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

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

Abc Regent Cinema

In the autumn of 1967, at the age of 14, my friends and I each lit a cigarette, raised ourselves to our full height, summoned up our gruffest voices, and walked up to the kiosk in the ABC to proffer our cash to gain entry to our first ever X-film (entry for 18 and over only). The film was the Dirty Dozen, and, somehow or ...Read full memory

A memory of Beckenham by Peter Leach

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