High Road c1965, Kilburn
Memories of High Road c1965, Kilburn
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Kilburn, Grange Cinema
I lived in Torbay Road just off the Willesden Lane and our two parks were Queens Park and Grange Park. The State Cinema seemed very grand, so we all used to go to Saturday morning pictures at the Grange cinema. If you were lucky you could also get in round through the back doors for free, so could watch the same film several times! It all seems a long time ago and though most of us came from homes with little or no money, everyone knew neighbours and everywhere was clean and people were proud of their street.
Shopkeepers 1912 to 1976
Born Dec. 1924 Dollis Hill Ave, son of E.H.Carter who lived at Crown Terrace. In 1912 he opened his half-shop as a newsagent and tobacconist, joined-up in 1915 and left the running to his sister Florence who eventually lived in Gladstone Park Gardens. I took over in 1950 and became more of a stationer with one eye on the American scene and the new popularity for greeting cards. My memories are of the thousands of local customers and the warm feeling of being part of the community (Daphne Hillman was one of my assistants). I was at Mora Rd. school from 1930 to '36 and Pound Lane 'till '39. I knew the young Fowlers at school, the young Silman and his bicycle shop, some of their successors are still about, including the staff at Calloways. All those changes! Cricklewood was rather select in my younger days; Hulls, top class drapers on the Burton's corner, Wheatlands furniture opposite with its novel neon sign of "Dancing Pianos", Peters fish... Read more
Playing on The Bomb Sites
I have a vivid memory of playing on the bomb site in Cambridge Place, I was 10 years old and a real tomboy. As my grandmother lived at number 11 Cambridge Place together with my Aunt Peg, Aunt Patsy and Uncle Peter, it was easy to get into the site by her back yard. We used to make camps out of anything, get what food we could get from our mums and stay all day on the site, even in bad weather. What fun we all had! My father was the local chimney sweep together with his brothers Charlie, Harry and John.
Hello, I lived in West HAMPSTEAD from 1941 to 1970. I now live in Yorkshire. I am looking for some old mates from that time they are - David Jacobs from Rundu Rd , Bill Taylor of Clermonte Rd, John of Lymington Rd, Mike the flower, Rosemont Rd.
I lived in Curzon Crescent when I met Tony. Was at Willesden Grammar school and Tony lived in Stonebridge Park area of NW10. We briefly lived together in a bedsit near Kilburn and Shepherds Bush. He had two sisters that lived in Kilburn but can't recall their names. JoAnne was born in Park Royal Hospital in 1968 and I would love for her to meet her father. Any info would be great and treated with confidence.
Trying to Find Smith Family
Hello ....I am trying to find Tony and Terry Smith; they are twins one dark, one fair, they had a sister as well. They lived in the Kilburn area in 60's ... Tony was perhaps a bit of a rascal who loved motorbikes and ended up in a borstal for a short period when I was born. As you can imagine trying to trace a Smith is extremely difficult so any help or memories of this family would be a blessing. I know he met my mum in Gladstone Park and lived in the Kilburn area. I hope someone out there can shed some light on what happened to them or even better is still in touch with them .... thanks for reading ....
LOOKING FOR MY DAD
I am looking for a family with the surname NOAKES - my nan & and grandad's names are Herbie & Emmie Noakes they had daughter Pammy & son Alan. I am looking for maybe an uncle called Eric Noakes. Please if anyone out there knows the family please contact me I was born in 1968 into the BIRCHAM family
Grange Park - Kingsgate School
We lived in Palmerston Rd, Kilburn. My fondest memories of Grange Park were looking out of our kitchen window to see my mum walking home from work. Also I remember coming out of the 'Saturday morning pictures' in the summer and walking straight into the back entrance of the park where the tennis courts are. The earliest memory was leaving Kingsgate school to have lunch at home and then returning though the park and falling asleep on the grass on a beautiful summers day. I was only 6 years old and nobody knew I was missing! The school thought I was at home and my parents thought I was at school. When I woke up I didn't hear any children in the play ground and thought school had finished for the day, I went home and met my dad leaving the house, when I told him he was in total shock and I had to apologise to the Headmistress the next day.
