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Caption for Burnt Oak, Watling Avenue C1955: Watling Avenue buzzes with activity. Street traders do good business, and upmarket shops, such as Dorothy Perkins, are willing to occupy comparatively small units. Dorothy Perkins has gone now, and the street seems to have lost its commercial edge.

Memories of Burnt Oak, Watling Avenue c1955

I passed the 11+ in 1952 and started Grammar school in Sept that year at Orange Hill Girls' Grammar. I caught the 140 bus from Streatfield Road, Kenton every day for 5 years which is when I left with 8 O levels and a choice of jobs. The buses were always full when they got to my stop and I often used (...Read full memory)

I remember Tonis Ice Cream, Rosins the Baker, Genners toy shop, Pegglies Bike and Sports shop, Endines for Leather, Wilsons the Green Grocer and the long line ups for those ever so rare oranges, Watlings the tool shop and of course the Co-Op. I remember the shot down Messerschmitt displayed at the corner of Watling (...Read full memory)

I was born in 1938 in London. My parents moved to Burnt Oak when I was 3. The Second World War made a big impression on me. I remember having to sleep in an indoor steel cage. Other times we had to dash over to the air raid shelters in Watling Park, carrying our bedding with us. The shelters were long, like (...Read full memory)

I can recall belonging to the Colchester Road Gang, we consisted of boys and girls keen on adventures. We used to travel miles with a bicycle wheel rim and a stick and roamed miles around the area, we also had adventures in Moat Mount and Scratch Woods. We camped and tracked each other. We also had Willow Wars with (...Read full memory)

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