New Malden, High Street c.1965

Memories of New Malden


I remember as a child spending my Saturday pocket money buying Airfix kitsets at Woolworths. My last memories of England before emigrating to New Zealand in 1964 were of my childhood in New Malden and attending Scared Heart school in Burlington Road.

I used to live at the What O Café shannons corner in 1960 ish. My father was the fitter for Champions Timber Yard. I used to go out on the lorries when they delivered. Robert used to work with my Dad. We then moved to Amberwood Rise New Malden until 1970. I used to work at Luxton Andrews New Malden for the Andrews Brothers. (...Read full memory)

My dad, Cecil Edwards, had a newsagents and tobacconists shop in Grafton Road. We lived behind and over the shop. One of my abiding memories is going to Woolworths in the High Street to spend my saved pocket money on Christmas presents for the family.  At that time Woolworths had gas lamps throughout the shop which had (...Read full memory)

Beside Woolworths this photograph captures my mother pushing a pram; I was 4 years old and can be seen walking beside her with my younger sister in the pram. New Malden has certainly changed over the decades with many well-known local shops no longer in existence. Timothy Whites, Cullens, Cannings & Woolworths are no longer a feature of the High Street.

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