Upton Lea Post Office c1960, Slough
Memories of Upton Lea Post Office c1960, Slough
Upton Lea Post Office
This was our local post office; these shops were a meeting place years ago and everybody new each other then. The shops at Upton Lea then, were very clean outside. On the corner we caught the old buses, jump on & off to Slough.
We lived just down the street from this corner and it all seemed so small to me after returning from eight years in Canada. I had left England at age 5 and came back at age 13 which was quite a culture shock for me. But Slough and area became my local stomping grounds as my teenage years progressed until I returned to Canada in 1966.
Slough & local memories
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Up to the age of 10 I spent many happy hours at the Ambassador, if not watching the latest film I would be found in the projection room with my father (chief projectionist) Arthur Dednum or with my mother, Doris Dednum, in the managers office who was at that time manageress. Happy days and a lot of happy memories of the Ambo, and thanks to David Morris for remembering my father, and yes, I do remember you David. David Dednum.
The Carlton Ballroom
It was a must in the 1960's. The Carlton was in the High Street near the post office, a few steps were at the front, leading to the entrance and it was always packed. They had a bar upstairs where you stood drinking looking down over the dance floor. Also there was a long row of seats behind an arch to sit and snog, if you wanted to. There was a big glitter ball above. I remember we had all gone to Martin Fords, the womens cheap modern cloths shop to buy the latest set; a black skirt with a waistcoat with colourerd brading. My waiscoat had red brading and a white high neck frilly blouse and when the lights went on, nearly everyone had the same set on...how we laughed!
Slough Safety Town & The Teds
I remember going to Slough on a Saturday night in 1958. I was fifteen years old. My hair was well greased and combed back at the sides and ending in a D.A. at the back together a quiff at the front. I was dressed in my best jacket, which was far too big for me, but that was the style then, and with very tight drainpipe trousers. This had been done by a woman who charged me a mere five shillings for her work. I not only felt good, I looked sharp too. The effect was brought to perfection thanks to the almost new pair of crepe shoes my uncle gave me in a rare moment of generosity. I took the 81 bus to Slough and was flattered when the bus conductor told me I looked like Terry Dene, who was enjoying success at the time. I met a mate at Crown Corner who was similarly dressed, but without the... Read more
Good Old Days
Born & reared No.5 the Normans.As a teenager spent many a good great nite in the shaggy & after closing on a sunday out at the wall playing pitch & toss.Had some wonderful friends Upton lee shopping parade, the co op shop, post office , The little shoe shop come fishing tackle shop.Great memories.Moved to Ireland 74 big changes.
Used to go to Saturday morning pictures. My dad, Jimmy Williams, was a projectionist there, and both my mum and my nan worked there; they had the torch to show you to your seat. Films like Zorro and Old Mother Riley were on. Also down the Farnham Road was a Cafe called Taste Freez, a haunt for Saturdays. Later as I grew up, went to William Penn, and used to go from school to my bike delivery job at Darvilles, just along from Slough Record Centre. Good old Ray, delivering groceries...and then might go down the Snooker Hall (now Iceland). I also remember where BetFred is now, used to be a Burger Restaurant, called Crocketts. It was 30 years before McDonalds or Burger King, didn't last a year, but somebody had the idea... just too early. I wonder if they went on to be successful? Probably owns 20 McDonald Franchises....great times.
Until 1960 our family lived on the High Street, above the newspaper offices, where my father worked. I have a lasting memory of walking down the High Street with my mother and little brother, when a tramp came out of a cafe with a large brown paper bag. He took a bread roll out of the bag and bit into it. It must not have been to his liking as he kicked the bag and rolls high into the air, scattering them all over the pavement!
I was an apprentice at the Rheostatic Co (later Satchwell Controls) from 59 to 64 and I was the apprentice's entertainments organiser from around 60 to 63 and I organised quarterly dances at the Adelphi Ballroom; they were always sold out. Gordon Reece or Rees and the Adelphians were the band. They were good musicians but struggled early on to adapt to up tempo rock and roll tunes and for some time Moon River was up tempo for them. The lads would spend most of the evening in the bar gaining dutch courage to ask a girl for a dance, usually the last waltz around 11-45. The sprung floor took some getting used to, especially if you had had a few. The first stage show I went to at the Adelphi which would have been around 1958 was a pantomime starring Bob Cort and his Skiffle band. Later on I saw Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, Everly Bros, The Beatles in 63 at the start of their 1st British Tour, Gene Pitney... Read more
Dance Halls in Slough
Does any one remember going dancing on Sunday afternoon/evening at Suters in Slough High Street in 1960/61? Also dancing at the Adelphi ballroom where I learnt the Twist! My friend and I also used to travel on the 457(?) bus to Uxbridge to a dance above Burtons. Often Brian Poole and the Tremeloes would be playing there, it was a great venue.
