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The Animals at Burtons/Eltham Baths?

I have been hunting around trying to find details of The Animals band's concert at Eltham in the mid 1960s. My family moved to Lee Green in the mid 60s, I moved to Kidbrooke School for my final two school years, and my sister and I used to go dancing at Eltham. I've never forgotten the day a school friend said The Animals were playing at Eltham. Her older sister knew one of them (I have no idea how), and we could stand right down the front! I associate the event with Burtons, in the main street, but the details are hazy: I know we also used to go dancing at the baths. Well, we went and we did stand right in front of the stage and one member of the band looked down at our group and waved at us. After the concert my friend's sister said the band was catching the train up to Charing Cross back to their hotel, she was going with them and did my... Read more

Growin up in Eltham

Pleasaunce Gardens c1960, Eltham
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I remember the Pleasauce well. I used to like going through the steppin stones. Further over there was a section which went a bit underground, it was all a big adventure for a child. We sometimes watched shows on the bandstand . Those were the days .

Middle Park School 1940s

The Palace c1960, Eltham
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I used to attend Middle Park School way back in 1943. I recall we used to have to write the date in the top right-hand corner of our exercise books and I distinctly remember the year. The war was still on. I'd probably returned from Northhamptonshire, where I'd been evauatived from London for the second time. I used to live in No10 Campfield Road, not far away. I lived there - between being evacuated (3 times) from 1940 until 1949. My first school, as an infant, had been Kings Park. I returned to Kings park after the war, then moved to the new Cold Habour Estate out near Mottingham before migrating to Australia in 1951. As I recall it, there was a teacher called Mister Wisdom who used to tell the greatest of stories to the whole school - in the main hall - when it was too cold or rainy to play sports outside. I don't remember the 'Doodle Bug' in particular, though... Read more

Long Gone

High Street c1965, Eltham
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My dad worked at the Express Dairy bottling depot opposite side of the road to the church. I often went to watch and be treated to a drink in their canteen, as a child I found it fascinating watching the bottles being cleaned and refilled with milk. Unfortunately, it was closed and moved to Morden in Surrey so Dad had to travel there everyday on his motorbike!

Early School Days at Middle Park Primary School

The Palace c1960, Eltham
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I was delighted to realise that I attended the same school, Middle Park Primary, as Boy George, though considerably earlier - 1940-41 approx. This brings me to my question; does anyone remember the doodlebug that fell near the school one day, burying some of us in the underground shelters? I distinctly remember being dug out, unharmed, to see a playground full of anxious mothers and dazed children. Dorothy. Mail me on pete887271@yahoo.co.uk if you remember this. Thanks.

The Palace

The Palace c1960, Eltham
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As a child we lived in the Vista and our back garden ran alongside the cow fields, my friends and I would go across the farm to get into the palace grounds. There was a swimming pool that had dirty water in that was perfect for collecting frogs spawn and the bluebells were amazing! Sadly I decided to show my mum and dad this special place and they were horrified how dangerous it was! and I was never allowed there again. But I had been going there for years and really loved the palace and I always tell people that i was born next door to a Palace which sounds very grand!.

Pleasaunce

Pleasaunce Gardens c1960, Eltham
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My nan lived at 11 Basket Gardens, which was near the pleasaunce, and she would take us there when we visited her. It was a wonderful place, my favourite being the stepping stones which led through a small stream, My school, the Gorden, was at Wellhall and I would spend my lunch breaks there when I was older. The last time that I visited it with my father it was rather run down, so I wrote to the local council who wrote a lovely letter back to me saying that a grant had been awarded to do it all up and the work would be starting soon. I will go back one day and have a look.

Memories of Eltham

Pleasaunce Gardens c1960, Eltham
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As a child I lived with my parents in a prefab in Corelli Rd SE3. We used to walk through the Brook estate, passing more prefabs to reach the Coronet Cinema in Well Hall. On a Sunday we sometimes watched dad play bowls at the Pleasaunce. During the 1960s I lived in Kingsground with my young family, looking out to Mitchells farm, not sure if this still exists. Happy days!!

