Nostalgic memories of Acton's local history

Share your own memories of Acton and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

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I was born in 1946 and raised in west Acton. Went to John Perrin school and yes the head master was a piece of work, I think he was called Mr. Hatfield. When I was 8 my parents finally agreed to allow me to have my ears pierced after me begging to have it done for a very long time, on the condition that if it hurt having the first (...Read full memory)

dear helen, searching for info on the bromyard avenue school i came across your piece about goodhall street. everyone who lived in stephenson street, goodhall street, and old oak lane cottages, as they were called, had a connection with the railway. my dad was a signalman in the box at willesden junction situated at the end of (...Read full memory)

Hi, I lived in Mill Hill Road Acton for 8 years as a child in the 1950’s and remember all the shops in the High Street, all except one, the department store/ haberdashery shop on the corner of Market Place and the High Street. They used to have a strange pulley system where cash was put in a container for your purchases (...Read full memory)

I lived in The Vale flats from 1953. First in Beech Avenue and then Larch Avenue. I first went to East Acton school before John Perryn and finally Bromyard Avenue, which was later renamed Faraday School just before I left in 1966. I enjoyed my time in the area before leaving to join the Royal Navy in 1967. I remember the (...Read full memory)

Hi all I lived in Vale grove Acton and enjoyed good times in Acton park I remember Sean Connery house. Churchfield road grocery store my uncle managed playing on the railway crossing gates etc Saturday morn pic odean & Granada

I lived in the vale it was really nice in 1960 very cleannot like now every one was happy we maynot of had much but we had fun.I remember the hall in the vale also people used to hire it out.the shops across the road there was a butchers paper shop chemist and buses across the road.good memories.but I married and moved to australia (...Read full memory)

My father was a train driver and I was born in Railway Cottages Goodhall Street Willesden Junction 1945 which came under Acton and lived there until I got married in 1966. I went to Acton Wells school from infants until I was 11 unfortunately I had a head injury when I was 10 from falling off a dustcart which I was having (...Read full memory)

I have always been proud to be called an old Actonian and lived there through the forties, fifties and early sixties, returning regularly to visit my mother until she sadly passed some years ago. I went to John Perryn Infant & Junior School and very happy times they were. My church was St Dunstan's at East Acton where I (...Read full memory)

I remember my friends and I would go swimming at Acton Baths and afterwards the lady in the tiny ticket office would make us a cup of Bovril with her kettle, for the grand sum of one penny. And after that? Sixpence worth of chips of course... happy days.

My parents were both brought up in the Chiswick/Bedford Park/South Acton area. I was born in 1935 and spent my early years living on the Great West Road near to the Gillette factory. During WWII I spent much time visiting my grandparents in Binns Road. I have great memories of "beach combing" with my grandad on the Thames (...Read full memory)