Banstead, Cricket Clubhouse c.1965

Memories of Banstead


My brother Alec (12) and I (11) were at Beecholme from January to December 1956 we were orphans our parents died 7 months apart in 1955. We were in myrtle cottage changed to Willow cottage by the childrens vote I choose Willow and was very excited they picked it. We had 2 house Mothers that we called Auntie. We went to school (...Read full memory)

After visiting my aunt and uncle who were the Matron and Superintendant of the Banstead Residential School, which was adjacent to the railway line, my mother and I would hasten along to the station to begin our journey home. If a train was drawing into the station on the way towards London mother would call down to the (...Read full memory)

The stationers referred to was Dunmores and it was a super shop with lots of children's items.

I played here from 1970 onwards. Behind the building were the public loos - the gent's smelt of wet and disinfectant. To the left of the building, and to the left of the entrance off Avenue Road was a hump, about 4 feet high with a double skin brick wall along the front. I was told it used to be a public air (...Read full memory)

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