Kingsground Eltham

High Street c1965, Eltham
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I grew up in Avery Hill, Eltham, and later in Mottingham. My grandmother lived in Kingsground in the 60's and 70's. She lived in a 2 bed flat with a very long garden. I always used to think, thats the sort of place I'd like to live in when I grew up. Happy memories!

Dancing at Eltham Baths in The Winter

High Street And St John's 1961, Eltham
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I often used to go dancing at Eltham Swimming Baths in the winter with my boyfriend, Frank Fellows, who I later married in 1954. I remember the bandleader Ted Heath performed there. So many happy memories. Lived in Mottingham Village, I was then called Sylvia Street. My father owned a shoe repair shop.

Brian Tutt

High Street c1965, Eltham
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This should be of interest, I hope. I attended Roper Street C of E Primary School from 1944 to1947, Head teacher, Mr Hatt and class teacher Miss Sexton. Brian Tutt was in this class. Sadly he contracted Polio in 1947 and was kept alive in an iron lung. I have a class photo dated 1947 and, of course, Brian is in it. I do not have a printer but can send you a copy via our local library if you let me have an email address, dot.brooks@live.co.uk. My maiden name was Dorothy Clare. Best wishes.

The Palace

The Palace c1960, Eltham
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Until I was 10 years old we lived in Kingsground. From a rear window, one looked across "the bull's field" to the palace. I LOVE it!! At Eltham C of E Primary School we were educated in Eltham's history, NOW I think I know everything there is to know about all of it, from the arrival of the Saxons to William, to his gift of Kent to brother-in-law, Bishop Odo, and Odo's gifting it to Haimo. I remember the restoration from rot and beetle, the Coroboree celebrations in 1953 when, as a Girl Guide, we were allowed to explore. I discovered the "dungeons" in the wall of the moat [4x4x4feet] and how prisoners drowned when the moat flooded,etc..... Best wishes, Dorothy Brooks.

Wellhall Road in The 1960s And 1970s

Well Hall Road c1960, Eltham
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I remember visiting my Aunty Pat and all my cousins, they lived at the top of Wellhall Road just down from the old pictures opposite them. She had lots of girls, some blond, and one son, David or Michael I think, their dad was a Scotsman. My mum was Sheila Gillespie, she was born in that house and all her sisters, Maureen, Bertha, and Eileen. She went to Gordon School. Their dad was called John Gillespie, Sheila married a man called I believe John Griffin and had two children, a girl called Jean and John the son, does anybody remember them?

HAPPY MEMORIES

Well Hall Road c1960, Eltham
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I grew up in Eltham but one of my fondest memories was being a member of the backstage team at Eltham Little Theatre. We had a lot of fun backstage especially during the Pantomime season!
I also spent a lot of my childhood at Eltham Baths showing off my diving prowess to my patient parents! My maiden name was Maggs.
Happy days

Childhood Haunt

The Winter Garden, Avery Hill c1960, Eltham
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15 mins walk from my home. Used to play tennis on the courts below this building. Public toilets nearby, as was a circular seating gazebo like benches where my friends and I would gather to talk, laugh and often scratch our names on the wooden seats. Also between the tennis courts and the building was a putting green.

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St John's Church 1900, Eltham
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Born in 1933, I have documents stating I was christened in this church. Attended evening service as a late teenager.

Happy hr

Pleasaunce Gardens c1960, Eltham
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Used to be know as Well Hall. 132 bus stopped outside. Spent many happy hours there.

On my Wall

High Street And St John's 1961, Eltham
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I have this framed print displayed on my landing wall. When I pass by and stop to look at it, I remember the swimming bath just below the church where I used to go dancing in the 1950s.

Shops

High Street c1960, Eltham
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Hinds on the right, my mother used to shop there for material. Next door was Hinds Jewelllery shop where my wedding ring was purchased for the princely sum of 9 guineas. Opposite was the Coop department store where you walked down steps to wander around open counters.

Transport

High Street c1965, Eltham
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That must be a No 132 bus pulling away from the bustop. Used that frequently. Corner shop used to be an Express Dairy where you could have a cup of tea.