Looking For My Dad
I was born in 1968 into the Bircham family - I am looking for my dad. My mum was Pauline Bircham (who passed away 20 years ago), her brothers were Gerald, Maurice and Peter, as well as a sister Pat. Is there anyone out there that could help me!
Hardyments Hardware And China Store
In 1961/62 I used to have a Saturday job in Hardyments, on Kilburn High Road, a real old-fashioned store selling all sorts of china and hardware. The assistants had to wear a most unflattering blue wrap-around overall and we were strictly supervised by a lady called Miss Jennings who also took care of the cash which went up one of those chutes to the office above. People I remember include Diane Hood and Phillida Rowbotham, both Saturday girls like me and Danny who worked in the yard sorting out deliveries etc. I remember him taking me on a date to the State Theatre to see the great Miles Davis S, Danny was a modern jazz fan. For working all day on Saturday we earned £1!
OH COUNTRY KILBURN
My family were one of the first to move into the Kilburn Square estate, in the early part of the 1970, and stayed until 1995. I went to school at Salisbury Road School, then South Kilburn High School. All the films I saw were at the State, and I wished I took more time looking at the detail of the inside of it. I used to drink in the Coopers pub on the High Road as it was famous for being the only English pub in Kilburn. One of the first girls I went out with was Susan who worked in the record department of Woolies who was from Sweden.
Kilburn High Road
I lived in West Hampstead from 1960 to 1980. I used to love Kilburn High Road. I shopped there with my parents on a Saturday. We used to collect Green Shield Stamps from Sainsbury's shopping. There used to be a glass fronted shop in Kilburn Square where you could go and exchange them for gifts.
I used to visit the State Cinema. In February 1975 I saw the movie "Slade In Flame" there starring my favourite band Slade (suprise suprise). They actually called at the venue and collected their Gold Disc for album sales (of the soundtrack). Also, that year David Essex played there on his "All The Fun Of The Fair Tour".
I have great memories of walking home most evenings through Kilburn, when it was "safe". You just had to battle off the drunk paddies when the pubs turned out!
Do you remember the organ that came up from the pit under the stage and had all the different coloured spotlights shone on it? I thought it was sheer magic! The front seats were chaeaper than the back ones - I think they were 1/9 a the back. I also used to go the Grange cinema and the Essoldo, all in Kilburn. The Queens was another one in Cricklewood Broadway. There was also a small independent cinema near the station called the Ionic. I saw 'The Ascent of Everest' there with my school (Brondesbury and Kilburn in Dyne Road).
Teenager in Kilburn
I lived in Kilburn from 1936 to 1969.
The Gaumont State cinema was part of my life as a teenager. It was one of a number of cinemas in the area at that time and every Saturday evening I would go to the 'pictures' at one of them with a group of friends. Often we would have to queue to get in and maybe stand for some time once we got in. We sat in the 1/6d seats. Films ran continuously in those days and we often saw the end of the film before we saw the beginning.
We would walk home after the cinema and probably buy a bag of chips plus a pickled onion if we were flush. Of course we also (the boys that is) smoked a fag or two - Turf, Weights or Woodbine.
