Silver Lounge

A Memory of Bexleyheath

The Silver Lounge makes me remember summer holidays when my mum was working in Collins Cleaners near the traffic lights at Gravel Hill, and I was looked after by my elder brothers and sister. My sister and I would meet Mum outside the Silver Lounge in her lunch break and then we would be treated to spaghetti on toast and an ice-cream. The diner was all chrome and an American theme with knickerbocker glories. Mum would then go back to work and we would then go to the playground over the road before going home to Cuxton Close. I can remember shopping in the Co-op with my mum doing the weekly shop, there was eight of us at home, and walking all the way home. Does anyone remember the Candy Box sweet shop further down the High Street near the library and the Salvation Army hall? I went to Guides there and had a wonderful time. Further along the road where the Sally Army hall was there was a grocers shop that we used to call Dirty Dick's for obvious reasons. Danson Park was another favourite place, and the open air swimming pool that was always packed in the summer. Also I remember getting rowing boats out on the lake. Bexleyheath was a super place to grow up in as there was always loads to do in the summer. Does anyone remember Woodside near the Rochester Way? And the Royal Oak pub? Though we used to call it the 'Polly clean stairs'. I had my wedding reception there. Bexleyheath Secondary Modern School for Girls was where I went and Miss Briddon was headmistress. I have lived in the West Midlands for over 30 years now and on the few occasions I have returned to Kent I have only been to Bexleyheath about twice, and I got lost, the Broadway was not like I remembered and I felt sad. Christ Church was the same but nothing else.

A memory shared by Annette Benefield , on Oct 21st, 2009.

Comments & feedback

Tue Feb 24th 2015, at 11:56 pm

susankerridge commented:

Miss Briddon was my headmistress too!! I lived in Erith Road, just by Chieveley Road. There was a sweet shop just down the road, not sure if that is the one yiu are talking about. I got ran over outside there and got a compound fracture of the leg!!! I remember the cleaners. My father worked in the shop on the corner of Gravel Hill and Watling Street, it was a builders shop, Haywards Builders. A lot of fun memories.

Thu Apr 23rd 2015, at 5:04 am

Paul Beresford commented:

I remember The Silver Lounge. I was born in 1944 and lived at 12 Rowan Road. The Silver Lounge was a favourite place to get a cone from the street window and occasionally I was treated to a banana split or Knickerbocker glory inside. I am writing my life story for my kids and grandkids and found this site when trying to remember the correct name, I kept thinking of Silver Dollar so thanks. I also remember fondly the fish and chip shop on the other corner.
I sure do remember the Royal Oak Pub. My uncle had a roadside café at Ruxley Corner and we used to stop off at the pub.
I used to go to Sea Cadets which would be about behind the Silver Lounge. I used to attend The Salvation Army and went to the weekly club there. I attended Pelham Road and Graham Road schools up until 1960 when I joined the merchant navy and two years later jumped ship in Australia. Sadly I never returned and was absent for my mother and fathers passing. So if anyone can remember me, please write.
I hear you say that it has all changed but would love to find someone who was there in my time and remembers some of the spots like The Crooked Log pub, Danson Park (The name of my property in Tasmania) The “Bug House” the Odeon The library and so on. It is great to “walk my mind” around the streets where I grew up.
I now live in Tasmania and you can see what I am up to on my home website www.dansonpark.com. Post me a comment…

Thanks Paul Beresford

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