Transport

Well Hall Road c1960, Eltham
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There used to be a tram running down this roadd. One of my family owned a shop and flat above on the right.

Just A Memory - Thanks

High Street c1965, Eltham
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Just wanted to say that I love your website.

I moved to Canada last year from Windsor, Berkshire but my grandfather Fred Tutt lived in Eltham for many years (owned a fishmongers). He was there along with his sister Barbara and as a boy, right through to my 30s (now in my 40s), I spent time there. Causing trouble in the High Street mainly.  Parents also were married in the church at the bottom of the High Street.

I didn't live there but was born fairly close by in my grandmother's house on Swiftland Gardens in Mottingham. I also went to Roper Street for a while. Even remember when I was well, I don't know, 5,6 maybe older (??). We were ordered out of the class to line the streets outside. Big car pulled up and out popped the Queen who came and chatted to us.

Wish I had some record of that.

Anyway, that's for the memory.

My 18th Birthday.

The Palace c1960, Eltham
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This photo was taken at the time I was at Shooter's Hill GS and my stepfather was stationed here as it was the HQ for the RAEC (Royal Army Education Corps). As officer's family we occasionally visited the Palace, which had then an amazing billiards room in the cellar. On my 18th birthday I was treated to dinner in the great hall with the other officers .. a strange experience for me altogether ... my stepfather plying me with my first legal drinks...he was the wobbly one going home on the bus to Woolwich!

Now the whole palace, originally Henry V's country retreat, is a tourist attraction, a far better use, in my view.

High Street Changes

High Street c1960, Eltham
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The Hinds Department Store on the right is no more. I remember it well from my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s when we shopped in Eltham, but lived in nearby Welling. You could buy everthing there. It turned into Allders, but was demolished a couple of years ago. Now in 2008 it is just a building site. Dolcis Shoes is now I think a charity shop. And the RACS, the Co-op, which was in the high street until last year ... is boarded up! Times change!

Footscray Road

From 1950 to about 1956 (was 5_11 yrs old) lived at 149 Footscray Rd which was a converted coach house very near the TA drill hall. Often kept awake by the rifle practice. House now demolished and replaced by little close of houses (according to Google) . Then at #231 for a couple of years then moved away and haven never been back. My best memories were of playing in 'the fields' from Eltham to Avery Hill. I would love a photo of that part of Footscray Rd at that time

Friends From Eltham

I lived in Kingsground and attended Kings Park School. My friends were Harry Clarke, Charlie Walters, Bobby Hunt, Audrey Foster, Brian Willouby and Betty Finch. My teachers were Miss Langton, Miss Shipman, Mr Retallack, the Headmaster was Mr Goldsmith. My father was a well known boxer, Sid Burn. On many occasions Henry Cooper (famous boxer) and his brother George would visit my dad at home, just after the war. Henry's cousins lived in The Vista. I will be 81 in September 2013 and it would be amazing to hear from anyone who remembers these good old days. Derek Burn Portsmoth

The White Bridge

I loved crossing the white bridge which led to Mottingham horse stables, as I was horse mad! Sometimes when quite young (7 or 8) a steam train would go underneath the bridge and I loved the smell of the steam and the fog!

I Grew up in Eltham

My family moved to Eltham about 1954/5 and I lived there until about 1966. I attended Middle Park Primary School and later the Gordon School. We lived next door to Working Mens Club on Eltham Hill just down from the Swimming Baths. Have lots of memories of my childhood there. I did a paper round before school and worked at the newsagents in Eltham on Sundays, on Saturdays I worked at the Central Cafe which was always packed with people wanting their popular steak and mushroom pie dinners (one of my jobs was peeling the mushrooms!). Was a busy girl, lol. Used to deliver the paper at the Palace and St John's Vicarage, and the Cottage Hospital I think it was called. Was into swimming in secondary school and had to practice every weekday so fitting this in between paper round and getting to school it was handy living near the swimming baths. Was a member of... Read more

Elaine Lynn Hairdresser

I was an apprentice at Madame Herberts Hairdressers in 1958 to 1961, the salon was next to Hinds. Does anyone remember the salon? Mrs Hawkins of Hummerstone and Hawkins, Estae agents, was Madames daughter. We had to address each other by our surnames with the Miss or Mrs prefix. I went to Mottingham girls school prior to that, my step-grandparents lived at Court Farm Rd. Does anyone remember Olives Cafe opposite the church. Been to Eltham today and quite uppset to see how shabby it's become. Ah well.

