Staines, The London Stone c.1880

Memories of Staines

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)

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)

We lived in Penton Road and my brother and I went to Hygeia House School, sadly gone now. We used to walk down the tow path to the Lock. Once my brother (4 years older than me) dared me to walk across the wall below the weir! I still have nightmares - I couldn't swim, but somehow I waded across without slipping to my (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember this wonderful old house. I stayed there in the early 80s, I had known the family from earlier days but my memory of staying there has lived with me to this day. There was a character that was associated with the family Max Kemp. He was one of the sons, I think (...Read full memory)

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