Staines, Houseboat Reach 1895

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Caption for Staines, Houseboat Reach 1895: Sumptuous Victorian houseboats line the River Thames on 'Boat House Reach', close to the bridge. Luxurious houseboats - many of them for hire - were places for summer relaxation, allowing their inhabitants to sit on the deck and enjoy the tranquil river.

An extract from Surrey.

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Does anyone remember Johnson & Clarks department store? It used to be the place to go for school uniforms. It was like Grace Brother's department store from the comedy TV show "Are you being served?". I tried to find some old photos, but to no avail. Before it was demolished, it sat on the opposite corner from where (...Read full memory)

“My name was Pat Mayer, I used to live at 38 Ash Grove , not far from Keith and Janet Tucker as she was then, until 1961 when I got married, I was brought up during the war years and after with Beryl Prangley and Jacky Parry Beryl from 44 Ashgrove where the lampost was in the bend, and Jacky as few doors up (...Read full memory)

I remember Johnson & Clarks. My friend Rose and I used to go in and 'choose' stuff we would have in our houses when we grew up! Also, going into the booths to listen to the latest music through headphones. We also used to go to Kennards on a Saturday morning for a drink and roll and butter to watch the models walk up (...Read full memory)

I was born at 30,Cherry Tree Ave , in 1940 ,being a war baby we grew up hearing the sirens ,my mother would pull down the Blackouts ( like a roller blind but covered in a thick black material) then many children would come to our house and we would all scamper under the big table( which had steel over the top and down the (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Staines, Houseboat Reach 1895: Sumptuous Victorian houseboats line the River Thames on 'Boat House Reach', close to the bridge. Luxurious houseboats - many of them for hire - were places for summer relaxation, allowing their inhabitants to sit on the deck and enjoy the tranquil river.

An extract from Surrey.

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