My memories of my childhood in Belvedere are so precious. I was born in 1968, and my parents bought a house together with my paternal grandparents in Nuxley Road, number 86. The house is a big Victorian derached house between Narnfield Road and the car park. The house has sooo many fond memories for me, I have tears in my eyes as I write. We had the downstairs of the house and Nan and Grandad had upstairs, almost like two flats. My sister and I shared the front room with the bay window, and we used to talk all night. The garden was huge, or seemed it at the time, and I remember watching my dad and grandad build a shed when I was 3 years old, this shed still stands in the garden, exactly as in 1971. We used to go to Lessness Heath Primary School on Erith Road. I re-live the walk often in my mind and only wish I could remember a bit more detail of the shops. I remember Derrets and the Wallis supermarket, then I think it was Nuxley toys, a dry cleaners and a bakers, then the gap, the Co-op then a china shop next to the Baptist Church where we went to Sunday School. I fondly remember the vicar, Mr Ross, and his daughters, Catherine and Judith. On the other side, I know there was a solicitors, an estate agents, a Ladybird children's shop, a bakers, a charity shop, and George's sweet shop. Then there was Mitchels Carpets (their daughter Rose was a school friend), then another shop?Then Lloyds Bank, the Gwendalines women's clothes, Allens sweet shop, the jewellers then Challanges, a fancy furniture shop. Can anyone hep fill in the gaps, and carry on up the road? I will come back one day for good, I have been saving hard for years. My parents moved us to Ramsgate in 1979, and life took a nose dive ever since. Belvedere is aother word for paradise to me. I visit often,and still feel the same every time.
Wish me luck, kindest regards and happy returns to you all,
A memory shared byon Feb 23rd, 2011.
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