Memories of Petts Wood

Just Pre War

My name is Peter Nutkins, I was born in 1939 and lived in Chesham Avenue for the first 24 years of my life. I worked for Arthur Black at Queensway Radio as a TV engineer for a number of years in the '50s and '60s so got to know quite a few people in the area. My earliest memories were towards the end of the war when the 94 ...Read full memory

A memory of Petts Wood by higherspence

Earliest Days

My parents and I moved to Petts Wood from London in 1932 to a new semi detatched at 53 St Johns Road.The builder was named Wostall. My Aunt, a schook teacher, also moved next door. St Johns Road then was unadopted, and at the junction of St Johns Road and Tudor Way was a stream, covered with some large logs, serving as a ...Read full memory

A memory of Petts Wood

Crescent Way 1963 To 1968

My family lived at 3 Downsway just off Southlands Avenue.  I had two older brothers when we arrived and by 1966 I had two more and a sister. My older brothers and I attended Warren Road Primary and I remember many of my old teachers and classmates.  My mother used to shop in Crecent Way Stores with Mr ...Read full memory

The Winter Of 1963 4 When Petts Wood Was Cut Off By Floods

I lived in Town Court Crescent with my parents, Norman and 'Babs' Treliving, from 1957 until 1974. The house was one of many designed by the architect Basil Scruby, whose name was carved in the wall at the back, facing onto the raised terrace. In the winter of 1963 we had severe ...Read full memory

A memory of Petts Wood by margot.rohan

My Life In Petts Wood 1936 1967

I was my parents' first child, born at a nursing home in Broxbourne Road, Orpington, in 1936. We lived in Woodhurst Avenue and my earliest recollections are of going shopping with my mother. I remember Queensway with its shops owned/run by local people - William Swift the butcher, Clare the grocer, Copeland ...Read full memory

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Later Years

I have great memories of Petts Wood - although later years than those already recorded. however I think my parents where characters within the area with both being involved in local business - Dad (John Webb) with Peter Potts had Impact Drug Store on the Queensway, which was next to Mr Newman the shoe repairer. He also ran a ...Read full memory

A memory of Petts Wood

Our First Bomb Of The War

Firstly, I must say I was prompted to write this on reading the previous article, I went to school with that writer, Alan Tutt, at Crofton lane School, in 1939 I think it was, or perhaps 1941, anyway we were just starting our schooling. The memory I write about occurred in late October 1940. In June of that year ...Read full memory

A memory of Petts Wood by gpogson

A Very Happy Childhood

I was born and brought up 8a Transmere Road. I attended Croften Infants School and then Croften Junior School. I had previously attened a nursery school in Croften Lane, I think near the infants school. I can remember my first day at infants school, having to wear a buff coloured luggage lable on a piece of hairy ...Read full memory

Bombing In Petts Wood

The night our ceiling fell in, is vivid in my memory, I lived in Fieldway, Petts Wood which backed on to Eastbury Avenue, on the night of the bombing a bomb fell in Eastbury Avenue, my parents, myself, brother, sister and an old lady from Beaumont Road were all sleeping in our Anderson shelter - the explosion ...Read full memory

Town Court Crescent

I had a friend, Eddie Barnes, who lived in Town Court Crescent. I lost touch in the mid-Fifties and have been unable to trace him. Can anyone help?

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