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Old Crouch Endians
I believe everyone who lived in Crouch End (also Muswell Hill) during the period 1941-71 were very lucky as the area offered virtually everything one would ever wish for. In fact, although I now live in Norfolk I retain very happy memories of good ol' Crouch End. My first memory of living there was playing on a carpet in my grandparent's back garden and watching a doodlebug roaring overhead, then being rushed into our air-raid shelter. I was born on 5 May 1941, a week or so prior to the end of The Blitz. I went to Rokesley School, then to Crouch End Junior School (which I hated). Then, failing the old Eleven Plus I attended Crouch End Secondary Modern where I seemed to come into my own. I featured in a number of operetta's, was vice captain of the school cricket team and of my house (HB - Household Battalion). I was a school prefect and was selected to attended the MCC cricket school at Alexandra Palace and I played for the borough of Hornsey. I also had trials for Middlesex. In my early teens any happy hours were spent on the bridge at Hornsey Railway Station collecting train numbers. Some Sunday mornings with a couple of friends, we would catch a local train from Hornsey to Kings X, after checking which engines were there and noting the numbers we'd nip on to St Pancras, Euston, Liverpool Street, then Waterloo before returning home for lunch. Thinking back, we in Crouch End were... Read more
We moved to Harlow from London in 1954 when our house was brand new. We lived in The Arkwrights and when it opened I went to St Albans Primary. Later I went to Netteswell Seondary, which has now been demolished. I have so many happy memories of growing up in Harlow, playing in Stow Woods, cycling along to different places and playing on the play area round Moot House. I also remember buying sweets, 4 for a penny, at the shop in the Stow. There was great excitement when Bill Haley appeared in the film Rock Around the Clock at the cinema.
Cinema in Graham Road?
I remember the cabin, it certainly was a treat to spend a threepenny bit on something sweet! What was the name of the cinema opposite? I know the Odeon was further up the High Road and the Essaldo was in Belmont, but can't think of the name of the Graham Road cinema - hope someone can help!
Life in The 1960's at West Buckland And at South Molton Scho
My name is William, and I lived in West Buckland, North Devon. My family moved there in about 1959 when my dad changed his job again. He worked for a local farmer for about 12 months before swapping to work for Mr and Miss Down at Gibbs farm. My life revolved around the farm it being all I wanted to do in my life. That and as I got older, a nice girl as a friend, not that I would ever admit to that as I was too shy then. After going to Filliegh School as a primary pupil I then moved up to South Molton secondary school. There I made new friends as you do but was still shy of the girls even though there were many nice looking ones. My interest was still in farming though and most of my spare time was spent there. Whilst I enjoyed my time at school including a trip to the local Bicton College, our woodworking and metalwork lessons were also good although I enjoyed most lessons in truth. However, at 15 I decided to leave school and went on a farm training course with the YMCA in the midlands and after that found work on a farm there and never returned to Devon to live. I often wonder what happened to my classmates and friends and their lives. It would be nice to know one day. In the meantime, my life goes on and there is much more to tell one... Read more
Lessingham Avenue, Tooting
Hi Mariam I remember Theresa, she was probably more in my age group (I will be 61 this year!) It seems that I can remember lots of people from back then, but didn't even realise they had sisters and brothers. Just recently I found out that my sister in law's ex-husband was the brother of one of the girls I used to go to Ensham with. I never even connected the name because I didn't know she had any brothers! Just shows you what a small world it is. I am actually off down to Streatham today to spend a few days with my sister so will probably visit the old Broadway, even though it doesn't have much character these days xx
Bussing to The Grammar
I fondly recall my days as a late 1950's pupil at the Grammar School on its hill. A bus service was used to ferry pupils like me from the more distant parts of the county. We had a mixed attendance and the headmaster was still Sidney Farrar. I recall a number of the teachers well... namely Frank Harrison (English/rugby master); Mr Hinds (maths - not surprisingly nicknamed "Alfie" from a certain well-known member of the criminal fraternity of the day and an unerring shot with the chalk!); Mr Perkins (Geography); Mr Ingle (chemistry) and a Miss Austin among others. I lived near Lacock then and spent much of my time out of school cycling the roads and lanes of the Wiltshire countryside. Later, after moving nearer to Bath, I joined the newly formed Metropolitan Police Cadet Corps (London) and set off for a life in the big city... where I still live happily in retirement - a published songwriter and poet. A long way from my less than auspicious participation "down the ranks" in Class 4D...!! But such happy days.
One Nights Stay
My name is Pamela Ross, I live in Leicestershire, 40 years ago, i went hiking around the area of Taunton, with my future husband and his friend, after getting off the train, and walking for some time, it was getting dusk and we were walking along a country lane, when we had a car pull up next to us, it may have been a mini, (probably red) this chap asked what we were doing and if we needed somewhere to stay, we had got tents, so we were trying to find somewhere to pitch our tents, so we were reluctant to get into his car, but he was very persistent and kept saying there are 3 of you, so you will be ok. so in the end we stupidly got into his car. He drove us to a cottage in West Monkton, next to a post office. He said he did not live there, he was just borrowing it, as far as i remember, (40 years ago) so hard to remember too much detail. any way he said his name was Bob. He asked me to make some beans on toast, when i was in the kitchen he came in to show me where things were. AT this point he gave me the creeps, I decided i did not want anything because the kitchen was dirty, and the draws were filthy so i made the others some but i did not even have a drink. I remember regretting coming back to... Read more
What a great picture as mother worked in the wooden ofice and i would walk from wolfe rd to meet her approx 1958 and back up ketts hill or sometimes gas hill.Happy days.If it was wet Mr Read made me go into mothers office to keep dry.
Rush Green Romford
Hi, I'm an ex Romford lad, I lived in 61 Douglas Road from 1942-1958. When I left school in 1950 I started work in the London Co-op in Park Lane as an errand boy. I bought my first bicycle from Sisselys in Rush Green, it was a Sunbeam, I had that for a good many years and went out weekends on it. I did a couple of trips to Heathrow Airport (London Airport) in those days, with a mate. After doing my National Service in the army I sold my Sunbeam and bought an NSU Quickly. Seeing the photo of Sisselys in Rush Green bought back that memory, a long time ago now.
My Birthplace. I Was Born at Risedale Nursing Home on Ô2nd of January 1945. My Father Thomas Dickinson Was A Barrovian my Mother A Londoner Evacuated From The City in The Blitz. I Got my Name in The Barrow Evening Mail as The Youngest Child to go Back Int
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