Ickenham, St Giles' Church c.1965

Ickenham, St Giles' Church c.1965

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Ickenham has retained a pleasant village atmosphere, despite some unfortunate modern building. The parish church dates back to the 14th century, with 16th-century additions from when the simple old building was enlarged.

Memories of Ickenham, St Giles' Church c1965

My Confirmation

Must have been 1962 when I was confirmed at St Giles. We have an old super 8 film of us coming out of church, boys smartly dressed, girls veiled, some wore uniforms. We had had confirmation classes before with a young padre - wish I could remember names - he liked baked beans and had a dog! I invited one friend, Janet Cooper, and we celebrated with family members in the living room above our shop Kolordek - Glebe Ave. Danced the Twist. The church door were always open and I went there during a school dinner break (Swakeleys School) some time before my confirmation because I was rather unsure whether I wanted to take this big, serious step - I was given a sign and went through with it.

St Giles Church.

We moved to Ickenham in early 1960s and attended the parish church of St Giles. It is a very old church, once belonging to the estate of Swakeleys House, and is on the corner of a very busy T junction, but when inside it is very quiet and peaceful with memorials to the Vyners family on the walls. I sang in the choir on Sundays. In 1972, my husband Bob, and myself were married here. It was a very hot day for the middle of March and our family and friends came to share our celebration. We walked through the churchyard to our reception in the Church Hall. Later in 1975 our son, Mark, was christened here on a warm June day. We lived in Ickenham for over 10 years and since we left many more houses have been built as there is easy access to commute to London on the Underground.

A memory of Ickenham by Heather Holden

The Pelican Restaurant

We lived in a charming little bungalow in, I think it was called, Parkfield Avenue, a little cul-de-sac with a footpath that led to a golf course. Going out of the cul-de-sac the other way and then going right towards Swakeleys Road. We used to go shopping there. Good well known individual shops, David Griegs I remember well, I used to love the dark wood doors with the glass windows and brass fittings and the counters! were a joy to see (and to remember). The marble tops and the large (huge to a little girl) red machine which cut the bacon or/and the ham. Things were rationed, but the service was personal, very polite, and the counters and utensils scrupulously clean.The shelves, of deep, dark wood (mahogany or ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Clare Wiseman

Sons Christening At St Giles Church In 1991

My son was christened in this lovely church in 1991. I was married in a lovely old church, St. Marys, when I lived nearby in Northolt and was pleased to find another lovely old church in Ickenham, when I moved here in 1989. The church is well used, in many ways, by people who live in Ickenham. Ickenham is a lovely village and there is a great community spirit, every 2 years there is a festival, where there are many events all other the village, including the two churches and Swakeleys House grounds.

A memory of Ickenham by Sue Gornall

Memories of Ickenham

Childhood Memories 1950s

We moved to Ickenham in 1950, I was three, we lived in Greenacres Avenue, only partially completed then, a cowfield next to our house to where Breakspear Road South is now, St George's Drive was not built. We could see the GWR from our front bedroom. Attended Breakspear Primary School, walked there daily across the ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by anthonytr7

St Giles Church.

We moved to Ickenham in early 1960s and attended the parish church of St Giles. It is a very old church, once belonging to the estate of Swakeleys House, and is on the corner of a very busy T junction, but when inside it is very quiet and peaceful with memorials to the Vyners family on the walls. I sang in the choir on Sundays. In 1972, my husband Bob, and myself were married here. It was a very hot day for the middle of March and our family and friends came to share our celebration. We walked through the churchyard to our reception in the Church Hall. Later in 1975 our son, Mark, was christened here on a warm June day. We lived in Ickenham for over 10 years and since we left many more houses have been built as there is easy access to commute to London on the Underground.

A memory of Ickenham by Heather Holden

The Raf Estate

We lived on the RAF estate in Ickenham during the late 1950s, in a semi-detached house at 14 Nettleton Road. Every RAF home mirrored the next; their furnishings were also identical. You could move from Scotland to England (which we had done) and find identical curtains, carpets and cutlery in your new home to those you had ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Mo Haarhoff

Shopping At Hamers

I moved to St Giles Avenue with my parents in 1948 when I was 15 years old.  Before this group of shops was built, there was a little hut run by Mr Hamer and I remember my dad buying his cigarettes and newspapers there. When the new shops were built, Mr Hamer's son took over. Of course, we were still using our ration ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Lorna Jennings
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