CORSET SHOP

Has anyone any memory of the above - did you work in a corset shop (or own) or the corset department of a store? What was your relationship with your customers and what was their relationship with their foundation wear? Did mums bring daughters? No matter how wacky or off the wall, I need your memories. During the 1950's / 60's we had a lot of single sex schools - did a Mum bring (or buy) foundation wear for her son? Also we did have shows in the west end such as Forces in Petticaots did you ever serve them or shows like that? Please contact me at corsetiere@corset.ndo.co.uk yours Geoffrey

Ann Diamond my Mum

My mum is from Eltham, Ann Diamond, born 1935. Her dad, Frank Diamond was one of 11 and his mum, my great nan, lived till she was nearly 100, in the same house I believe. I was the 89th grand-child, so no doubt there are a lot of decendents. My mum went to Eltham Secondary briefly. Before that she was in a childrens home in Newbury. I will try and show her some of these great pics. She moved to Portsmouth when she was 17.

The Bicycle Shop

Mr and Mrs Noble must have been your father and mother. My mother, Mrs Clare, had known Mrs Noble from childhood and then lived in Kingsground, just down the hill. She weekly went in for a chat so my brother and I would be with her. Oh, for a cycle shop like that NOW!!!! The wonderful smell of real rubber,light oil and seeing real chrome. Looking for a bike recently it's all mountain bikes, which I hate, so no bike for me then! best wishes

Eltham

Lived in Gavestone Crescent prefab, school Horn Park, when prefab knocked down in 1968 moved to Strongbow Crescent in the top block of flats, enjoyed Eltham, its pubs, and close location to rail and buses. Left home in 1974, moving to Cantwell Road My mother and father lived on in Strongbow till 1999, my mother dying in 1993 and my father came to live with us till his death in 2004, he worked for Express Dairies all his life. Since then Eltham has become a bit tarnished with the racist murder of Steven Lawrence. I was there last in 1999 and felt a stranger, so many of the old shops were gone.

After The War In Eltham Park

I can remember after the war I was 3 and my sister was 1, we lived with our mum and dad in a nissan hut with a corrugated roof in Eltham Park. My dad made it beautiful with bedrooms and a living room. We had a log stove in the middle to keep us warm. We were lucky to have somewhere to live after all the bombings. My sister and I went to Eltham Well Hall school I can remember going to sleep in the playground on camp beds in the playground every afternoon if the weather was ok, if not we had to have the camp beds in the hall. We also had to have a spoonful of malt every day. We moved to Orpington in 1949.
Does anyone else remember living in the park there were quite a few of us?

Christmas 1944

I spent my first Christmas away from home with the Murdoch family as I was invited by their daughter, Monica. I was in the ATS and a colleague of Monica in Ibex House, in the Minories. It was quite an experience for me and my first time going to Midnight Mass (at home my parents went and I had to stay home with my younger brother). It was frosty and I believe it had been snowing, but Mrs Murdoch made sure I was well wrapped up, the church was lovely and quite tiny. We returned home to a meal then all the girls and I went off to bed. I had a lovely warm bed in a room to myself, a luxury in itself. On Christmas morning I received a little hand-made gift from each of the family and felt bad because I had nothing to give. I regret that I never thanked them properly and although I never saw them again I have never forgotten them. It was magical.... Read more

High Street And Warren Golf Links

Have written memoirs of boyhood of my 2 brothers and myself in Falconwood, Eltham and Welling. Did local newspaper rounds for Hutton's at Falconwood Station and carried his moneybags to Martin's Bank, Eltham High Street through the golf-links several times without problems; delivering papers in the dark near the cemetery was more scary! Later used to frequent the many pubs in High Street and learned to dance above Montague Burton's, to Victor Sylvestor records and Eddie, calling "Slow, slow, quick-quick, slow". On my way to Eltham Music House I met Dinah Hewin and fell instantly in love, but never saw her again (believe she lived in Westmount Road). Open-air swimming pool at Eltham Park was a favourite spot, plus Shephardsleas and Oxley woods. That was long before the motorway, of course. Anyone want to swop yarns?

