During the 40's and 50's my life revolved around Bedford Road and surrounding area..roads like; Harnage Rd, George Rd, Pottery Rd, North Rd, Distillery Rd ,Netley Rd and Greet Rd. All these are sadly gone along with the Gas Works where on Saturday mornings I used to take a pram to get sacks of coke before going to the Morning Pictures at the ABC Forum at Ealing. Another place on a Saturday was Chiswick Empire...who can forget "Nudes in the Lions cage"! Sometimes we would have enough money for a meal in Pinks Pie and Mash shop in Brentford High Street or fish and chips from the shop opposite the Pottery Arms pub..I think the people there might have been called Trodd..or it may have been Todd. The Pottery Arms was run by two sisters..Wyn and Sis Coates and someone called Harry Mathison..I think he also at one time had the greengrocers shop on the corner of Harnage Rd. These were the days when hardly anyone locked their doors..well after the war most families were in the same boat and had very little to steal..most of the clothes I wore came from 'jumble sales' and never thought anything about it...Thats the way things were and it was just accepted. Money was hard to come by and we mostly walked to wherever we wanted to be..but we were happy.We played out a lot..in the streets or in one of the many parks that were nearby..Carville Hall,Gunnersbury or Boston Manor.
Many times we would play football matches in Carville Hall with the park keeper (Bill Gould) waiting for us to finish so that he could lock the gates...he was always anxious to get over to the Pottery Arms! And if we wanted to watch The Bees play at Griffin Park, we would wait till just after half time when the gates were opened and we could get in for free. Yes,really happy days and now are just distant memories.
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