When I speak about the Shah of Persias visit to Makepiece Road in the early 60s, people dismiss it as another bit of nostalgic claptrap. I was however watching his visit from my bedroom window at 33 Makepiece Rd., as he and his dignitaries spent some time at the house opposite. Having moved from the backstreets of Edmonton, ...Read full memory
Kiddies Corner was great but my favourite treat was a trip to 'The Imp' coffee bar - coloured light panels in the ceiling and an Expresso machine making all the noises ! My mum worked at the Co-op and on Saturdays I would spend a lot of time there - I knew most of the staff and can now safely reveal I think that the jolly Santa in ...Read full memory
Truly a wonderful pub when managed by Gerald and Edith Leader, before they moved to the Blue Lion on Broad Lane.
We moved to Easthampstead in 1962 and moved away in 1968. Bracknell town did have the Crossways but I do remember the rest of the town which was still beautiful and old. When we returned in 1969 I was horrified as an 11 year old to see just how the old town had been torn down. I went to Fox Hills infant and junior ...Read full memory
The Old manor had a legend that highwayman Dick Turpin made an escape by taking the cellar tunnel under Church Road to the Hind's Head (the white building). At Sandy Lane Infants School, my friend Andrew Balfour lived in the Old Manor. He showed me the secret tunnel. Its reputation was more ...Read full memory
My family moved to Bracknell in 1961 from Lancashire. I can remember some of the shops in Crossway. At the top end by the High Street was a toyshop, next door was a gents clothes shop nearly opposite that was Miller Morris and Brooker a hardware shop and them the coffee bar, the other shops I cant recall. We used to go to ...Read full memory
From the newsagents (I believe the name was Crisps, maybe) I delivered morning newspapers on my little scooter - ha!ha! And I saved enough money to buy my first bike at 11. Needed it to get to secondary school.
Chour Master was a Mr Faulkner, he had a great influence on me during my time in the church choir. He had a Morris Minor FRX83, green, I have never forgotten it. He used to pick me up for practice every week, and insisted that our cassock/surplice was always smart. To the right of the gates was where all new members got ...Read full memory
Hi Peter, I remember the Thompkins was it the baker or was that the Cheneys? Joe Smith was the newsagent who used to treat the kids to a summer outing by train every summer. We used to get a new florin and a bag of goodies and had a great day out in Bognor. We lived in Old Bracknell Farm, my mum and dad ...Read full memory
The newsagent was called l.B.Corne and Mr Corne doubled as Father Christmas at Meadowvale School when I was a youngster. His relatives also managed the post office based in the shop. My late mother attended the opening of the shop in the '50's and came back with balloons and paper hats for me and my brothers. A lovely ...Read full memory
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