Bexleyheath, Broadway c.1955
Memories of Bexleyheath, Broadway c1955
Knickerbocker glories was a real treat!!!!
I also loved going to the Silver Lounge for a lovely Knicker Bocker Glory a real treat. Then we would go and look round Hides which seemed very posh. Does anyone remember the Library, a wooden building that seemed to hold many books, and the pet shop on the next corner to it where you could gaze thru the window at all the animals.
I was born in Hurlingham Road, off The Pantiles during the war. The air raid shelters were still there for many years, and the allotments. School was a walk to Bedonwell Primary, joining others on the way. Weekly trips to Bexleyheath Broadway shopping and I remember there was a tea shop somewhere halfway up where occasionally mum would treat us to iced cakes. The Trolley Buses were also a memory and buses from the Broadway to Dartford Grammar for school. The photos certainly bring back a lot of memories. Now living in Australia, so its a long way away. And a wonderful big oak tree at the 122 bus stop outside Feakes and Richards Estate Agents. Mary Paton
One hot afternoon, Mum, my younger brother & myself were drifting past the Silver Lounge. And it looked bright, clean & refreshing. "Three knickerbocker glories, please." After 4 or 5 dips, kid brother's trumpet-glass turned turtle. "No, you did it yourself!" Crestfallen, poor thing. Mum relented; (what are Mums for?) Sympathetic waitress - table mopped up in a jiffy, a fourth Glory set in place. PS The 1934 facade is in need of a valet, judging by Google View.
I remember Barnehurst and Bexleyheath in the 1960s. I loved a girl called Lin who lived in Rudland Road in Barnehurst. We used to spend lots of Saturday afternoons in the Astor Cinema near to Bexleyheath Clock Tower. The Astor never had the latest films but it was cosy. I remember there were always two features and the first would be an Edgar Wallace thriller in black and white that always started with the Shadows playing ‘Man of Mystery’. I asked her to marry me there whilst watching 'The Glenn Miller Story'. The winter of 1963 was very harsh with deep snow for months on end but the buses always seemed to keep running. We all wore overcoats and mitts every time we went out. Lin ...Read full memory
Reading all the memories of the above, brings back a lot of my own. I lived near Richards Corner on the 122 route, and roamed from the Pantiles to Bexleyheath High Street. Went to school at Bedonwell 1949 to 1954 and then 1954 to 1959 Northumberland Heath (were you there then?) A paper round on and around Rydal Drive, and picking up girls with my mate Andy Bond at the pictures, The Regal, Odeon and Granada. The Knickerbocker Glories at the Silver Lounge, and the Wimpy's were great, nothing like they are now. The 696 used to take me to Dartford to visit my grandparents, my girlfriend Sally in Wattling Street and there are so many more memories that I have. How about the Embassy ballroom with a band on a ...Read full memory