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

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 ...Read full memory

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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