Balham, Atkins Road And Agnes Riley Gardens c.1960

Memories of Balham


My Mum, Dad and I moved to the new council houses in Boundaries Road (built on a bombsite) in 1957 when I was 1 year old, so obviously my first memories are of Balham. Dad went to work and Mum and I went shopping every day. These are some of the shops I remember; there was Alfie the greengrocer just by the railway bridge at the (...Read full memory)

I was christened, married and my daughter was also christened in this church. It has fond memories for me.

I lived in Balham on Carminia Road from 1940 to 1948 and then moved to Slough. I remember the V1 and V2 attacks towards the end of the war and the gas masks us kids carried around with us all the time. On Bedford Hill I remember the motorcycle shop, the ironmongers and the Covered-in Market which I always thought was the " (...Read full memory)

I lived in Balham during the Blitz and Mum and my brother Ralph lived in Westlands Tce, which was bombed around 1944, maybe earlier. My dad was serving in the Navy. My brother was in a boarding school in the country as he was asthmatic, but Mum and I were in the home. I was driven to a local Rest Centre and Mum followed. (...Read full memory)

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