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Memories of Hackbridge
I lived in Hackbridge from 1942 to 1953 at the Hackbridge Drill Hall. I was a school girl when I went there and a married woman with a family when we left. My father died while in the Army employ.
I came back to England in 2011 on a sentimental trip and when I saw what had happend to the lovely house I was so upset. I tried to find my way around but it was so changed. I am now 85 years old, a widow, and would like to visit again. We left England in 1962 so it was a bit of a shock, so I will remember my little town as I knew it. I wonder if anyone I knew are still alive and in Hackbridge?
I remember well the Post Office on the corner where the bus parked. This shop also sold groceries with fresh ham and bacon hanging up behind the counter. Next door was a Wavy Line, a newsagents, the oil shop run by the Harris's, Stanards the greengrocers, a chemist and a Lloyds bank branch. The opposite parade of shops were a tile shop, a bakers, a hairdressers, the Buffet cafe run by John and Beryl Harris, another sweet shop. I have missed out a few shops but that was Hackbridge Corner as we called it.
Today, all the shops have changed. On the right there's an Indian resturant, a shop, a cafe, a tile shop and a salon. Directly ahead, there are 3 shops; one is also a post office. There is also a betting shop, a funeral parlour, but I think it's a hairdressers now, a kebab shop, a chip shop and an Indian take-away shop. The bus stop you see on the left have been moved back a bit. And the little garden-like thing you see on the left was once an office block and a car park. But that was demolished in 2011 and the site is now being made into flats.
Beddington Corner 1940-1957
I lived in Seymour Road, Beddington Corner from 1940 until my parents moved to Carshalton in 1957. As a child I first attended Hackbridge infants school followed by the junior school and finally on to the dizzy heights of Elmwood County Secondary, having failed the 11 plus which was rigged in those days so that the bulk of the 10\% who passed came from a private prep school called Collingwood paid for by parents who could afford it. My parents were honest working class, Mum looked after the house and us and Dad worked at Mullards for a modest wage. I had a wonderful childhood despite the war with little traffic around we played in the streets ,yes Orchard avenue rec, New Road, York Street, etc .But best of all was Mill Green and Mitcham Common just down the road . They were allowed to grow wild during the war to save labour I suppose, but it meant that the wildlife and flora were never disturbed ,Butteflies abounded, all... Read more
I lived in Orchard Avenue, number 4, when the whole road was mock Tudor exteriors. I had quite a shock to revisit a few years ago to see them all plastered over and looking very tired. In the l950s and early 1960s when I lived here we had a red phone box and blue police box at the top of the road. The church was over the road and the rec was at the bottom of Orchard Avenue. Mullards was the factory whose outside wall backed onto the rec. We has two swings there and that was all, there was a small entrance leading into Culvers Avenue, leafy and unmade up road, and the entrance into Mullards where our mother worked part time. During school holidays we waited outside the factory gates for her. The sewage farm at the top (London Road) used to stink to high heaven and I can't imagine what it's like living on the new housing there now. Hackbridge Station was the gateway to freedom, Croydon... Read more
Loved reading some of the old posts on here....I was at Elmwood 1963-67....but most definitely glad to leave when I did. Thanks to everyone for their memories of the old place, just a shame it's all been "moderised" into houses, even the old paper shop "Gears, I think" was converted to a tyre shop, and now part of the house next door. If anyone has memories to add about 1963-67...I for one will be very glad to read them. Thanks in advance.
Hackbridge And Elmwood
Although born in Hackbridge, and bombed out also, we lived with my grandparents at 142 London Road and went to the infants school, junior, and then Elmwood. I was in 4B later, I think it was a bit of a rebel's class. Fred Barty would walk us to the canteen, pick up the old powdered milk tins, and thats what we used to make stuff. We seemed to get the slipper a lot and when I wouldn't let Stacey cane me anymore, I got expelled for a week. No I did not enjoy school very much, also that walk across Beddington Park to the Orphanage swimming pool at 9.30 am for a 58 degree swim, I liked cycle speedway over the Rubber Dump after it had caught fire, what a pong . I would like to meet any old school mates, Peter Seal, Ronnie Maxwell,Ted Polley, Mervyn Garten, John Evans. Also the girls of course, Len Rhodes my cousin I am still in contact with. I... Read more
Elmwood High School
I went to a brand new primary school called Park Farm, so then going to Elmwwod was like going back in time. I just caught the end of Stacey walking around like something out of Harry Potter. My brother had told me about the morning assembly where Reg Evans played the violin & I think it was Nellie Perman played the piano. It was horrible as they never seemed to be playing the same tune. They still had the old dip in the ink pens in some classrooms, it was like something out of a Dickens novel. The leather footballs would almost knock you out if you were stupid enough to head one, and I saw the biggest rats I ever saw running out from underneath the old canteen down the road (eventually condemed by a visit from environmental health). Reg Evans was quite an interesting bloke. He was actually a trained theatre make up artist and made up one of the girls in our class to look like... Read more