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I remember leapfrogging over the safety bollards outside the pub, opposite Cobbs the shop, I must have been about 8 or 9 (about 1955), the last one I became hooked up by my skirt. Can't remember how I got down, but I didn't do it again in a skirt.

I started Kelvin Grove school in Kindy in 1952 and left in 1958. I was in Mrs Doubleday's class of about 50 students-not at all surprising she was very strict. I especially remember Mr Cousins a very firm but fair teacher. I now live in Australia and still have fond memories of Kelvin Grove. I lived in Sydenham and walked to school with my sister and other children in my street.

12th of may 1959, not a warm day, and it was a Monday...strange day to get married? cant remember why now. Lived in digs in Tannsfeld Rd. for a while, moved away for a few years..... then lived at 26 & 28 Venner rd, before they were demolished, so sad... they were strong solid houses. Sydenham always seemed to (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Lawrie Park Gardens from 1955 until 1962 and the local youngsters used to congregate at the big tree on the roundabout at the end of Lawrie Park Avenue. At times there were around 10-15 of us all sitting chatting and just hanging out there. Some of the kids came from Chulsa Road flats and some (...Read full memory)

Me and that lampost know each other quite well, my dad and I were walking towards Cob's Corner to catch the No 12 bus home from having our hair cut at Mr Davy's, the Cypriot barbers at the bottom of the high street. For what ever the reason, I was walking and looking the wrong way - my dad called just to late and (...Read full memory)

I was christened in this church in 1952. We lived in Crystal Palace Park Road, and I was a Cub Scout there as well, 4th Sydenham. I remember one year we entered a 'Soap Box' go-cart in the soap box derby that was held in Brighton along the sea front. I thought ours was going to win because it went so fast in the test we (...Read full memory)

I would have taken the 11+ at Kelvin Grove. I remember the laundry behind the school blowing up. I went there from 1952 to 1958 and lived in Forest Hill. Teachers I remember are: Ms Doubleday (very strict - nobody liked her!), Ms Eckersley - everyone liked her, Mr Cousins - good teacher, very strict, threw the board (...Read full memory)

I went to St Michael's School in Champion Crescent. My grandparents Annie and Ernie bines lived opposite the road. Good times.