Hillingdon, The Parade c.1960

Memories of Hillingdon

My family lived in Hillingdon from the beginning of ww2 until 1953 when we moved from Biggin Hill. Our first home was a top floor flat in Pinewood Ave which was not ideal for a family with 4 children and then Grandmother descended on us with her 2nd husband. Amazing to think of todays children being (...Read full memory)

I have traced a newspaper report telling of the rescue of myself and my four siblings when houses in Ryefield Avenue, Hillingdon were bombed in 1943. The report tells of one of the rescuers being a Mr. Reginald White who owned the general store and post office in Ryefield Avenue. I wonder (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the arcade just past the Savoy cinema after Vine Street. It had a cafe in the centre, a model shop, pet shop, wool shop and music shop. Just opposite was the old National Provincial Bank; renamed when the Westminster Bank took it over. My favourite shop was down by the Regal, it was called Percy's, it was (...Read full memory)

We lived in Vine Lane Hillingdon in the 1950's. In our garden there was a gate leading into the fields where Rugby was played in the winter months; the gypsies used to camp with their horse under the old oak tree, by the pond, and as children we often walked across all those fields, now built upon, to the houses in Long Lane..... what freedom we enjoyed.

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