Beddington, The Grange c.1950
Memories of Beddington, the Grange c1950
My mom had the sweet shop on Croydon Road at Wallington Green. The fire alarm was sounded by Ken on his way home in the early hours after finishing his night shift. This was told to us, by Ken, at Mom’s sweet shop next day. Ken lived over the fish shop over the road from the Dukes Head. I went to see the damage with my girl friend Yvonne. The building was pretty much destroyed, although I managed to to remove a bronze window latch before being told by a fireman to move away from what was still smouldering in the basement of the Grange. I had the window latch for many years after. I’m not sure where the latch went in the end or my first love Yvonne?
I too remember the fire and going to see the ruins the day after. I had previously gone there fairly regularly for speech therapy while I was at Holy Trinity Primary School. I vaguely remember the rather ornate internal wooden panelling. At the time of the fire I believe the building also housed a dental office, and the gas cylinders periodically exploded during the fire, as I remember it. We could see the glow in the sky from my bedroom window - we lived on Queenswood Avenue.
It was my 10th birthday in 1963 and my aunt failed to turn up for my party. There had been a dreadful fire that evening which destroyed the Grange. I remember as a child going to the grange to see the fish and feed the ducks in the pond there. It looked so big to me then, but probably wasn't, everything is big when you are a child. I cried when we went to see the ruins a few days later, and although it has been rebuilt now, it will never have the same hold on me as it did until the night of January 10th 1963
Memories of Beddington
I well remember the rowing boats on the lake in Beddington Park. One end of the lake seemed quite dark and sinister, whilst the other was open and safe. I remember creaky oar locks and wooden hulls, and being called in when your time was up. Beddington Park was a large part of my childhood ...Read full memory
Another great photo for memories of Beddington Park and the Grange. There was a boat house and some paddle boats by the wooden bridge. Ron Shelley
Wonderful memories this photo brings back. In the 1950's after school we would take girls out in the boats...then eat ice cream with soft drinks from the Grange cafe. Beddinton Park and the Grange were the best of times for young romance in the summer. Ron Shelley
I used to walk to and from school up the path on the right. It has hardly changed even to this day.