First 17 Years of my Life From Birth [1943]

I was brought up in Eltham and lived at no 30 High St where my Mother & Father had a bicycle & sports shop.Everyday I would go across the road to the swimming baths, and at that time there was the vicarage on the opposite corner of Sherrard Road, next to the vicarage gardens was Carter Pattersons who had their horses stabled there. As did the RACS behind Hinds department store. I adored horses and used to hang around the riding stables behind the high street. Where we lived most of the land behind us was fields apart from Kings Orchard where there were a few houses. Thought you might like to share this with me.

Growing up in Eltham

I lived at 6 Eltham High Street, my dad ran the off licence there.  Every morning before school or the shop opened he would take me to the swimming baths. I went to Roper Street school until I was 10.  We moved to Canada in 1973, I still think about Eltham quite often.  I loved it there.

Good Old Eltham

Just being dropped off at Hamoe School down on Westhorne Avenue, having Mr.Greytricks as our headmaster. Playing on the climbing frame in the play ground, then shifting myself to Eltham Hill School up on the hill. God, walking that hill in all kinds of weather done me in! Then becoming one of the faces of Eltham in 2000 and then drinking in the pubs up and down the High Street up until 2003. Then I moved away and don't ever look back. Yeah I miss my family but I have all the good old memo's stored up in my head. And they will always be with me...Good old Eltham xxxxxxxx

Memories of Greater London

Autumn Walk

The Memorial c1960, Mottingham
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I moved into West Park Road ( seen in the photo off to the left ) in 1955 at the age of 7. The house was a glorious Victorian residence with 1881 as the year of build noted on the front. Childhood was bliss here, particularly living in a lovely, wide horse chestnut tree lined road. This location was pretty much on the borders of the London Borough of Greenwich and the Borough of Bromley in Kent. Mottingham was a charming village with most things to hand ... I remember pie and chips from the chippy at one shilling and sixpence in old money, ham carved off the bone by a traditional grocers, Gayes the newsagents and cycle shop and Phillip & Dear electrical shop where old fashioned and personal service survived ( we bought our first colour TV there! ) I went to school at Middle Park Primary, about 20 minutes walk from this location. West Park Road was noted for the fall of... Read more

Dittisham Road,Mottingham

The Memorial c1960, Mottingham
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Did anyone live in Dittisham Road, Mottingham from about just after WW2 until about 1985? My grandparents, Harry & Rose Bass, lived in this road. Anyone remember them? Get in touch please. Thank you.

Hazy Days

The Chinbrook Public House c1965, Mottingham
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I spent a lot of time in this public house during the 1970s from Grove Park Youth Club to Chinbrook Public House.

Mottingham Farm

Mottingham Farm Riding School c1965, Mottingham
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I worked here in the 80's as a teen. Looking at this photo, the place hasn't changed a bit. It changed hands after Brad Collins passed away and is still a riding school today.

Nostalgia

I lived in Dorset Road, Mottingham from birth, 1947. I have so many happy memories of what was then a real village. I can remember that no one owned a car in our road and it became our playground with hopscotch, marbles etc. I remember the old dairy with horses at the back where the motorcyle shop is now. I remember the old fish shop, the corner stores, the old Co-op, Phillips and Dear. I can remember our treat was a box of crisps from the offlicence on the corner of Devonshire Road. I have reason to fear dentists after visiting the dentist that used to be in the High Street. I too remember the horse chestnut trees and conker collecting, also what we then called the terrifying "june bugs" that used to fall from the trees. We used to play in the playing fields and walk up to Mottingham Station where the Tarn... Read more

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