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My Harrison ancestors all came from Cambridgeshire, mostly from the Downham, where they were agricultural laborers and my father, Victor Alfred George Harrison was born in 1914 in Peterborough. His father, George William Harrison, my grandfather, finished his service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force after he (...Read full memory)

I can just remember the factory as it is in this picture I would have been 3 years old at the time. The lettering was in red on a white wall and the fountain was sprung straight from a natural source. By far the best thing about the factory was the smell for 100 meters or more in all directions. most (...Read full memory)

I remember when three streets were demolished by a huge mysterious bomb just after eight in the evening. At the time my mother was out on fire patrol and I was fast asleep in bed whilst my three brothers and sister were downstairs listening to the wireless. The tremendous blast rocked our house in Milton Road (...Read full memory)

SCHWEPPES FACTORY All Demolished in September 1984 West hendon. 1985 Was just a building site opposite the house's on Garrick road.The old road Leading down to deerfIeld Cottages was all Closed Off with gate's for a few years At the top of garrick road Wilberforce road while Under reconstruction new building's (...Read full memory)

MICHAEL KENNY SECURITY AT SCHWEPPES FACTORY HENDON WITH HIS SECURITY DOG SABRE PROVIDING MANY YEARS SERVICE WORKING THERE IN 1960s TO THE 1970s MIKE KENNY IS NOW RETIRED FROM WORKING SECURITY DOG HANDLER A LONG TIME AGO. HE IS DOING GOOD WELL AT THE AGE OF 83 A HAPPY MAN HE NEVER FORGET HIS MEMORIES WITH HIS (...Read full memory)

I grew up in a time when people seldom moved home. This built up such a rapport with all the neighbours we had in Milton Road, not always friendly of course. There were ructions sometimes if us kids upset anyone by kicking balls against walls, playing knock down ginger, etc but if any help was needed it was always there. As my (...Read full memory)

I attended St John's from 1952 to 1959. This was an all girl's church school with about 60 children in three classrooms, with a hall where we had dinner and danced to the BBC's "Music and Movement". We used another hall across the road for our PE lessons. To start with I was in the infant's classroom (...Read full memory)

As it's Guy Fawkes time again it reminds me of when I lived in Milton Road in the late 30s to early 50s. As a youngster the whole street came together each year to build a huge bonfire by the Welsh Harp reservoir with everyone collecting old wood and anything suitable to add to it. A special guard had to keep watch at all times (...Read full memory)

This was the year I took my 11+ exam. There was such deep snow that winter that it was very difficult to walk to school. Luckily I lived in Milton Road where St John's was then situated. On arriving at school we were all so cold that we had to warm ourselves in front of the stove in the corner of the classroom before we (...Read full memory)

Hi, just been looking at the photos of West Hendon Broadway. I was amazed, during my last school years I worked for a greengrocer on the Broadway, Tim Smith, his shop is just out of the picture, left hand side where you can see the wing of a car, what caught my eye was the old 'trade bike' which I am sure was the same one (...Read full memory)