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.

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Beckenham by David Lee

Patient And Later Staff Nurse At The Old Cottage Hospital

In the late 1940s as a child I used to play in the park along side the hospital and remember very young cutting my foot in the paddling pool. A child who was playing with me ( we had no ...Read full memory

A memory of Beckenham by Pat Roberts

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 ...Read full memory