Ashtead, West Farm Avenue c.1960

Memories of Ashtead


This photograph brings back memories of my very happy childhood in Ashtead between 1944 and 1964 when I went off to join the met Police and live in London. In particular, the shop on the extreme right was Baldwins an old style personal service grocers that my Father Frank Simmons used to manage. He let me work there as (...Read full memory)

I lived in Ashtead from the 1960s to about 1972 when my parents went back to Ireland. I went to St. Peters Primary School Leatherhead for two years,. This is a list of pals I used to hang out with back in the day. My first name is actually Joe but sometimes I use my given name to track (...Read full memory)

The petrol station on the right is where my mum bought her first car, a standard 8. I was 3 at the time and remember sitting in the back [no child restraints of course] while she test drove it. I can still remember the smell of Gadsbey's, the delicatescent on the left. The pet shop/ garden equipment shop, 2nd on the left, (...Read full memory)

My great Grandfather moved here around 1914 and we have pictures of the family at the house, plus a few sketches by my Great great Uncle, however I can find no trace of this property from internet searches. From images that we have, it is very similar in style to the house on the corner of Barnett Wood Lane and (...Read full memory)

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