Nostalgic memories of Hurst Green's local history

Share your own memories of Hurst Green 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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Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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I remember in the 1950s, walking as a child from Greenhurst Lane where I lived, across the railway bridge, down to St Agatha's Hall, then left down the long path to the bottom of the large Village Green. At the bottom on the left was the shop run by Mr Biggs. I liked going there as I was fascinated by what I (...Read full memory)

I wondered whether anyone knows where Stonehall Cottages were? as my grandparents lived there and I cant find any trace of them on any maps ...were they demolished?? any help I would be very grateful for thank you

My paternal grandparents, William and Florence (Flo) Tripp, used to run the George pub; I believe they owned it. William died in an accident at the pub in about 1942. I remember going there as a small child in about 1950/51 with my father, Bert Tripp, and my Mum, Joan Tripp (nee Gilliam) and my younger brother. My (...Read full memory)

I remember the fence in between the two playgrounds as one was lower than other; there were steps to go down. One morning I came in the top gate, my friends came in bottom gate and so I ran down to meet them but caught my face on bolts in the edge of the fence. I thought I had just knocked it till they all (...Read full memory)

John Allen Venner was a Hurst Green Veterinary Surgeon and his wife Emily Baxter raised 10 children at Jacobs Well Farm. The children were John, Emily, George, Jane, Annie, Maud, May, Grace, Harry and Elsie all born between 1890 and 1904. George was my husband's grandfather who later moved to (...Read full memory)

I see that no person has placed a memory of this crash. I lived at Mountfield and this Lancaster circled the area and 4 crew bailed out each time it came round and went to what was Mr Bailey's snack bar just below Johns Cross pub. As young lads we jumped on our bikes to see where the Lancaster had crashed, as I (...Read full memory)

I was born at 19 London Road, Tanyard Cottages near Holy Trinity Church. My grandadparents lived in Station Road near the village hall.  My great aunts owned Hope Cottage Farm, Station Road. Many times when I was a kid I would stay on the farm and helped in the shop, milking the cows, bottling the milk which then (...Read full memory)