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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)

I knew a Michelle Wheeler of Clockhouse Lane who went to Echelford (spelling?) School 1949 - 1953. I was born in Chattern Road, Ashford in March 1942 and left Ashford Grammar at dead on 15 in 1957. Now a widower living in Gosport. My late sister, Pat Langley, was also at Ashford County but a couple of years before me. Happy days (except for the cane!)

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!!

Ernest Walter Budd attended Ashford Grammar from 1933 to 1938 whilst living in Ashford Common. The headteacher was Mr Adams. He was in the fever hospital during 1933 suffering from diptheria, and again in 1934 with scarlet fever. He is still in contact with Lois Richmond (nee Harrison) who (...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?

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'

I went to Ashford Grammar School and before that Echelford. We used to go to that freezing cold swimming pool!. We had to jump in. I lived in Manor Road opposite the golf course. My sisters and brother and our friends spent many hours playing on the golf course, climbing trees, finding golf balls and selling (...Read full memory)

I remember visiting this open air pool many times, I also remember how cold it was. Flats now stand where the pool was.

I was a boarder at WGS from 1957 to 1964 and it doesn't live in my mind as the happiest place in the world - but there were plenty of girls who did love it, I remember. I was only thinking of it yesterday, Remembrance Sunday, because that was the one Sunday of the year we were arranged around the War (...Read full memory)