Balham, High Road c.1965

Memories of Balham


I lived in Balham from 1947 to 1967, and recall two ballrooms. The first being directly opposite Balham underground station, above the ABC café on the corner of Chestnut Grove. It was owned by a guy called Sydney Francis and titled as such. The other dance hall was located along Balham high road, (opposite Du Cane Court (...Read full memory)

Balham 1947-1964 I was born in Lynn Road 1947, we lived in a maisonette that was what was called derequisioned. I went to Alderbrook school then Garrett Green. Lived there with my mum Gladys dad Norman brother John and sister Jennifer. Our Dad died in 1955 .I used go to Bonniville guides and ballroom dance lessons on Saturday morning in Balham High Road My name was Pat king now Pat Holland.

I am trying to contact someone who lived in and around the Mayford Rd area during the 50's and remembers in particular the Coronation and the street parties circa 1953 and any photographs taken during this period. I remember fondly the shops up and down Mayford Road, there was Goffin the (...Read full memory)

When I was a child I would visit my grandparents in Mitcham. My grandfather had his own wireless and accumulator shop in Balham/Tooting area. It was a tiny shop, in a very poor area, probably only big enough for two or three people which he would lock up each night. He had a bike with a side car which he would use to deliver/return accumulators to his customers.

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