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Memories of Kensington
Those Wonderful 60`s
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
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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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.
Greater London memories
The Howard Family at Hammersmith And Barnes
My Great-Great-Grandad, Henry Howard, lived in the early 1800’s - a time of great rural depression - and so he left his Devon home to look for work in London with the result that several generations of my family lived in the Hammersmith area.
The story is that he walked all the way. No doubt the stage coach fare was beyond the means of an unemployed labourer. He found work constructing railways which at this time were spreading rapidly all over the country. He may have found lodgings in North London, perhaps in Camden with either his brother or his cousin George Howard. Later he moved to the Hammersmith area and he married in his early twenties. He had (at least) six children, the eldest of whom, Elizabeth, was born about 1840. His son - William Henry (my Great-Grandad) was born in 1846 and the family story is that the youngest son was Jack who later emigrated. Two of the Howard family daughters, Louie and Mary Jane,... Read more