Nostalgic memories of Luton's local history

Share your own memories of Luton 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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The lovely talented and sophisticated Miss Bartlett took the youngest class. I think she may have been to art school cos she drew a Spanish Conquistador (complete with sailboat steel helmet) in coloured chalk on the blackboard, dressed fashionably and smoked orange filtertipped cigarettes. Mr Cripts next door toiled to improve (...Read full memory)

Of course l did'nt realise how picturesque the building was when l was a pupil there 1955-1958. Fortunately, Edward Callum did and his painting is "normally" displayed in Wardown Museum. (Hopefully in its entirety cos little more than the janitors cottage is shown on my ph?? On that sunny day in 1969, he (...Read full memory)

I am 75yrs and writing a book about myself I am not so sure but was not old Bute a place for small children .early 1940 + yrs I think i stayed there until i was 5yrs the house had driveway looks familiar it had a sort of side building where you can enter and then the side door to enter there were 2 steps to get in the (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the Arndale market when it first opened and the first several years?if you went in the market entrance opposite where peackocks is now,turn immediate right and walk straight on,on your right there was a stall which sold hair products,the man that owned it was tall and had a deep voice,there was a stall (...Read full memory)

I remember the Button in Luton,I think it was just menswear but it was expensive posh clothing and they were tailors also I think.My dad got a suit in there and we went to the counter to pay.The shop assistant wrote a receipt on carbon paper,my dad paid him the money he gave my dad one copy of the receipt and the other (...Read full memory)

For about 6 wks prior to joining the navy in 1963, I worked at the Fyffes banana warehouse in Williamson St. (in photo). It paid about 3 quid a week (and all u cud eat). Still, a handy easygoing fill-in job for a naive halfwit 15yr old about to take the queens shilling and sea the world. The bananas arr from the West Indies on (...Read full memory)

I was born in Luton in 1981 I know that's not that long ago but it holds alot of memories for me I grew up in stopsley Luton Bedfordshire in 112 Littlefield rd.i had a good childhood but my dad left us when I was 7yrs old and then when I was about 11yrs old we left luton.i now live in Kent I have a wonderful partner and (...Read full memory)

I moved to Luton as a child in the early 60s. My first school was the St Maria Convent on Rothasey Rd, Later Denbigh Road Juniors, remember our crazy Gibraltren Head Master, then Denbigh High, stern Mr Whittaker and then Luton VIth form college Remember Bikes at the Sun and the Cock Inn, Dances at the Queensway. (...Read full memory)

My name is David Garner and I was born in 1942 and lived in Faringdon Road, My Great Uncle was Charles Jeyes a building contractor and was also a Past Chairman and President of Luton Town Football Club I went to school at Leagrave Junior School and eventually to The Technical school on Park Square

I was born in hart lane opposit water tower / Dick