The Co-Op Dairy
I have some good memories of Slough High St. My dad worked for co-op as milkman, he had a horse drawn wagon. The horses used to be stabled behind the old Co-op department store on the corner of the Grove. I used to go with my dad to the stables. When the co-op retired the horses my dad went to work for Neville & Grffin - he used to deliver milk all round the Upton Court Estate with an electric hand cart. As I reached my teens I used go out on a Sunday morning and help him. I used to meet my boyfriend (my husband) on the crown corner most Friday nights, then we would go to the Granada cinema. I have seen some of the changes to Slough over the years. When we married we moved to Burnham, when my husband retired we moved to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, but still return to Slough often as we both still have family there.... Read more
My Ambassador Cinema
The moment this photo was taken I was most probably working in the projection room at the Ambo'.I would love to know what film was being shown. I started at the cinema when I was 12 years old,stoking the boilers and being a general "go fore" after school which was William Penn Senior. The chief Projectionist was the great Arthur Dednum who was much admired by everyone. I was born and lived in Cumberland Avenue, just a few minutes walk to the cinema. I have so many happy memories, I even bought this framed photo to remind me of those wonderful times.
The Munich Disaster
Ouch! Someone mentioned the old Library in William Street. On the way home from Langley Grammar a few of us used to go to the Library to do our homework before travelling on (me on the 460 to Wraysbury). Outside the Library was a newspaper board and I vividly remember that the board showed that the Manchester United team had been involved in an air crash. Having seen the great Duncan Edwards play and, like a lot of youngsters then, been enthralled by the "Busby Babes" (it's not easy to realise nowadays what effect this young team had, it was the beginning of the United legend and the majority of folk loved them - honestly!) I was stunned then and couldn't believe what I heard later. A lot of people (apparently) know where they were when they heard about JFK's death but I remember where I was when I heard about the Munich Air Crash.
Central Hall And The Coop
Methodist Central Hall and Co-op on right, the Co-op were good tailors and barbers. I got a prize as a kid, presented at Central Hall by George Cansdale (an early TV animal presenter) for designing a National Savings poster.
The Foresters on The Left
In front is the Crown PH. Later Slough College was built behind the left hand side, in the 60's when we were at the College we used to eat at The Foresters, a pub on the left, pie mash & beans and a light and lime (sorry!) cost 2/6d! a bit further on there was an arch to the open market, you could walk thru and out onto Wlliam St (?) I remember the army surplus shop in there.
I lived in Upton Park throughout my childhood and also attended St Mary's School in Herschel Street. I also recall regular visits to the ABC cafe after school in my teens. The Crown Hotel was just about opposite the ABC, on the corner of the High Street. The Granada Cinema was a favourite haunt, as was the Adelphi where I first saw the Beatles. I had a Saturday job in Timothy Whites the chemist in the High Street and also when it was taken over by Boots. I also recall Wigglesworth and the 'hole in the wall' greengrocers next to it. Also the 'supermarket' David Greigs in the High Street and MacFisheries. Happy days!
There was a little pet shop in Chandos Street. I bought a kitten there for half a crown and took her home to our house in the Uxbridge Road. My parents were very annoyed and I had to return her. In this picture is Crown Corner, the road to the left is the Windsor Road. Chandos Street would be behind the photographer to the right. I was born in Slough in 1951, we lived first at 27 Lascelles Road, I remember vividly riding my tricycle up and down it, and left there when I was 8. We then moved to a bungalow, 41 Uxbridge Road, now under a roundabout, and then to 8 Wexham Road when I was 14. My parents lived there till their deaths and I lived on in the house after my father died till 2001. I went to St Mary's, Herschel Street, then to Slough High, a building I dreamed about fo r many years, until I finally paid a visit there to find the school... Read more
I lived on Lancaster Ave from 1941-58 and spent many happy Saturday afternoons at The Odeon theatre at "the matinees". I also worked at Perks grocery store from the time I was 13 until I left school. Perks would have been in the left hand corner of this picture. We had no money but we were happy nevertheless...didn't realize that we were poor! My maiden name was Bamborough.
My Grandparents' Pub
I remember the Shaggy Calf well, my grandparents Maurice and Beryl (Billy) Harris took over as landlords the day that I was born, 11 March 1958. It was always a popular pub, absolutely fantastic for a kid when my brothers and I used to visit, huge rooms, lots of corridors and a wide magnificent stairway, (it was orignally a hotel), what with the distinctive wonderful smell of a pub, playing with the pub's dogs (a Yorkshire Terrier nick-named Tattie, but not with guard dog a Bull-Mastiff called Chopper), it is an image that has stayed with me for all my life.
