisited Battersea about 18 years ago but hardly recognised it as it had changed so much, but ...Read full memory
Guessing around 1069, I'd been about 10 then. I have many memories of going to Saturday morning cinema with my sister, and I remember my dad telling me of having similar memories. I lived at the top of St John's Hill, just before the town hall, so it was a fair old walk. I remained in Battersea/Clapham until 1985.
I was born in Battersea in 1939. We lived at various addesses. There were five of us. I was the youngest and my eldest brother Charles was born in 1930 in Victoria Dwellings. I went to William Blake Secondary Modern School. Our last address before I got married and moved out of London was 89 Surrey Lane. I remember my mother saying as a girl her mother used to walk passed the house that had a grid down to a cellar. I checked the census and found in Victorian times our house along the house next door were mens lodging houses. Outisde our backdoor there were steps that led down to a very large cellar, there was a big step up to get inside which had a large cooking range. I remember there were rings in the ...Read full memory
I lived in Auckland Road, Battersea Rise. My late mum was an usherette in the Granada. I used to go every Saturday morning to the cinema. My late dad had a request played on the organ for his birthday, 'The Sabre Dance'. He was so embarrased, bless him.
Battersea is so different today. My dad was born in Battersea in 1922, Earnest Edward Lovett.
We lived in 'The Queen Victoria' pub on the corner of Falcon Road and Ingrave Street. I attended Falcon Brook School. Very near to the school was a little sweet shop where you could buy penny sweets, penny halfpenny lollies, teddy bear lollies for 3d and 6d could buy a jubbly or jungle juice that were huge! Gartons Glucose Factory let out a very nasty smell and my Mum would buy all her candles from Prices. Does anyone remember Schoolings the bakers on Este Road? I was sent their every Saturday morning (before going to the Granada for Saturday morning pics) to buy bread and buns. The bread was always hot and smelt soo... delicious that it was half eaten by the time I got it home, and I was always sent back to get ...Read full memory
I was born in the flats at Stewarts Lane by the dogs' home in 1950. My mum was born in Tidemore Street and my grandad in Curry Street, Nine Elms in 1897. My dad was born in Livingstone Road, the other end of Battersea, and also lived in Maysoule Road. My mum and dad met whilst queing outside the Granada in 1945. Although I wasn't a 'Grenadier' at this one, I went every Saturday morning to the Granada at Wandsworth Rroad. As a teenager the junction Granada was my local, my friend who lived in Usk Road and I probably saw every film they showed between 1965 and 1970. Does anyone remember the miserable old chap who was the usher who used to shine his torch straight into people's faces? He threw us out one time ...Read full memory
I have fond memories of the "British Granadiers" on Saturday mornings at the Granada, great fun. I also remember later on a Sunday, as a teenager, going to the Granada with my mates. We jostled for what we thought to be the best seat in the house. This seat was in the front row of the balcony, and had a plaque noting that the Duchess of Kent had sat there during the opening in 1937. All pretty harmless by today's standards. In 1948 I attended Wix's Lane school and lived in Marmion Road. Later I went to Emanuel School and lived in Vardens Road. I'm now a retired engineer living in Houston, Texas.
This is where I first went to the pictures with a friend. We saw The Beatles film 'Help'.