Memories of Southall

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

Southall

I lived in Southall from April 1943 to May 1960, all my young life was spent there. Among the many good memories was the 1953 Coronation with all the excitement of sweets off ration and TV. We had our party in 2 canvas workman's tents from G. Wimpeys, Lancaster Road, Southall. The party was held in Lynwood Gardens off Lady ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by Denis Sexton

My Childhood In Southall

Another thing that I remember was bath night. Notice I said night and not nights!! We had a tin bath which had to be filled up by boiling kettles and saucepans. My young brother would go in first, then me, after me was mummy, and last was daddy!! What ever would health and safety have to say about that today!! ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by Janet Moran

My Memories Of Southall

I lived on the Golf Links estate from 1948 -1970, first at 6 Osborne Road in the prefabs then 11, St. Andrews Tower. I went to Dormers Wells schools and started work in 1964 at Thomas Claytons. I would go shopping on Saturdays with my friend Cath. We would go to the market or into Ealing. We both made coffee at the ...Read full memory

A memory of Southall by Lynette Ware

Football Ground.

Re the football ground off Western Rd. I believe this was used in the Minder episode; 'Last orders at the Winchester', filmed shortly before the site was redeveloped in the early 90's. The gasometer looms large in the background. Does anyone remember the filming taking place? Watch the episode for some happy memories Thanks......Roy.

A memory of Southall by Roy Pryer

Open Air Pool

I worked as a lifeguard there for the Summer of 1974. I loved working for the manager called Colin Nancarrow an ex PT Army Instructor. He was a very easy-going, nice guy. We set up the trampoline out in the park to drum up some business and he taught myself and a great local guy called Chris a lot of moves. I was down from ...Read full memory

Old Southall

Yes the bakers was Parkers, but before that it was called "Fowlers" and that name was in the mosaic floor in their doorway. They used to do lovely cream cakes. My mum who had moved to Southall in 1932, went to Western Road School just round the corner from Derley Road where she lived. I followed in her footsteps and also ...Read full memory

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