Nostalgic memories of Northolt's local history

Share your own memories of Northolt 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

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

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I have just discovered this site by chance and have read so many comments that have stirred memories for me. My name is Ian Bradford. I was born in Perivale Maternity Hospital in 1950. I lived on Ripon Close from 1954 to about 1963 - with some of that time living at my grandparents in Hanwell. I went to Islip Manor and then (...Read full memory)

Looking for Hilary Mansell. Somewhere between 1961 to 1965. Did two school trips. St Ives Cornwall then Luxembourg? Hope someone can help me trace her. Jim xx

I lived in Wood End Lane (no. 9), from 1941 from the age of six months, until 1948 when I moved to the new council houses at Newnham Close, locally known as Tintown, because it had steel framed walls on the upper storey. No. 9 was a ground- floor flat with two bedrooms and my sister Joyce and I shared the back bedroom. After the (...Read full memory)

i left school in 1961 and still remember most of the teachers, does anyone remember the school tuck shop which I helped to run, good memories, happy days. I still remember most of my class mates does anyone remember me?

Hi Deborah,l read your memory of Northolt.Good to know you met your hubby in a club in Halsbury Road.My name is Gary Mills and was born in 54,Halsbury Road West.Aged four we moved onto the race course,Redcar Close then to Epsom Close.My wife and l attended Vincent Sec.Modern school.The estate was a (...Read full memory)

I was born in Perivale in 1945 and moved to the prefabs Lexham Close, just off of Islip Manor Road not long after. We lived there for roughly 11 years and my sister and I want to Islip Manor Junior School.We loved the prefabs but had to move because we only had 2 bedrooms and lived at Doncaster Drive on the racecourse (...Read full memory)

I lived only for a few years as a small boy at 10 Hurst Close (part of the Northolt Racecourse estate) but have fond memories of it. We were the Duncans and it would have been from 1969 to mid the mid 70s when we moved to Cornwall. I remember playing in the field behind in the close and in the Dabbs Hill Lane flats. Went (...Read full memory)

I was at Walford from 57-62 . I remember mr Clark, miss Clarke, mr Acland, mr Pickering and mr batts. I went on a trip to tesserete near Lugano in 1959. I remember Chas Ramsay, Malcolm young and Martin Gill.There was a big campaign to build a swimming which wasn’t built before I left and I remember the headmaster was keen that we all joined the scripture union. My name is Alan Gomm

Hi my name is peter jarman and lived in Northolt and went to Vincent secondary school anybody out there remember the era

Does anyone remember Thorndike Ave, Northolt , and the fields opposite? Or go to Walford Secondary School between 1956 to 1960 The headmaster was Mr Clark .