Aldershot, High Street 1938

Memories of Aldershot


I learnt to swim at the "command baths" in Aldershot in the 1960s. It was a very old building and very cold. I hated the lessons as the instructors used to have a long stick to push you back into centre of the pool. I now know why I hate swimming!

See my memory regarding this wonderful old bit of Victorian architecture, linked to the 1891 photograph of the Cambridge. In my day, 1969, it was mostly full of civilian patients although there was a fair sprinkling of families, car accident victims and some military having tatoos removed (one having 'hate' removed (...Read full memory)

I started working at the Odeon in 1967 as a projectionist, and the first film I showed there was the original Casino Royale. The screen curtains were made of a heavy velvet with weights at the bottom, but with the lilac coloured spot lights on them, they looked like silk as they opened and closed.It was always a lovely building, and it looks even more beautiful today as The Kings Centre.

Remember this hospital well.In 1952 had my appendix out. In there for 7 days. Boy in the next bed kept telling me jokes which made me laugh but hurt my stitches like hell. In 1965 my son of 4 weeks had to go in this hospital to have a small abscess removed from his neck.WE looked at this little mite through the window (...Read full memory)

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