All cinemas at that time had only one screen. The State was the biggest cinema in Europe and if you sat at the back it was a long way to the... Read more
Born But Not Bred
Born to Kathleen Leniston, and Ned Leniston July 1951 in Torbay Road, to the glorious rolling green fields (joke) of Kilburn. There were still bloody big holes where buildings used to be, thanks to Mr Hitler's town planning arrangments for London. The family loved Kilburn so much, we promptly moved to Colindale, then to Dartmouth Road, West Hendon; see the connection, from Torbay, to Dartmouth. If you think that's a coincidence, I now live in the West Country. However, we were not completely finished with Kilburn quite yet. My mother, with me in tow, seemed to haunt the Kilburn high road in those far off days of the late 50s and early 60s, almost every Saturday. And on some Sundays, I was forced to visit mother's friends and relatives all scrubbed up, in a white starched shirt and tie with elastic round the collar (no knots to worry about), polished shoes, and grey flannel shorts. All mum's friends seemed to be Irish, but then so was my now deceased father... Read more
Cricklewood And Kilburn Area
I was born in this area in 1939 and lived in Cricklewood until 1955 when we moved to Dollis hill (Hamilton Road). We were in Olive Road throughout the war and would shelter in the street shelter and sometimes in Smiths (near what was Rolls Razor on the Broadway near the Bus Garage).I remember the Queen's cinema on the Broadway and the Crown(which is still there. The 16 bus ran to Kilburn where I went to school from 11yrs-16 yrs. In those years the cinemas were the Ionic,the Grange the Essoldo and the State. My parents were both born in Kilburn and never moved far from their roots. When I married,I moved away to South London but I was never happy there and in 1976,I came back to North London and here I have stayed! I have returned to Mora road school and to St Michaels church,it hasn't changed much.I remember the bomb that dropped in Ivy road,killing several people.I remember the artillery battery in Gladstone Park,the collection of... Read more
My Memories of Kilburn
I was born in early 1967 and lived on malvern road kilburn till around 1975
then my parents moved to kilburn square, where we lived in rathbone house till 1980 and moved to kensal green.
my memory of growing up in kilburn was a mixture of tears and joys...tears because as common for most children i bunked school and got many a hiding for my neglect...my joys came in the form of long summer holidays spent playing with my friends around the estate.
also i fell in love for the first time in about 1978 which i remember was a wonderful feeling i will never forget.
i rarely visit kilburn these days but i remain fond of it.
Looking For Tommy Roach
Hi, I am looking for Tommy Roach and Willy Watts (think Willy lived in Albert or Denmark Road). Back in the day they used to meet in a cafe off of Queens Park Station. I am doing this for my brother-in-law, Roy Langdale, he married Pat Kane. I know it is not much to go on yet, will try and find out more.
Saturday Girl in Snows The Bakers.
I worked for 3 years as a Saturday girl in Snows the bakers (in fact the head office at the time) at the Brondesbury end of Kilburn High Road. It was not far from the Foresters Hall which I understand is now a small theatre. During the school holidays I used to sometimes work at the other branch at the bottom end of Kilburn High Road or some of the other branches including Shepherds Bush and the one near the market not far from Notting Hill. I remember B.B.Evans, Hardyments the hardware store; also the cinemas - State, Grange & the Essoldo which was the Kilburn Empire before that. Sometimes we used to go to the cinema - the Queens in Cricklewood. In Kilburn there were also 2 branches of Sainsburys. Also there were many market stalls down the bottom end of the High Road. The local buses going to Marble Arch or Victoria or the City were Nos. 8, 16,142, 60,... Read more
Does anyone remember the stage in Grange Park? On a Friday evening they used to put plays or musicals on. Kids weren't let in until they were a certain age and they had to be accompanied by one or both of their parents. On Saturdays they used to put on childrens shows and if you wanted to participate you had to sing a song or recite a poem and you won a book. I remember standing up and singing for Ireland..Hahaha just to get a book. Do you also remember 'Saturday Morning pictures'? At the end of the film you could participate in a dancing competition and win a prize too. Obviously everyone did The Twist.
Good Old Days
I often think back to the days of going around on my Raleigh Grifter, all my other friends on their choppers or a Raleigh Burner if you were really rich! We used to cycle up to Webheath Estate and think we were the coolest kids on the block, we had some laughs up there chasing after each other. Cotleigh Rd was my manor, NW6, swimming in Swiss Cottage with the choice of 3 pools. I moved back to Ireland with my parents in 1983, I was 12 years of age and lost contact with my best friend, Sammy Alamba who lived down the road from me. If anyone knows Sammy it would be great to get in touch.
