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I lived in the vale it was really nice in 1960 very cleannot like now every one was happy we maynot of had much but we had fun.I remember the hall in the vale also people used to hire it out.the shops across the road there was a butchers paper shop chemist and buses across the road.good memories.but I married and moved to australia (...Read full memory)

My father was a train driver and I was born in Railway Cottages Goodhall Street Willesden Junction 1945 which came under Acton and lived there until I got married in 1966. I went to Acton Wells school from infants until I was 11 unfortunately I had a head injury when I was 10 from falling off a dustcart which I was (...Read full memory)

I have always been proud to be called an old Actonian and lived there through the forties, fifties and early sixties, returning regularly to visit my mother until she sadly passed some years ago. I went to John Perryn Infant & Junior School and very happy times they were. My church was St Dunstan's at East Acton where (...Read full memory)

I remember my friends and I would go swimming at Acton Baths and afterwards the lady in the tiny ticket office would make us a cup of Bovril with her kettle, for the grand sum of one penny. And after that? Sixpence worth of chips of course... happy days.

My parents were both brought up in the Chiswick/Bedford Park/South Acton area. I was born in 1935 and spent my early years living on the Great West Road near to the Gillette factory. During WWII I spent much time visiting my grandparents in Binns Road. I have great memories of "beach combing" with my grandad on the (...Read full memory)

I grew up in Creffield Road, West Acton. I went to West Acton Primary School, then onto Derwentwater, then Twyford. Good Happy times, I lived in the same house for 18 years, then as a family we moved to Bletchley, Milton Keynes. If you know me I would love to chat over the early years of my life.

My dad was known as Jack Bryant, although his real name was John. He lived in various parts of Acton with his oldest sister, Pat (who went to Lincolnshire to 'Land a Hand on the Land' during the war), Uncle Boysie (Albert), Uncle Terry, Uncle Joe and sister Sue. My nan was Fran (Bridget Frances), Pop (Albert) my granddad. (...Read full memory)

I lived in Spencer Rd throughout the war years, our house was one of the look alike houses at the junction of Shakespear Rd and Spencer Rd, just over from Tuck Taylor's shop. I left in 1950 to complete my National Service and returned two years later. On my return I married and moved away. My best friends were Jimmy Winslade, (...Read full memory)

My memories of Acton Vale estate are endless, you would play out all day and the days were long. I can remember taking back the empty lemonade bottles and then buying a jublie. Going swimming at Acton swimming baths then on the way home getting a bag of chips or a portion of crackling. What about going on an outing to (...Read full memory)

My parents, Jack and Doreen Bourke, were tenants of The Albion from 1946-1979. I went to St Vincent's convent in Rosemont Road. I remember Tony Bros ice cream shop as I passed it every day on my way to and from school. Best ice cream in the country without a doubt! I also remember Doug the green grocer, Young's the bakery and (...Read full memory)