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I was at the school from 1929/1939. My name is Stanley Thomas, I would like to be in touch with anyone who was there at the same time. When the Second World War broke out we were evacuated to Reigate, Surrey. I remember Reginald Boulton, David Seeley, William Lee, Cyril Seeley. If any of you are (...Read full memory)

I too remember the book shop. It was actually called the Ibis Library and was owned by Martin Gough. He sold a selection of records as well as books and if you wished to listen to some music before buying a record, as was then the custom, Martin had made a makeshift 'listening booth' which was actually under the (...Read full memory)

My Great Uncle Reg was committed and sent to Banstead Asylum in 1920. I don't know how long he was there, but it may have only been for a few years. I believe the cause of his problems were as a result of being gassed in France during WW1. I shall go to to the LMA for any detail they may have, but if anyone can (...Read full memory)

Note in this photo that the war memorial has been moved back and the wall lowered. Flats have been built on the Banstead house site. You could always see the green houses over the high wall from the top of the 164a bus. The corner shop, which I think used to be a bakery (top left) has gone and the road widened. The (...Read full memory)

Hi I personally do not have a memory of Banstead Asylum - but I am looking for any details that anyone can give me of it in the 1950's. I am trying to trace anyone who worked there, or relatives of anyone who worked there. My gran died there in 1956, unfortunately my father was adopted at (...Read full memory)

I think the stationers you refer to was called Rossiters. I used to live above a shop called the Gallery at the time (later Midas) opposite the Baptist church, but remember going there to get a Helix maths set when I went into Mr Connoley's class at Banstead Junior School. Pete Chapman

I cannot remember the exact year but it was very cold. I was a TV repair man at Raylec in the High Street and we had a call from a doctor living in a house at the Asylum. She complained that the picture on her Bush TV was very small. I could find nothing wrong with the TV and then noticed that (...Read full memory)

I worked as a Saturday girl at the hairdressers opposite the church in Banstead High Street when I was 15 in 1969. It was called Nicolette then and I worked for Margaret and her mother Mrs Anscombe. Margaret was a lovely boss, she taught me many things. The salon seemed huge to me in those days, (...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)

There was a high class stationers which opened around the late 1960s on the site currently occupied by by Mad Lilies florist. They used to stock artist materials and Rowney pencils which as a growing child I used to admire greatly and saved pocket money diligently to buy them. It was a lovely shop to look around, (...Read full memory)