Memories of Kilburn
Born of Irish immigrants in 1951, maiden name Power, I lived in Maygrove Rd and used to visit Timms sweet shop alot. I went to Kingsgate School and the Grange Park most lunch times, and every Sunday I had to attend mass at Quex Rd Church. My parents used to go to the Black Lion pub most Saturdays and my father used to also go to the North London pub. On Sunday evenings I used to go to the State cinema and also the Grange if I wanted to see a horror movie, as it was always darker inside the Grange, and if enough money was there, chips and a pickle onion on the way home, very happy times.
I lived at 68 Albert Road from about 1953 until they knocked the street down and we all moved up to the flats at the top of the road. It was a great place to be a kid, we still had the bomb site at the back of the gardens in between Albert and Denmark Road. We lived just opposite the pub and the dairy, Lionel ran the dairy for years. The Smiths, Terry and Tony lived next door to us and the Creans and Smoulders lived in the same house, there was a girl called Bunty living opposite. The doctors' surgery was down the end, there was a wonderful doctor called Doctor Gordon and one called Dr. Lusty. I remember the Holders, there were loads of them, I think one of them had a dog called Omo, called after a washing powder of the day. Being of Irish origin I went to St Mary's School in Granville Road, near to the public baths, we used... Read more
My name is Brian Scott, I lived at number 76 Albert Road during the period 1950-59. Next door to us lived the Beardons, opposite lived the Smiths and the Tylers, next to them the Deveraux. On the next street down lived the Boggins. I also had friends in Charlton House (built after a doodlebug flattened the previous houses). When I left 76 Albert Road in 1959, the doors and walls were still cracked following the doodlebug! If anyone is in contact with anyone mentioned, please get in touch. Regards, Brian Scott
Growing up in Maygrove Road by Carole Prebble
I was born in New End Hospital, Hampstead. My family lived at 92 Maygrove Road, Kilburn and my dad and his brothers and sister were all born a bit further up the road. I remember Timms Shop which sold just about everything you needed. Mr Timms always wore shorts, Mr Punter served the papers. The other end of the road which joined Iveson Road was a shop where I was sent for Golden Syrup. I worked at F J Lewis in Maygrove Road, the building is still there, just across the road from our house. As kids we were allowed to go to the roof garden at the top of this building, we thought it was magical. Mr Lewis loved gardening and he had a wonderful garden up there. I remember the little park in Iveson Road right next to the railway lines. Saturdays were a trip to the shops and BB Evans on Kilburn High Road was my favourite, especially at Christmas. The Classic cinema near Kilburn Railway bridge, the Grange Park... Read more
My grandparents and all their 11 children (including my father) were born and lived for many years in Albert Road, Kilburn. I used to visit many years later and the whole house would shake when the trains went by on the line outside the kitchen window! There was no gardens and the front door opened directly onto the street - primitive in the extreme. We lived in Cricklewood and thought that was a great improvement!
Esmond Road, Kilburn
I was born at 31 Esmond Road, Kilburn in 1938. We were evacuated to Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard on and off throughout the Second World War. In 1945 we had a VE day party, of which the photo was put on the cover of Max Bygraves "Sing along a Warsong", it is right outside our house, my dad had got some pictures of the King and Queen (God knows where he got them from), my mum is holding a large white enamel ewer of orange juice, and me and my elder sister are in front of her. I went to Salusbury Road School, used to go to Saturday morning pictures at the State cinema, and sing "We come along on Saturday morning, greeting everybody with a smile". We visited the State and Grange cinemas a few times a week. I started at the age of 10 going to Madame Flavia's dance school in Quex Road, she used to have shows at the Metropolitan Theatre a couple of times a year in... Read more
A Long Shot
I loved reading the lovely memories of Kilburn. My Mother and father lived there in 1967 and some of their stories are lovely. I know this is a long shot but can anyone remember a bank advert in June 1967 for a bank offering to "Own your own home in 12 months"? The poster was on the railway bridge on Kilburn High Road. My mother and father opened a bank account in Cricklewood Broadway in 1967 but they can't remember the name of the bank. What they do remember is that there was a big advertisement across the railway bridge in Kilburn High Road (the one in the bottom of Kilburn going towards Cricklewood). It had the logo "Own your own house in 12 months" - do any of your photos have the name of the bank on it? I know it's a long shot but the bank moved in 1968 and my mother and father moved to Ireland and lost the bank book. If you could help or know... Read more
As a young child in the late 30's and early 40's, a visit to B.B.Evans Department Store in Kilburn High Road was like a visit to Aladdin's Cave. Full of all kinds of clothes and household articles and a wonderful toy department, which had an ingenious "Santa's Grotto" every Christmas. With it's stairs and lift and (literally) above all, it's utterly fascinating pneumatic payment system. Whereby your money and your bill were put in a cylinder, which was then placed into a vacuum pipe, from whence it was whisked off to who knows where and then shortly afterwards, miraculously reappeared with your change.
