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Borehamwood Shops

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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This picture is of the shops in Leeming Road and not the main shopping centre in Borehamwood, fondly known as the village. Leeming Road shops are in fact about a mile away from the main town. I would love to see any photos of the "village" if anyone has any.

Borehamwood, The Village

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I was born at 4 Glenhaven Avenue in November of 1945 to Matthew Murray and Elizabeth (Beth) Murray, My sister Jill having been born in Radlet in 1944. I remember that the walls were brown in the house so I gave it the name of the 'dirty house'. After the war, council houses were being built to take care of displaced Londoners. My folks got one of the council houses, 23 Caishowe Road. We must have moved to this house about 1947. My sister Lindsey was born in this new home in 1950. We all went to Cowley Hill Primary school which was on Winstre Road. We took a short cut on a foot path from Caishowe Road to the back side of the school. Borehamwood was a wonderful quiet place to grow up. We didn't realize that we lived so close to London. Borehamwood was part of the green belt, so we felt like we lived in the middle of farm country. Even the movie studios had sheep on their... Read more

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I moved to Boreham Wood when I was six weeks old in 1952 and lived there until 1977, spending my whole childhood there and my teens and early 20s. My parents moved from there in 1984 along with other family members so I have not been back there since. My memories of Leeming Road shops are quite clear as we lived in Theobald Street near Aycliffe Road and my mum used to send me often to the shops which actually spilled out into Aycliffe Road. Firstly there was a Post Office in Aycliffe Road on the corner of Baldock Way, next to that a clothes shop, then Eros the jellewellers (owned by Mr Rosenberg) the Bidmeads the pet shop. Round the corner in Leeming Road was Lamberts the shoe shop, then Gands hardware shop, then a dry cleaners, then Mansbridge's toy shop (Mr Mansbridge walked with a limp as I recall), then was a ladies hairdressers, next to that Kershaw & Creaseys off licence, then the Redifusion Television hire... Read more

Leeming Road Shops Page 2

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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Further to my list of shops which cut off after Kershaw & Creaseys Off Licence, the next shops on that side of the road were George Wilkie's, bookmakers, followed by a butchers first called Atwells and then in the late 1960s George's which was a family run business. Next to that was a greengrocers that changed owners quite often and next to them was a sweet shop called Mayfair. Crossing the road to the Green Dragon side, first was a dentist called Fasht & Rabin, next to them was a chemist run by a Mr Ghan, next to that was a hardware shop called Holts, then came a barbers/ladies hairdressers called My Fair Lady, next to them was a bakers and next to them a sweet shop called Josephines, next to them was a ladies clothes shop called Macys, then came a mini supermarket called Pearks and next to them was a double fronted shop another supermarket owned by the Co op and next to them was a Co op... Read more

Leeming Road/Aycliffe Road

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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After the Co op supermarket in Leeming Road was a chemist also owned by the Co op, if you then turned right you came into Aycliffe Road where there were more shops, first was a bakers called Emerys, then a greengrocers called E Baggs. Next was a mini supermarket called Centra (run by Redge & Molly Blanchard and their son Steven) next to them was Gaskells butchers and finally a fish and chip shop, then it was Torworth Road that gave a rear access to all these shops for deliveries etc.

The Lynx Youth Club

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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Is there anybody out there who remembers The Lynx in Maxwell Road? I remember seeing Rod Stewart, The Yardbirds, Georgie Fame and The Who there in 1964/1965. The youth leader was Maurice Barnett, we used to give him a terrible time but it was a good time.

I Remember The 1960s

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I lived in Borehamwood since the 1950s, I remember the Lynx very well before the dance hall was added, I have some pictures taken inside. Some great groups performed there. Morris took over from Pythe as the youth leader. I remember painting flowers on some of the girls cheeks in the hippy era. Before the large hall was built we had great nights in the small one with a juke box and the coffee bar. When I saw the Status Quo, Small Faces and the Kinks, I remember we all looked like them and the girls' fashion was fantastic. My first mohair suit cost £14, tailor-made full-length leather £15 and Levi's £1.52p {35 shillings) and my GS 160 Vespa £84. I have some footage of me riding it as my dad had a cine camera ...great times. I have many pictures of old and recent Borehamwood as I like taking photos, so much easier in the digital age. I was in the fire sevice based at Borehamwood for nearly 30... Read more

