Beckenham, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Beckenham and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Elm Road Baptist Church

I was married to my long standing girl friend Brenda at Elm Road, Baptist Chapel in September 1968. We had first met six years earlier at the Regal dance hall in Beckenham and after our marriage, lived in Anerley Park, Penge for eleven years before we moving to Sidcup. I retired in 2004 and we moved to Bournemouth. ...Read full memory

The Prompt

My mum worked at the Prompt Corner Coffee Bar for many years and my sister and I used to go in for our tea most days. We knew many of the regulars, but as I was pretty young most of the names escape me now. Mum also worked as an usherette at the Regal, and we went to the cinema regularly. She also worked in the ...Read full memory

Remembering The High Street As A Young Child

I remember going into the Prompt Cafe with my parents along the High Street. As a young child, I can recall seeing loads of little mats or coasters on the wall. Yes, I also remember the strong smell of the roasted coffee beans. Every Friday in the 1960s my parents had lunch in the Regal, now ...Read full memory