Balham Memories

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Whilst living in Sarsfeld Road, I went to St Mary's Cof E School in Balham High Road from 1959-1965. Mr Scott was the Head Teacher and my favourite teachers were Mr Hall and Mr Jenkins.

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)

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)

My Aunt & Uncle (Ella & Cecil Forbes) lived in a two bedroom flat in Park Court in Balham Park Road from 1948 & throughout the 1950s and I spent much time staying with them as my parents ran pubs in The City. Uncle Cecil worked for Mullards as an engineering draughtsman and Auntie Ella was a (...Read full memory)

I lived in Balham from the year I was born until 1963 when my family moved. I went to Henry Cavendish School and remember the swimming pool being built after a lot of fund raising. Mr Bassett was the music teacher and wrote many musicals performed by pupils. I lived in Rossiter Road, my maternal grandparents lived in Cavendish Road (...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)

My name was Ann Lawrance I lived in a prefab in Calbourne Road from 1945 till about 1956 I went to Hernvile Primary School then Honeywell Secondary school in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building which I loved I remember Michel Sinate next (...Read full memory)

I started at Hernville Road School when I was 5 in 1937 and when war broke out in 1939 we happened to be staying with my grandfather so I didn't get evacuated with the school. BUT prior to that, I have a vivid memory of being assembled and waiting in the school hall with an eiderdown fastened up with a (...Read full memory)

I lived in these flats from 1955 until 1967, went to Alderbroook school from 1956 till 1961,Mr fuller was my teacher in my final year,went back to his house once to see the boat he had built, his mum was there looked just like him without the mouse tach or motorbike left Balham in 1967 good memories

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)