Ashford Memories

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I was born in 1950 and lived the first twenty years of my life in Acklam Road, off the Portobello Road, North Kensington. Although a deprived area, we were always happy and never ill. Does anyone else have fond (or otherwise) memories of North Kensington during this (...Read full memory)

I was born in ashford in 1953, lived there until 1973, went to the open air pool as soon as I was allowed, during the school summer holidays they ran a morning, afternoon and early evening session, and we made sure we went to every one, every day, it was a fabulous place, although we didn't (...Read full memory)

Went to Ashford Grammar School from 1949 until 1951 but don't remember anyone! I remember the open air swimming pool but I thought it was called the Lido.

I grew up in Stanhope Heath...went to junior school and Lord Knyvet's, hen Ashford Grammar. I remember the farrier, the gravel pits, the"Iraqi place". My brother and mother are buried in the cemetery. My friend was Steven Tibbles. The Pearce family lived across the street, she worked at Ashford hospital, (...Read full memory)

In about 1949 my family brought the fried fish shop at number 3 Station Approach, Ashford, Middlesex. I was about three years old at the time and my earliest memory is of driving my pedal car between the tables and chairs in the shop. My father had a secure job in the office with London Transport at (...Read full memory)

I lived in Ashford from 1946 -1955 when we moved to Australia,family name then was Jarvis. I lived in Rosary Gardens and caught the bus from the bus stop outside the church in this photo to Sunbury St.Ignatious primary school. High school was Gumley House Isleworth and the bus stop then was outside 'The Hearts of Oak' now known I believe as 'The Oaks'

Haha - yes me too! Bloody cold! Went there once on bus from Hersham, seemed to take ages and when we got there it was typical British Summer - cold, grey and windy! Shivered and was eventually hoiked out by my mum... then the massive inter-changing bus trip home! It has stayed in my mind though and I can (...Read full memory)

My last year at the Grammar School, joining the Royal Navy, in January 1955, as an Artificer Apprentice along with three other friends all from 5BF, George Evenden, Dave Alabaster and Neil Hiscock. I still have an occasional look at the School photograph trying to remember all the names. For me it was an enjoyable last year. Where are they all now!!

I was only a few years old, when we moved into White Lodge, the station house, as shown in the picture, I loved the sound of the trains stopping & starting at the platforms, the house used to shake, it was certainly a novelty, our family consisted of 4 siblings, & mum & Dad, & (...Read full memory)

I would love to see a photograph of Clarendon Road School, on its original site, before it was replaced by homes. Does anyone have any Internal or external?