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.

Starting At The Grammar School

I passed my scholarship exams and when I was nearly 11, I started at the Beckenham County Grammar School as it was then called, in Copers Cope road. However as there were too many of us the first years classes were held at the Cricket Pavilion in Cater park? I lived just inside the 5 mile limit from The School ...Read full memory

A memory of Beckenham by Pat Roberts

The Ducks! The Ducks!

from the time after 1945 regularly on Sunday afternoons the suggestion was for us to go to Kelsey park and feed the Ducks! It was / is a large well planted park to walk around and get lost. Over the years visiting my parents, my children and my grandchildren have been taken there to feed the ducks Pat ( nee FINN)

A memory of Beckenham by Pat Roberts

Crystal Palace

I was born in Palace Road in 1940. I remember the bombing and in particular sitting on the steps watching a doodlebug fly over. The area was eventually evacuated and we, with others, were sent to Wimslow, near Manchester. On returning to London we were housed in St. Hughs Road, Anerley. I stayed there until I was 19 and ...Read full memory

A memory of Beckenham by David Lee