Share Your Memories

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This amazing community has grown around our invitation to 'Share Your Memories'.

So far you've shared 74,471 memories of 7,335 towns & villages, right across the UK!

So many of these are filled with extraordinary, irreplaceable detail that will now be preserved. Please keep them coming!

This week's Places

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

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.

Add a Memory

It's easy to add your own memories and reconnect with your shared local history. Search for your favourite places and look for the Add Your Memory links to begin.

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?


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Reconnecting with our shared local history.

Take a moment to remember the places that have been important in your life. Where your family comes from, where you were born, went to school and got married; the towns and villages where you've lived and worked since. Recapture and rekindle those precious memories with this special part of our website. Here are a few of a favourites for you to read today..!

My family moved from Portsmouth to my father's home town of Hebburn in the mid sixties, we lived at No.47 Byron Ave and I have many happy memories of my life in Hebburn. Sadly, my father died in 1968 and my mother and I moved back to Portsmouth. I miss my old home even to this day and always wonder what became of the friends (...Read full memory)

Yes, I remember Redhill Swimming Baths. I think it must have been during the year I was at Frenches Road School in 1951-2. I can remember standing in the water shivering while the teacher talked to us during our swimming lessons. But I did at least learn to swim. I can also remember daring myself to jump off the high (...Read full memory)

This butchers shop seen to the left was owned by my family and was next to Woolworths. We had other shops in Chadwell Heath, Ilford etc. as well as Frank's Farm in Upminster. Behind the shop was a slaughter house and a large field and, as a small child, I remember visiting the slaughter house to see pigs being killed (...Read full memory)

The mother of my work friend, John Wallace, owned the flat over what used to be the Pedlar's Pack. We often rode to Cromer from Leicester on our motorcycles and spent weekends there. On one notable occasion John's bike would not start after being ridden along the beach, and we spent all night with it in (...Read full memory)

I lived in Cripplegate Lane (formerly known as Bottings Hill) for about 16 years. I went to Southwater County Primary School from 1957 till 1963 when I went off to The Forest Boys School in Horsham till 1967. My father worked (as many did in those days) at the Brickworks. Before 1961 the houses down our part of the (...Read full memory)

Living in north Watford from 1952 to 78, I have fond memories of factories such as the British Moulded Hose. Not a nylon stockings factory as its title may sound, but an asbestos factory which I remember one day caught fire when I was in the playground of Park Gate School. Other well-known factories I remember were (...Read full memory)

I was 19 years old when I was to move over to Newbury but at first I was roughing it until I could find cheap enough accommodation. At times, due to me being not able to get a good old scrub down and also a clean change of clothes; wearing a black double breasted Jacket and a French style beret all I needed was the string of (...Read full memory)

In the back of the Vauxhall, my brothers and I would scan our eyes across the fields looking for that white two chimneyed farmhouse of Nana and Grandad that meant our long trip was finally over, and our holidays about to begin. That meant, wading and bushwacking as far as we could get (before being called in (...Read full memory)

Allendale - 'Happy Memories and Great Days' In about 1973 an 'interdenominational' group of dedicated visionary young people, many from Tyneside Youth for Christ (Elim Church), based in Newcastle upon Tyne rented the disused and empty fairly large 'lower floor-part' of (...Read full memory)

I have no photo unfortunately, just memories. I attended the primary school in Jordans from 1947 to 1951, I then progressed to the RGS in Wycombe. The headmistress was Mrs Morley, the other teacher was Miss Shepherd (there were only two!) We had a tiny kitchen in the middle of the building for mid-day meals and the older (...Read full memory)