Ickenham, Swakeleys House c.1965

Ickenham, Swakeleys House c.1965

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Sir Edmund Wright, sometime Lord Mayor of London, built this lovely Jacobean house. A later owner, Sir Robert Vyner, notoriously cooked one of his deceased servants, displaying the corpse in an open coffin to visitors - a macabre spectacle that delighted Samuel Pepys, who recorded the event in his diary.

Memories of Ickenham

Pelican Cafe

I worked at the Bakery for about two years, this was my second job after leaving school, which was the Bishop Ramsey Church of England School which opened in 1980 taking over Ruislip Manor and St Martins C.O.E school that was in West Drayton Middlesex. The Bakery was in the rear of the cafe and I was the pastry cook, making ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Wayne Barrett

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

A Great Place To Live

I was christened at St Giles in 1950 and lived in The Grove until I got married in 1972. I went to Breakspear Primary School and then Vyners. As a boy I was always playing in the woods by the river Pinn, building camps and rope swings across the river! No close parental supervision then. We were all able to play as ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Bob Passmore

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Ickenham by Heather Holden
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