Balham, The Roundabout c.1965

Memories of Balham


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)

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)

My mother June grew up in Balham & she lived above her parents shop Bedford Hill stores. It was on Bedford Hill and backed onto Hildreth Street market. Her father was David Glicksman. I would love to locate any photos of the store or any memories.

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

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