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Memories of Purley

Purley / Woodcote 1960's

We lived at 18 The Bridle Road (off Foxley Lane) for many years. Attended Collingwood Boys' School (Wallington) - great school for punishments; Woodcote Secondary (like a ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Douglas Mitchell

Reedham Orphanage Purley

I do have some good memories of Reedham. My elder sister Suzanne and my younger sister Rosemary lived there for some years. We were born in Argentina. Who remembers Magot, ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Elizabeth Cargill

Living In Downscourt Rd C1967 1973

I lived near the top of Downscourt Rd, my back garden exiting in St James Rd. Every day I would walk up and down that hill to Roke Primary and later around the ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Simon Bull

The Grocers Next To Morgan's!

Born in 1939 and living in Banstead Road during the war, I have many memories of Purley, Croydon and Coulsdon. An alleyway ran from the High Street to the station, where ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Frances Casey

St James Youth Club

I grew up in Kenley Oak Cottages, Little Roke Road. I went to Roke Primary and Senior School. I was also a member of the St James youth club which met on Wednesday evenings and ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Barbara Dance

Swimming At Reedham Orphanage

I went to Whyteleafe Grammar school. At the time it was an all girls grammar school. We used to go on a coach to swim at Reedham Orphanage. I didn't know how to swim ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Liz Williams

I Hate Reedham

My brother and I were sent to Reedham School in 1954. We were there for two years, probably the worst two years of my life, despite being put into care at the age of five and ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Ashley Mathews

How Things Have Changed

I lived on Woodcote Valley Road from 1967 to 1989. The pictures from the 1960's is how I remember Purley - I don't recognise the place when I go back there now. The shops ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Kate Turner

Reedham Orphanage

My father died just before I was born and my mother had to put my brother and I into Reedham orphanage.  I was still on a potty as I remember complaining that I was now old ...Read full memory

A memory of Purley by Kathryn Jackson

Astoria Cinema

I was a projectionist at this cinema in the 1950s and found it a great job. Does anybody out there recall working there in those years as I would like to get in touch.

A memory of Purley by Brian Lawrence

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