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Our archivist's pick of photos depicting this unmistakable architectural style which originated in the 1920s.

Memories of Surbiton

My name is Peter West and I started my life and spent the first 7 important years at the Oak. My dad was the landlord and and his father before him up until 1962 when he retired and I was whisked away in tears to go to our new home in Devon.I have such strong and fond memories of it all. Mr. Willsdens (...Read full memory)

I remember my happy childhood in Brighton Road so well. We lived at 114, heading toward the Portsmouth road. My grandfather had built the house. It lay back from the road. Mr and Mrs Harper ran the paper shop that had a telephone cubicle in it. There was a shop next to the Black Lion that sold lemonade for a (...Read full memory)

I remember walking to this pool, Surbiton Lagoon, from New Malden. In those days our costume would be rolled in your towel, tucked under our arm and off we would go. No grown ups to escort us. No backpacks or holdalls in those days for us, just my purse for coins. I remember the metal lockers and how (...Read full memory)

I just loved Surbiton Lagoon. Me and my twin sister lived in Alexandra Drive, just around the corner and we were good friends with the manager's son Vaughan Hancock. In the scorching hot summer of 1976 we were 14. My mum worked at the Lagoon so we got in free. We spent all the summer holidays there and 'bagged' our sun (...Read full memory)

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