Remembering Byfleet

A Memory of Byfleet

I was born in Byfleet in 1950. We lived in Binfield Road. Later I moved to the hotel that was built where the village green is now. My mother Beatrice Stenning was the housekeeper, cook, maid and everything in between. My dad Charles Stenning worked for Vickers like most of the men locally. We then moved to a prefab in Byfleet. Later when I was 3 we moved into new council houses in Bruce Close. Everybody was nice there and took great care of the gardens and the houses. I have two sisters, Maxine born in 1956 and Debbie born in 1960. Our childhood was wonderful, playing with other children in the woods or fishing by Sttops Bridge. We used to go swimming at Sandy Banks near Plough Bridges, and pick daffodils near where Silvermere now is. I remember having great fun at Parish Day with the Fair and cheering on our schools in the sports, and wandering down to the manor house to see if we could see the filming of 'Robin Hood' over the back fields. I could go on, there is so much to remember. I remeber Diana Ford very well as a good friend, and I had lots more of them - Susan Beere, Pamela Drury, Sally Briant, Karen Wilton, Chrisitne Woodruff and loads more. I am still living in Byfleet after all these years so I must like it!

A memory shared by Paulene Morgan , on Feb 10th, 2010.

Comments & feedback

Mon Dec 1st 2014, at 1:02 pm

Christine Woodruff commented:

Byfleet is such a lovely place to live, I have moved away from Byfleet now to Oxfordshire but Byfleet will always be in my heart....you can take the girl out of Byfleet but you can't take Byfleet out of the girl, so Pauline I know how you feel....enjoy!

Tue Aug 9th 2016, at 12:11 pm

maryellenhalliday commented:

Ah yes I remember Parish Day - I seem to remember it alternated between Old Byfleet and West Byfleet. A great day out! I remember the swing boats and the bumper cars. One year I accidentally left my mac in a swingboat and lost it - my mum wasn't too happy. I was born in Old Byfleet in 1947 and lived in Chertsey Road. I have a memory of a footpath at the end of Binfield Road and a field down there with horses, one named Belinda; does anyone know if that's right? Or did I dream it?

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