A Year in Borehamwood 1977/78

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I spent a year in Borehamwood in 1977/78. I was a french student and I worked in Hillside School & Campions Middle School as a french assistant. I loved Borehamwood; made lots of friends: Steve Tann/Steve Anderson/Brian Catchpole/ Debbie Tolmia/ Les Wheeler and lots of others. Every Thursday was The Associates night where we used to listen to music , have parties etc... was all brilliant! Unfortunately I lost touch with everyone. I lived above the veg shop for a while. We used to go to the Red Lion pub. Great memories...

Lunchtime Bopping in Leeming Road.

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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Does anybody remember the radio shop which also sold records and record players? They used to play the modern hits over a loudspeaker in the doorway and it wasn't long before pupils from Lyndhurst school (me amongst them), used to gather at lunchtime on the pavement outside the shop to bop the hour away - much to the annoyance of Mr Fennell, the headmaster. It became quite a daily feature until eventually a TV crew turned up to film it. Finally the shop was persuaded to silence the music and Leeming Road's moment in history was over.

Good Ole Days!

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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My first school on moving from South London to 124, Brook Road was High Cannons at Well End. Then to Lyndhurst, a few teachers from memory : Tony Smith, Mr Thurston, Mr Fennel and who could forget Wendy Watford & her magnificent cleavage! Miss Ratcliffe, Mr Pam, Mr Grieson-Hill, Mr Gandy and the teacher who had the most effect on a lot of pupils lives was Mr Ladds (Form E4 & E5) - he was our form teacher & mentor. He now lives in Suffolk after moving from Radlet, where he & his wife lived for 30 yrs +. We are still in contact, he has just has his 92nd birthday. I have his permission to list his phone number & address here, he would really appreciate contact from his pupils. He already get letters & cards from all over the world! I am in Australia. Mr Ladds phone : UK 44 1986875038. Address 23, Barley Meadow, Halesworth, East Suffolk, UK IP 19 A few of my class mates were, Stuart... Read more

High Cannons School.

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I came from Lowestoft in Suffolk to live with an aunt and uncle in Glenhaven Ave, while my mother was ill. I remember being taken by coach with my sister Jacky to High Cannons. We were not happy at first. It was very different to our small school in Lowestoft. We soon settled and have happy memories. I also have memories of the shopping centre, Woolworths in particular, where we could spend our pocket money. Just before the shopping centre was a sweet shop called Hansons, my aunt cleaned here. We returned home but I later came to Watford where I did my nurse training. Again I spent a lot of my off duty time in Glenhaven Ave. I am now retired, but often think of the happy times spent in Boreham Wood.

Building Leeming Road Shops,

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I can remember moving to Sinderby Close to a brand new house from Waterloo. Only shops were then Rossington Avenue. As kids we watched Leeming Road shops being built. I now live in Hersham but often go back to the wood to see my brother and sister. How the town has changed. My close friends them days were Gordon Sharp, Terry Perkins, Tommy Walker, Ian Walker, Alan (ginger) Reynolds, Frank Campbell and Jack Lovesay who I understand sadly passed. Be nice to hear from old locals on the site.

Life in Lemsford Court

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I was born at my parent's house at 33 Lemsford Court in 1956. I've heard that the house was demolished quite some time ago because of a structural problem and rebuilt. Maybe the problem was caused by the roots from the huge oak tree in the front garden. People came from all over to try to climb that tree but I can't remember anyone managing it. I attended school at Monksmead and Summerswood, then further afield at Watford Technical High in Bushey. School holidays and weekends were spent playing football or cricket with my best mate Stuart on `the green' in Lemsford Ct. When the green was too wet, we played football or tennis on the road. There weren't too many cars around in those days to worry about. Mind you, there was still some danger involved. I broke my arm one day on the hard surface while playing football. I still remember how much it hurt! When I was 13 I moved with my parents to Australia. I've been... Read more

