Streatham And St. Helens School - a Memory of Streatham.
My family moved from Clapham to Streatham in the early fifties. My mother opened a Greengrocers shop in Sunnyhill Road and sent me to the local primary school which I did not like, so I then attended St. Helens School for Girls, walking there along Valley Road every morning. Miss Tarry and Miss Howling were the headmistresses. (Miss Howling was to me at that time very scary.)
I also remember many of my classmates including: Robin (who emigrated to New Zealand), Penelope, Beryl, Ann Bush?, Carol Burgess, Eve Gurney, Lynn Edwards and especially Jacqualine Wilson who became my best friend but unfortunately we lost touch. (she also had a sister Jill who was in the class below).
I did a lot of walking then being an only child, and explored the common with its ponds and Rookery. I also found the local riding school run by a Mr. Coleman.
'Jackie' and I often visited The Ice Rink and Odeon Cinema in our teens. Apart from exploring the High Street many times, I remember walking through St. Leonards Church Yard and on through to Tooting Bec Common where occasionally we rode the horses from Mr. Colemans riding School.
Living in Streatham at that time was good as even at a young age one could walk around safely, and although we moved to Norbury in about 1955-56 Streatham was still my haunt and the 49 bus took me to St. Helens (when I didn't walk across the Common!)
If anyone knows anything about Jacqualine Wilson, please get in touch!
Janet McEwen (Nee Hollingshead)
A memory shared byon Feb 10th, 2016.
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