Nostalgic memories of Addiscombe's local history
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Yes I remember going over from the junior school to pick up the lunch money from the golf club. I lived in Coleridge rd and I was 10 years old. Form junior school a also went to the secondary school that was in 1957 and was in Mr Royals class. After finishing school our family emigrated to Australia where I am now in Adelide Iam now 73 years old
There was a school near Coombe Woods for children that had hearing and speech problems does anyone remember the name ? My friend Mary Casilden mother used to work there. We attended Shirley Secondary School and lived on The Shrublands Estate Shirley off of Bridle Road. I worked Saturdays in a (...Read full memory)
I was actually born in KCH in the 1960's , but my parents lived in Grange Road, Upper Norwood - and that is where I spent my childhood. Went to All Saints School, Westwood and Lady Edridge Schools. Lessons with the boys from Stanley Technical College in the 6th form! Remember some teachers at All Saints - Mr Woods, Mr (...Read full memory)
My grandparents lived at 36 Kingscote Road and during the war my mother lived with them while my father was away. In the middle of the night in September 1940 a 500 lb bomb landed opposite and failed to go off. My mother and two young children aged 3 and 1 were told to immediately evacuate and take refuge in St Mildred's. (...Read full memory)
There seemed to be a lot of eccentric characters around in those days. Old blokes with strange shaped polished bald heads (these were the days when it was the older generation that were bald, just the opposite to today). In the congregation at St James Church, and also upstairs in Lyons tea house (next (...Read full memory)
Mother Danced in Crepe de Chine They sat me on an ostrich for the man to cut my hair At Kennard’s store in Croydon, I used to love it there. There were parrots doing fancy tricks And model gnomes and elves, Who lived inside the window land In front of half stocked shelves. They had a moving (...Read full memory)
Please someone do tell me the name of the energetic little lady who taught us all ballroom dancing in a first floor room in Purley. I am wirting my memoirs and her name is on the tip of my tongue but I cannot quite get it. I well remember a young boy who would regularly come up, stand in front of me, jerk (...Read full memory)
...how prominent the church was in the 1965 landscape, before the trees grew. I was a choirboy at St Mildreds in 1965 and used to live in Kingscote Road throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. 2s6d fee for weddings, I recall. 90 degrees to the right of the photographer who took the Church photo, was Bingham Road Rec. The (...Read full memory)
I lived at 2 Fullerton Road from 1956-1965, it was a cul-de-sac in those days. It was lined with Plain Trees with sticky leaves. There were a couple of factories at the end on the left hand side, the names fail me now. Garages were at the bottom of the road that backed onto gardens of big houses. Roy Turner, (...Read full memory)
I was born and lived for 12 years of my life in Fullerton Road, I lived with my parents sister and brother in my nan's house number 19. My uncle and aunt lived at the bottom of the cul-de-sac, I had an aunt in Stretton Road opposite St Martin's Church, which I believe has been demolished!! We, as children had great fun (...Read full memory)