Bexleyheath, The Clock Tower c.1950
Memories of Bexleyheath, the Clock Tower c1950
Other peoples memories are bringing back some of my own. Walking from Bexley to the Regal for Saturday morning movies across the heath. Frog spawn from the river at the mill. Walking to school past the brewery to the little old school towards the Black Prince. Camping with the cubs on gravel hill. The dene hole woods. When the yanks were in Bexley - got any gum chum. About 1949 we moved back to our own home in Gypsy Road, Bexleyheath. Playing in the woods. Danson Park - I still have scars on my foot from paddling in the lake. Sweets coming off ration and queuing up. Haa Mars Bars! Left for New Zealand in the early 1950s, must come back soon for another look for my childhood. Now 74 so will have to make soon.....
Hi folks, just found this site. I lived with my Mum and Dad and brother at 70 Westwood Lane in Welling. Went to Hook Lane school at Welling Corner. I flubbed the eleven plus and went to Westwood Secondary School on Northumberland Ave. I met my wife at a record store on Welling High Street. We used to go to the Court Dance Hall on Saturday nights. My Dad was the Motoring Correspondent for the London Evening News. Spent many days at Danson Park at the pool with my Dad. So many memories. I'm 67 now and live in Tucson Arizona after many years with British Motors in San Francisco. Lots to share but perhaps later.
I met my wife Lorna on Broadway while she was shopping there with a couple of friends in January 1950. Seeing the picture of Broadway brought back many memories. Our first date we went to the cinema near the Clock Tower and saw 'The Captain and Mrs Muir'. We were married in Dartford in December 1953 and sailed for the USA a few days later and have lived here for the past 58 years. She used to live on The Green near Long Lane and went to school Dartford Grammar School for Girls. We used to go to dances at the Crayford Town Hall. I wonder if anyone else as old in the tooth as us remember those days.
I remember growing up here as a child and remembering what a friendly village it was. My dad used to send us to the local butchers who knew us and we'd ask for roast beef for the family. He knew how many of us there were and used to give us a joint and put it on the books for my dad to pay later. We then used to go to the grocers next door who gave us the right veg for the roast on the books too. Then we used to pop in the sweet shop, get my dad's cigs and a couple of penny sweets xx I loved growing up in the little village where everyone knew everyone. I will always have fond memories of this place. I went to school at Bexley Tech for girls and the one where Mr Clutterbuck was the head. When I got older I ...Read full memory
I left Graham Road Secondary School for boys in 1963 ... and played in the foundations of the ABD Cine Bowl ... it seems strange to see Asdas sitting there now ...
Hinds was on the right. I had those reels of self taken photos in a booth taken there.
I went to school in Bexleyheath between 1950 and 1954. I believe the school was in Pelham Road but I can't be sure. Maybe there was a separate infants school in North Street? I remember the excitement of the Coronation in 1953 when we spent a lot of time making flags. I was given a Coronation cup and saucer at school. Sometimes I would come up to the High Street as I joined the cub pack in 1953 which met at the Congregational Church. Looking back on those years now I am in my sixties it seems quite amazing how much freedom we had at such a very young age. I would travel to school unaccompanied on the 401 or the 486 bus (fare one penny!). I can remember shopping with my mother and seeing the trolleybuses by the Clock Tower shown in this view. Happy memories!