Southall, Greater London
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Southall and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Life In Southall From 1930 To 1964

My family moved to Kingsley Avenue from Acton when I was four, and when I started at North Road Infants School, my mother hid me behind the blackboard and easel because I cried! But I progressed from there to the Juniors, and my friends were Harry Parker, Harry Stubbs, Pat Bailey and Billy Burke, whose small, ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by david.r.curtis

Glad To Be Gone!

I don't have many good memories of Southall. My family lived in Norwood Green when I was born in 1947 and we moved to 31 North Avenue when I was five. We had a street party for the Coronation and my father told me that it was my birthday party because I was born on June 3! It was a long time before I worked out the truth of ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by ginacoles

Early Years

SIRENS WAILING, Get up, wrap a blanket around yourself, stand on the bed and wait for Dad (Alfred Roger) or Eddith Mary (Mum) to come and go down 13 stairs and out to the shelter that was in the garden. Joyce my older sister would have already been there. Bang, clang, tin doors closing and down among the spiders. Yes I saw that ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by Allen Gough