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Egham 1960 Onwards - a Memory of Egham.

I was born in 1960 in Delham Ave and grew up at 1 the Crescent with my two brothers and sister. My father, Ronald Wykes, took the steam train to Waterloo each day as he was a banker in the city. After he retired he took up a strong interest in local history by chairing the Egham Historical Society.
Egham station, had a brick engine shed and sidings for trucks in the car park. The old signal box used to operate the level crossing gates by hand. The signal man turned a big green wheel in the box and we would anticipate the gates opening by watching him. I remember the dairy where the car park now is on Church St. We used to shop at Theakers hardware, Bennets for fresh warm bread, David Greg's and another butcher further down the high street opposite Walnut Tree Gardens. The was a fish monger and a sweet shop the 'Candy shop' (perhaps), on station road near the Ladybird shop.
Simon Wykes, my brother, and I took the green 441 double decker from Egham to Englefield Green to school at St Cuthburts. The fare was 3D. Often we would walk home down Egham hill. Sunday lunch time my father and my granddad would have a beer at the Anglers hotel, long gone, replaced by the Runnymede hotel.
I have lived in the US for 20 years and on occasion go back to see my brother who still lives in Egham. Very sad how it has changed for the worse. Congestion, over populated, everyone's garden is a parking lot. Most shops are gone, replaced by offices, and card shops. Inevitable with the airport and London. But Windsor Great Park reminds a beautiful solace. Coopers Hill and the slopes are there too, sandwiched by roaring roads and airplanes like slings of arrows racing overhead.

A memory shared by Andrew Wykes on Jan 27th, 2014. Send Andrew Wykes a message

 Comments & Feedback

Thu Apr 27th 2017, at 2:16 pm
chusty64 commented:
My uncle emigrated to Australia (£10 pom) in 1952. His address was given as 78 High St Egham. I don't know if it was a business or his home.
Sat Aug 15th 2015, at 11:16 am
terrycarey1968 commented:
I live in Cairns North Queensland I do hope old friends will be in touch.

Terry and Joan
Sat Aug 15th 2015, at 11:14 am
terrycarey1968 commented:
memory of Egham secondary school in the 60s. I was born and raised in Englefield green living at 6 Ashwood road. I went to St. Jude's primary and later to Egham secondary. There was not a teacher I disliked although I received a canning from a few of them. Mr. gravel art teacher, he married a student. I remember a Miss Draper what a great looking lady. Mr. Coleman a very likeable man. MissLister and Mr. parrot, I understand that mr. parrot is still alive I like to wish him well. I was not a great student I loved sport and often missed double period of maths playing for the school tea. Amongst my good mates were Keith Ford, Tommy Williams, Angela Marshall, Rodney Prior who died at aged 16 and I still miss him. Keith Watt. Peter and Micky Bending, one young lady I always had a crush on from a distance was Linda Slarke a very priety young lady. I am sure she did very well in life. Alan Brant was also a good mate. If anyone reads and recognise any of these old friends please put them in touch.
I now live in Australia. I spent thirty years in New Zealand where I worked in engineering later the prison service and 22 years in the NZ police.
My wife Joan formerly Joan Warburton and I left NZ and moved to Australia in 2001. I spent several years in the Australian Federal Police ( AFP) retiring in 2012.
I have returned to Egham on three ocassions since 1971 and visited Egham on a regular basis visiting the pubs and catching up with my sisters Maureen Carol and my brother Barry

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