A Wonderful Childhood In Brixton

A Memory of Brixton

I remember it so well, being told we were moving to a house in Sudbourne Road, Brixton. I was nearly six years old and moved into a very old and neglected Victorian House at no 23, Sudbourne Road, with my mum, dad,sister. It was a beautiful house,with lovely original features. The house backed onto the Timber Yard, in Acre Lane and we had our very own garden. I went to Sudbourne Road, junior school then onto Loughborough Road Senior, which then moved to Stockwell Manor. Growing up in Brixton was a very happy time, playing in the street with all the children, going to the roller skating rink, the cinema, the library, Brockwell Park Lido and as Ingot older the Locarno, at Streatham. I worked in Brixton Market from the age of 12/13 and loved the different cultures and foods, the reggae music blasting out in the market place. My name then was Annette Sharp. I left Brixton when I was 17, and now live in West Australia, but will never forget my childhood memories and friends.

A memory shared by Annette Healy , on Mar 7th, 2014.

Comments & feedback

Sun Jul 13th 2014, at 11:51 pm

hrcproud commented:

hi, good old days love. rob.

Fri Jul 18th 2014, at 4:43 pm

Madeline Lindsay commented:

Hello. I remember all those things you mentioned. I also went to sudbourne school. I lived In trent road water lane there was a church on the corner. I used to go to Saturday morning pictures, lido, roller skating, Brockwell park. I loved going to brixton market with my lovely Nan. Also loved going to the lacano dancing on a Saturday morning then when I got older Monday nights. Oh so many happy days you have reminded me of so much.and yes playing in the street till he got dark.

Sun Sep 14th 2014, at 10:00 am

stevefullmandontbovverme commented:

Hey my name is Steve Fullman just found this site remember all them things went to sudborne school born 1954 mr hill was head master then went to Aristotle school lived in brighton terrace near the old empress building with a big lighted star on the top used to work in Brixton market at john best butchers as a Saturday boy and did paper round for mrs McCarthy paper shop in acre lane but strange thing got married when I was 17 yes I know stupid but moved into rooms by sudborne school and almost sure it was no 22or23 great times Granville arcade Lyons corner house bewleys the tobacconists morleys it's still there live in cornwall now bot travel abroad a lot but went back there last week to look round Brixton changed so much but enough left to twang the heart an bring a smile to the face take care happy lives peace. Steve

Mon Dec 29th 2014, at 2:15 am

blake_d commented:

I too was born in 1954 and brought up in Brixton. Reading the comments of Steve Fullman,and especially, Annette Healy brought back very happy memories. I know them both. Annette (Netty) has a brother called John who was my best friend at Sudbourne enfants & Junior School. My name is Danny Blake and I have'nt seen Netty for over fifty years. Steve Fullman and I attended Sudbourne,he was a year above me. Miss Rose was our Headmistress (enfants) and Mr Devereaux Headmaster (juniors). If possible, Could you send them my comments. I would really love to hear from them both. You have my email address.

Wed Mar 11th 2015, at 2:03 pm

gladysfoley commented:

I was born at 63 Gresham road off Cold Harbour Lane Brixton in 1939 we used walk up Acre lane to get to Clapham Common and swim in the ponds there but of cause you cant do that now there used to be a narrow road with market stalls and an organ grinder with monkey dressed in trousers and a box jacket.. William Wilberforce lived in Clapham Common. I spent most of my childhood in Hampshire and Kent but I returned to London when I was 21 and spent 18 years in Streatham and now live in Kennington, ,opposite one of the houses that Charlie Chaplin lived. he also lived in Kennington Lane and Ferndale Road Brixton in between spells in the Workhouse. Sharon Osborn and Michael Caine were born in Brixton and Van Gough lived in Brixton for a short time. what I like about London is the shops and theatres where you can see all the musicals and the beautifull parks

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