Kilburn High Road
My mother was brought up in Lowfield Road, so although we lived in West Hampstead, we frequently passed through it on our way to shop in Kilburn High Road. Passed through it far too slowly for my liking because my mother invariably encountered some of her friends there and she seemed to spend ages chatting with them. However, when we did finally move on, the first port of call was a sweet shop at the end of Kingsgate Road, where she would buy me my favourite "Sweet Tobacco" (long thin strips of brown coloured coconut).
As a teenager, I earned four shillings a day by assisting the milkman at weekends and with the money, bought my first bicycle from Pascall's in Kilburn High Road. Their slogan was, "Get off that bus, it will never be yours!" It was a Raliegh, with dropped handlebars, Sturmey Archer 3 speed and a hub dynamo. I bought it on Hire Purchase. Much to my mother's disapproval because... Read more
Dollis Hill Avenue
I was 6 years old and we lived close to Gladstone Park where we children would play the year round. I remember the pond, the swimming pool and the tennis courts. Then there was the scary steep hill where we played hide and seek.
Our neighbours to one side were Andrew and David Robertson and an old couple on the other side who didn't like children very much and we were three, two sisters and a younger brother, so our tennis balls were never given back! Down the road lived Anita and Gillian Stone, Susan and Micheal Welles, David Goldsmith their cousin; across the road were Linda and her twin sister (the twinnies), much younger than me. Diana Grant lived further up and her father had a gold coloured Sunbeam car and in 1957 she had a little sister called Eloise if my memory serves me right.
We went to Miss MacIntosh's school called Blenheim House School near the North Circular Road (I think). I studied with Ruth Deeks,... Read more
Life in Kilburn
I was born in 1956 in Albert Road, Kilburn and lived in the area until I was 15. I remember the community as one that was very close knit, you would walk out of your door and say hello to everyone you passed, young or old. My dad came from a large family (Holder) and we all lived within a very small radius. I was privileged to have attended St John's primary school with the fantastic and eccentric Mr Kinsman as the Head and the great Mrs Chiltern. He made school so enjoyable, I can remember making pancakes (with the help of Mr K and 'another ' kid) and jacket potatoes for the whole school in the tiny, dark staff room. He would take me out of class with another kid and get us to polish his office and have a tidy up. Mr Caldera would go mad and have a good old swear up under his breath when he done this. I'm sure many pupils would remember at the... Read more
Oh Happy Days
I was born in Kilburn in Plympton Road on 2nd May 1928 and went to school at Christ Church School and then Salisbury Road School. What a lovely place Kilburn was in those days with the iron railings and gates on every house and our mums scrubbing the steps and whiting them every week. Our front door keys were left in the locks of the front door with no problems of anybody taking advantage. All the boys and girls in Plympton Road were friends, Tommy Edwards, Richard Roberts, Desmond Mosedale, Marie Douglas from no. 7 and Doris Donaldson from no. 15 I think, the Jefferys from Plympton Avenue, Pat Penny (my first girlfriend), to name just a few. Loads of us until the war came along and we were all evacuated to different parts. Came back home and joined the Civil Defence as a messenger but did a lot of rescue work as I was small, and it is funny how all that remained in one's memory throughout all of... Read more