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 wall of the cellar. When it was high tide and rained the cellar got flooded and the fire brigade had to be called out to pump it out. As a child I used to play with my friends by the river Thames around near St Marys Church. There used to be an old pub called the Swan that I understood got burnt down. I now live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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