A Memory of Time in Borehamwood

Leeming Road Shopping Parade c1965, Borehamwood
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I was born at Stilton Path Borehamwood in 1957, went to Greenacres Infants, Parkside Junior and Campions Secondary Modern School, and after attending a Secretarial course at Borehamwood College I worked at the local film studios as a temp in the script typing section for documentaries as well as Sky Petroleum, and the Council, moved to Theobald Street where I lived until I got married and then moved away from the area - I remember a childhood playing in the fields across the road at Stilton Path (a housing estate now I believe), there was a green outside the house with four big oak trees, we knew just about all the neighbours, played and grew up with many friends and had some great parties! Alas I have lost touch with many of them as we all went our separate ways and Borehamwood is unrecognisable to me now - we used to call the town the Village and saw many celebs walking down the high street, my sisters also worked at... Read more

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The Beatles

Theobald Street c1955, Borehamwood
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I remember when The Beatles came to The Wood in 1963 to record the Morecambe & Wise show at the ATV Studios off Eldon Avenue. Me & a couple of mates from school (Holmshill) played truant to wait at the back of Studio Gates off Shenley Road to try and catch a glimpse. After waiting a few hours it got to lunch time so we wandered up to Shenley Road for a bite, and there was John & Paul just walking along by Woolies! I had a copy of the current Beatles Monthly magazine and got them both to sign the cover. Guess what, some years later I must have binned it with the rest of the collection - what would that be worth now! What a dope. But an amazing experience talking to them. Was well worth the trouble I got into at school the next day, Mr Heaton the Head was not impressed one bit.

The War Memorial.

Theobald Street c1955, Borehamwood
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Just a few years after this photograph was taken they moved the war memorial to the junction of Theobald Street and Shenley Road; almost to the spot where this photographer was standing. I was a cub scout with our meeting room in Station Road opposite, and spent many an evening kicking the gravel around the memorial. For some unknown reason my grandmother always refered to 'Tibble Street'.

Sunday School in A Contractors Hut.

St Michael's Church c1965, Borehamwood
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In 1953 my father worked as a builder contractor and was persuaded to allow the new vicar, the Rev .Lawrence, to hold Sunday school in a temporary bricklayer's hut. So every Sunday we picked our reluctant way through the mud and scaffolding to spend an hour listening to stories. Eventually, St. Michaels and All Angels was built and I remember standing in my scout's uniform waving a union jack when it was opened by Princess Margaret.

The Schools on Fire !!!

My father was demobbed in 1946 and soon we moved from Grandma's house in Elstree to a brand new prefab in Eldon Avenue. It was the spring of 1947, one of the coldest on record with deep snow into March. Borehamwwod was still just a village but building sites were starting up everywhere. The only infants school was in Furzehill so every morning and evening my mother and I trudged the mile or so whatever the weather. The school was from the victorian era with tiny windows high in the wall, outside toilets, and the ever present smell of fresh paint on hot radiators. It was teatime when father rushed home and quickly sat me on the little child seat of his bicycle, and off we peddled in a hurry. Arriving in Furzehill we were confronted with the site of the school blazing from end to end. We watched till late in the evening, well at least I wouldn't have to get up early next morning. After some weeks the local authorities... Read more

1948 to 1965

Theobald Street c1955, Borehamwood
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My name is Margaret Saunders. I was born at 3 Theobald Street, but at sometime we moved to 18a Theobald Street. I went to Furzehill Infant and Junior schools, then on to Lyndhurst. We lived over the shop that was the stationers, owned by Mr & Mrs Feeley; next door to that was Tompkins the butchers and then Freestones, the bakers. On the other side of the stationers, was a grocers and the hairdressers. At the back of the shops were small gardens and garages, the bakery and the butchers cold store. Just across the road was the garage, the lane between them, and a white building which was the storage area for the stationers, and where my dad parked his car which lead to the butcher's poultry yard. After the bakers there were cottages set back from the road and I am sure Mr Tompkins lived in one of them with his parents! Going on up that side of the road were open fields where the fair used to... Read more

