Nostalgic memories of Burnt Oak's local history

Share your own memories of Burnt Oak and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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  • How does it feature in your personal history?
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This week's Places

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Wonderful school the only part of my schooling where I learnt and enjoyed it and had such lovely teachers Mr williams what a guy so dedicated. Loved him. And my teachers Mrs protector and Mrs chiltern pc Hayes.... I loved Mrs chilterns hair it was like silk curtain and all the kids got lost I it....wonderful days think of the people often

I forgot an important memory... I was on the swim team and who could forget that the cold water in the pool was capable of giving you a heart attack.

It seems the older you get the more important and fun it is to delve into memories. My maiden name was Duer. Here is a list of memories that include the new school as well. Loved art class and really loved the new art room where we had a great view of cows Decorating our classroom for Christmas Trying to (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember a small toyshop in the Deansbrook Road call Dodo's? I can recall it from the 60s and think it survived till the late 70s but would love to see a photo of it if anyone can point me in the right direction.

Hi there... great to read these posts. Seems like most are from alumni who attended earlier than me but clearly some of those teachers had been there forever. I started in the second year in 1964, and immediately started a friendship with another girl who also had done her first year elsewhere...her name was Marian Langdale and (...Read full memory)

Hello I attended all three of those schools at some point, I remember attending St Annunciation first as a junior. The playground was divided into two by a very low brick divider. Half for boys and half for girls. I took a 52 bus from Preston road and then another bus somewhere near Kingsbury and got off at Burnt Oak Station. This (...Read full memory)

Hi Tony Langley I remember you we lived at 262 Watling avenue we were the McMahon kids Shelagh and Jackie I remember with great fondness annunciation school but also attended at Thomas and at James VERY unhappy memories of teachers and nuns the only nun that was really kind and caring was sister Louis she always said (...Read full memory)

My dad Len Murphy ( Lenard ) lived in Portman gardens Burnt Oak with his 3 sisters Grace , Ruth , Pat & a brother Michael. Between 40s up until 50s anybody Remember him or his sisters ? My grandad was a bit of a drinker & pretty much spent half his money & life in the stag pub My grandmother had a (...Read full memory)

I was born in Kenton Middx but I lived with my gran at 45 Oldberry road,Burnt Oak,this was I n1940, I went to school at The Meads,from which I was evacuated in about 1942. Trevor Hall

The big building next to edgware hospital was for the homeless, I had a friend who lived there , must have been about 68/69