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Memories of Kensington

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Those Wonderful 60`s

Holland Street c1965, Kensington
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My father was the caretaker for the Linquists` Club in Holland St from 1959 to the early 70`s , when the building (Niddry Lodge) was demolished to make way for the new Kensington town hall. We lived in The Cottage next to the lodge and the old stable was below my bedroom. The club was a school of English during the day and a social club in the evening. For 10 years , from the age of 9, I met people from all nationalities and my playground was the largest private garden in Kensington, about 1 acre I`m told. Memories of Holland Street? Apart from living at the best address on the street, I went to St Mary Abbot`s school in Church Walk, off Holland St. I moved from a school in Fulham with a few hundred pupils to this tiny school with 3 or 4 classes. We all passed our 11+ and I went on to Westminster City school. There were lovely, small shops in Church Walk, bookshop, newsagent, fancy... Read more


I grew up in Kensington and have so many fond memories of it from the early 1980's. I remember the video shop that used to be in the Odeon cinema, which is now a Hagaan Dazs cafe. I remember when the Ice House in Holland Park was a gallery and you could walk in there and look at paintings whenever you pleased. I remember my favourite place was a big toy shop which I think was called the Rocking Horse, which stood on the site which is now a Nandos. Anyone else remember this place? There was Reeves art shop over the road too, which was another of my favourite places. I remember going to Frog Hollow shop near Gloucester Road after school, and buying squidgy slime and magic trees that grew colourful wet puffed paper that grew in water. Kensington Market was a great place to hang out when I reached my teenage years, and Hyper Hyper across the road was pretty good too. Shellys Shoes, now American Apparrel, was... Read more

Family History

After I foumd out that my family lived at 3 Canning Place in 1838 and attended the Holland Street Catholic Chapel, I discovered the RC baptisms of John Rogers Herbert RA artist and my g.g.g.aunt Kezia Herbert nee Dedman's three children's baptisms at Holland Street RC Chapel 1838. A wonderful surprise. These registers were only discovered in 2008 and are kept at the Westminster Diocesean Archives Abimgdon Road Kensimgton.But I am still searchimg for my ancestor's RC baptism 1838 at a RC Chapel in London. As for her husband's RC convert baptism that also has never been found. I believe they were received into the Catholic Faith in 1838 at another RC Chapel in St Pancras where they moved from in 1838 or another RC Chapel in Kensington. I would like to hear from anyone who knows of other Roman Catholic Chapels in this area. Regards John Dedman

Barkers Department Store

I remember my father-in-law taking me to Barkers to look at a commerative board of the employees of Barkers who fought in either the South African campaign or the First World War. The board was on the right hand side of the entrance above a staircase. My father-in-law's father, Robert John Cook, was on the board. I have been unable to find any information about this. I hope that someone else will remember this and may even know where the board went. Jennifer Cook

Mother And 10 Siblings Born Here

My mother was one of 13, 2 died in infancy, all born at 28 Dartmoor Street. Have been to the house 3 times, but the street is no longer Dartmoor and I can't find out what the name is now! I took a picture I have of grandparents (Mary and John Howard) and my mother back in the 1920s and stood by their front fence and had my picture taken in the same spot. Awesome feeling!

Royal College of Music

My memories refer to 1955 through 1959.
I remember these years with affection - being taught 'cello by Harvey Philips, piano by Hilda Klein (excellent use of swearwords, I remember!!), composition by Herbert Howells (lovely man). I remember that ineffectual conductor Richard Austin and a visit to the College by Herbert von Karajan who was refused, by Ernest Bullock, his request to take a First Orchestra rehearsal as 'it might upset Mr Austin'! I well remember Harvey fuming when he learned of it.
I remember Sir Malcolm Sargent coming into the College on numerous occasions (after all, he lived just over the road in Albert Hall mansions!) and expecting to be treated like royalty.
I am not in touch with anyone who was at College with me so if anyone is out there ... make contact! Our twilight years prompt the need to share memories, perhaps.
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Underground -

When a was a small girl my parents used to take me to visit my Grandparents, in Kensington where they lived at No. 29 Kelso Place. As the underground trains pass deep under the houses there, I was often to be found in their sitting room laying on the floor with an ear pressed against the carpet listening for the deep rumbling noise! I also remember my parents taking me into one of the large Department stores in the High Street, Derry & Toms, to see Father Christmas. I still have the photo taken of myself with 'him' receiving a present.

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