Youth

Theobald Street c1955, Borehamwood
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I was born in Cardinal Avenue before my village changed completely, I went to the nursery which was 2 big buildings opposite Cardinal Avenue in a piece of scrub land, behind that was the park and library and behind that was the Rock film studio which now presents 'East Enders'. There were 2 other film studios, one was the MGM where 'Cleopatra' (with Liz Taylor & Burton) was made plus many other good films of the day, it stood where the cold storage is now in the Elstree Way, the other one was where Tesco's is, it was first called the ABPC (Associated British Picture Corporation), this was where the legendery 'Moby Dick' with Gregory Peck as lead star and later the 'Saint' series for T.V.with Roger Moore was made, again many great pictures were made there. The picture house, known by us as 'the flicks', showed an A film and a B film Monday to Wednesday then 2 others Thursday to Saturday and a different one on Sunday, it also... Read more

My Street 1959 to 1977

Theobald Street c1955, Borehamwood
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I lived in Theobald Street (no 194) from the age of 7 in 1959 until 1977, and my parents lived there further until 1984. I often used to walk from the Village (as we called the town centre) home at the top on the right was a pub called the Crown and next door to that another pub called the Wellington. On the opposite side of the road was a barbers shop called H Battle and next to that a coal yard which was called Ranges this was later taken over by Charringtons. Further down about 100 yards was a dairy and then after that was just houses on both sides for about a mile. After that they thinned out for about another mile and a half and then you were in Radlett.

Lyndhurst School Gateshead Road

Gateshead Road c1965, Borehamwood
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Further to my other page (this one seems have been lost) in 1963 to 1968 the
head master was Mr Allen and his deputy was Mr Thursting. English was taught bt
Mr Conway, Mr Farmer, Miss Wadlow and Miss Fallowell. Maths was taught by Mr Gillon,
Mrs Page and Mrs Burr. Geography by Mr Taylor and Miss Frith, History by Mr Pam
and Mr Goodman

Lyndhurst School, Gateshead Road

Gateshead Road c1965, Borehamwood
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Science Mr Charles, Mr McGrath. Rural Science Mr Wilson, Mr Baker, Mr Anglesey. Art Miss Nunn. Woodwork Mr Hucker, Metalwork Mr Ladds, Technical Drawing Mr Thomas. Religious Knowledge Mr Clayton, Miss Edwards. PE Mr Smith, Mr Wooster. Music Mr James, Miss Finch. Pottery Mr Higgins, Mr Meaton. Typewriting/Shorthand/Commerce Mr Grierson-Hill, Mirs Hamilton, Miss Wilkins. Needlework Mrs Lowe (Bellion) Miss Hughes. Drama Mr Holt, Mrs Vane. There was also a Miss Jackman and Miss Macdonald that taught other subjects.

Lyndhurst School

Well, about 1959 ish! The headmaster was Mr Fennel, teachers Mr Anderson, Mr Philips and Mr Ladds, air force moustache and all! who was my class teacher. Classmates Bernard Dunden Dave Catt. PE teacher taught nothing but basket ball, I hated it and him!! Lived at 128, Brook Road, Boreham Wood with Mum and sister Margaret. Got an apprenticeship as an instrument maker at Thomas Mercer in St Albans. Cycled there every day!

Growing up

I was actually born in Borehamwood in the family house in Kimbolton Green. As I grew up I went to Monksmead, Summerhill then Hillside School. I remember playing up the oak trees, which are now flats, near the Bull and Tiger and also scratch woods. It was a lovely place to grow up in and felt like the country. It's changed so much but then again I am 53!!

The Village

I moved to Borehamwood from Acton, North West London, when I was three years old. I spent my childhood there, scrumping in neighbours gardens, getting the greenline bus into London for trips to Selfridges at Christmas, to London Zoo and the Natural History Museum. Summer holidays - which seemed to last for months and were always sunny - were spent building camps at Scratch Woods and playing rounders in Melrose Avenue. We would only have to move once or twice a day for passing cars. Its probably impossible to play any kind of street games nowadays at risk of getting run over by a four by four. When we moved to Borehamwood from London my mum thought the shops were miles away - I remember her saying she turned back on her first trip down Furzehill Road as she couldn't believe there weren't shops within a few paces. The shops were called 'The Village'. There was an old fashioned Sainsburys with a tiled floor... Read more

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