SLOUGH HIGH STREET - PARK STREET & CHANDOS ROAD
Hi, I am researching my family tree and am trying to locate Chandos Road and Unity Cottages in Park Street. I believe that Chandos Road was knocked down when the Queensmere Centre was built. I wondered if anyone knew which two roads leading on to the High Street are shown in this picture - I'm hoping they may be the two roads I am looking for - I understand they were nearly opposite each other on the High Street. In the 1911 census, my Grandfather lived at 42 Chandos Road and my Grandmother lived in 4 Unity Cottages, Park Street. I'm also keen to locate Nash's Cottages in Wexham Road (Nan was born there in 1903). My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, if anyone can help I would be very grateful. Thank you, Jan.
Slough Post Office
1958 was the year I passed my motorcycle test and became a boy messenger, or telegram boy, working out of the the GPO head office in the high street, riding the iconic red BSA Bantam motorbikes. It was good at the time, and the experience only gets better with the passing of the years. Golden days.
Slough, Bucks And Denham Middlesex
I was born in Slough in 1938. It was in Buckinghamshire then. I eventually lived in Denham, Buckinghamshire (see my posting for Memories of Denham in the Middlesex listing). Since I left England in 1959, the changes seem to have been significant - my birth city and home village have changed counties, the currency has changed but life has moved on and the whole world has changed it seems. My last visit to Slough was in 1996 and even some of the streets and roadways have been re-routed and changed in my 30 years away. My school, Slough Technical, was once called Tonman Mosely and now that has gone and a new, doubtless better school has replaced it. The face of Slough and its population was so very different that I was in somewhat of a shock to see how the town had changed so much. I think I prefer the old Slough and Farnham Common where I spent my very early... Read more
Taking A Tumble in 1960
Seeing this photo bought back painful memories! The year before this photo was taken I was in my usual rush to get from Slough Technical School to my home in Langley. This meant changing buses in Slough and if you were very lucky you could get off one bus and straight onto another. This day however, I saw a number 81 bus picking up riders at the Crown corner in the centre of town. I leapt off my bus and made a mad dash across the road, no doubt giving some drivers a bit of a scare in the process, and made a wild grab for the handle at the back of the bus as it pulled away. Unfortunately I just didn't have the strength to make that last jump onto the platform and had to let go. That was when my foot caught in a paving stone and I must have made a spectaular sight as I rolled over and over down the pavement. What hurt the most was... Read more
Harrington And Lake
My parents, Doug Harrington and Betty Lake, met in Slough and married in 1948. Does anyone remember them?
Fred Marsh & Son Turf Accountants Circa 1936-1972
I believe that the original 'Fred' was an alias for a Elias Marsh b.1895, a coal miner from Crook, County Durham. It is said that he walked to Slough around the time of the Jarrow marches. He is known to have 'run a book' amongst his mining workmates. The post 1937 electoral role records him as living at at 15 & 17 Wellington Street, Slough - he died in 1960. His widow, Lily, was then still living at 17 Wellington Street. She may have died in Reading and Wokingham in 1990 but that is not certain. Before her death, the managing directorship of F. Marsh & Son was taken over by their son Ramsey (b1923) who lived near St Leonards Hill, Windsor from about 1968-1971 - he died in 1985 in Camden/Swiss Cottage. In the course of this research, if completed, should make for some pretty interesting reading about human endeavour and waywardness. I have come tantalisingly close to learning more. Unfortunately death due to old age has beaten me.... Read more
It was the Cortina, not the Cantata. It was owned by my dad, Tony, and I'm really interested in hearing any memories people have of their time there, as he passed away last year.
Slough High School For Girls
I went to that school from September 1939 till December 1945. Can anyone remember the awful smelling oil based smoke screens that were the other side of Bath road during the war years. My maiden name was Davies. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Chemist in High Street 1940/50s
Many many years ago, I can remember large queues outside a "chemist" type shop at the far end of the High Street, especially on a Saturday morning. I believe he sold a patent type product that was supposed to help with ulcers. I think the shop had a couple of steps at the front and was somewhere near Bucks music store. PLEASE, please can anyone remember the name of the shop and the man who ran it? Many many thanks.
PARK STREET/CHAPEL STREET
I wanted to try to get in touch with Mick Carpenter who sent me a message via this site, but I can't seem to access the message at all - wondered if you were Mick Carpenter, son of Cissy & James Carpenter - if so, we're related - my Nan, Lou Swadling nee Piggott was one of Cissy's sisters. I've recently been in touch with Tony and his daughter, Tracey. My email address is email@example.com - please get in touch if this is you. I'd also love to hear from anyone else who remembers either the Piggotts or Swadlings - my nan, Caroline Louisa (Lou) Piggott (born 1903) married William Charles Swadling (born 1904) and they lived for a long time at 21 Beaumont Road, Slough. Thanks, Jan (daughter of John Anderson and Betty Swadling).