Nostalgic memories of London's local history

Share your own memories of London and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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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?

This week's Places

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i lived in peabody bldgs.Abbey orchsrd st. S.w.1 with my mum from 1952 until 1960 we hen I married and moved to Page st.Then moved to Kent in 1968.Whilst living in Page st.I worked at AVOs. Mel M

I wonder if in the future we will have pictures of empty streets, shops pubs , etc. Will London, or the world ever be the same. Many wonder what, and why this is happening ? What the future will be like ? Where can we find answers ? As one vicar in London, recently told his congregation, “ We don’t have the answers, but (...Read full memory)

My Great Grandmother had two brothers who lived in Newington or Walworth, South London. This would be the area between Camberwell and Kennington to the South and The Elephant and Castle and The Borough, Southwark to the North. They were born around 1843, and lived (...Read full memory)

My wife Patricia Burton was born in hornsea rd in 1942 to George and Lillian nee prescott, she has sadly passed away,nice if anybody New the family they moved to reading in the 50ss

My grandparent lived in the Guiness Trust Flats No 57 in Kennington Park Road London. My father Albert James Pritchard lived there until he married in 1939, My grandparents moved to a smaller flat in the same building until their deaths in 1969.We moved to New Malden Surrey, I remember we used to (...Read full memory)

this is the hospital i was born in .My parents moved to london in the 50s from south wales. They have both past away ,we moved back to wales in the 1970s

I'm trying to find anyone who remembers the engineering firm in Ewer Street in the Southwark district or if anyone that was there during WWII, this firm made guns during the war. My dad, Fred was there and his brother Bob Jamieson, also my grandfather Harry Mather, and his daughter Vera Mather.also Alf (...Read full memory)

I was only fourteen, and wanted to be a nurse. I went to see Matron *trembles* and asked if I could do some voluntary work, which she allowed me to do for a couple of hours after school once or twice a week. I was to do drinks and flowers etc. Little did Matron know how I got sucked in because they were always short (...Read full memory)

Hello I was born in Westminster Hospital and christened in Westminster Cathedral, at the end of the war, do you have a selection of any old pictures of them both, as you will have guessed I am getting close to 70, and although I have been to the Cathedral, I have never seen the Hospital when I was born, as I (...Read full memory)

In the 1901 census my great-grandfather, Matthew Wise, was a night watchman close to the Bank of England at 6 Lothbury. I had found my grandmother as a child of 4 living with her mother Matilda and family in Hackney, but as initially I didn't know his first name I needed to carry out some detective work to find him! My grandmother married Sydney Lake in 1918.