Balham Memories

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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)

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)

My great grandparents had a fishmongers at 9 Bedford Hill,Balham some time after WW1 so 1918 ish. When bought it was in name of E S Churchly but they were called George Henry and Edith Annie Smith. Unfortunately they went out of business with introduction of Macfisheries and life took very bad turn. Seems it is still a (...Read full memory)

I was born in Louisville Road in 1944 . My father ,Jack, was General Manager of British Films Ltd in Balham High Road. We moved out of London shortly after I was born, but my father continued to run B Films well into the 1950's. Does anyone recall the company which produced mobile Cinema vans mainly? One of the people who (...Read full memory)

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)

My Great Uncle Bill looked after me occasionally and used to take me to a shop in the high street where I watched a train go round for a penny. My Grandparents lived just opposite us in Old Devonshire Road. This is my only memory of Balham as we moved soon after.

My grandfather bought Smiths Car Showroom after the war when it was the Green Dolphin Cafe. I can remember going to the cafe in the 1950s when I was small. I think it is now a windows showroom.

I remember living at 34 Balham High Road as a small child, with my nan, sister and some other family members - we lived above the undertakers. I recall a cafe, and my primary school was around the corner, which was called Alderbrook. My mother and her siblings also attended the same school when they were young. One of my (...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)

what a beautifull area this was back then.. its changed so much, so sad to see your birth place ruined..... Agnes Riley park so great for kids and mums n dads too , My Aunty would take me there on a Sunday morning ... it was lovely... Oh if this is progress give me the olden days every time ....