Good Childhood In Willesden/Neasden - a Memory of Willesden.
I was born in Park Royal hospital in Feb 1952 then taken home to 70 Craven Park Road spitting distance from Harlesden police station. Just across the road from our family doctor, (Dr Curtis) not much bedside manor, but a great doctor. After 3 years we moved in with my mothers mother in 18 Mead Plat, just off the North Circular Road, this is where my childhood started. There were already some boys about my age living in this road including- Mick Bird/David & Kevin Shaw/Ron Edwards/Butch Dawson/Terry Redman/Richard & Alan Johnson/ the Ewer brothers (sorry can't remember christian names) and Michael Bennett.
I went to Keble C of E infants and junior school in Crownhill Road in Harlesden, where my best friend was Colin Dadswell who lived above 'Williams' green grocer's in Park Parade. Some of my class mates were- Clifford May/Graham Alderson/Glen Ray/Ron Hunt and many more. Every Wed we used to go to St. Matthew's church at the bottom of Burns Road, where we had a church service. I had to get there early to set things up as I was one of the alter boys.
During the 6 week summer hols me and the lads from Mead Plat would go to the bottom of Mitchell Way and there was the council open space and we would spend all day getting up to things that we should not, if not the council space we would play on railway land just before the iron bridge at Neasden where Ikea now stands, 'Ascot' hot water boilers factory was there before them. We would build dens and split into two groups and try to catch each other. We would also go over the N.C.R. to the Charringtons coal center and play on the steam trains an climb the coal tower, not taking any notice of the height of it, health and safety what is that? We also went into the west end, bunked onto London Zoo,(more than once) went up the G.P.O. tower, go around the museum's in Exhibition Road, Kensington all on a red rover bus ticket. During the hot weather we would go swimming in King Edwards pool indoor or outdoor, or Gladstone Park pool with it's sloping sides and if the weather was not too good we went to Granville Road in Kilburn Park, all of which have been knocked down.
As with the number of boys living in the same road, we started (with the help of a lad called Ken Harris) our own cycle speedway team called 'The Stonebridge Vikings' based on a track on the welsh harp waste ground at the end of Birchen Grove Kingsbury. We took on other teams all over London at least once a week, what a great time we had. As we lived so close to Wembly, we spent alot of time there. Half of the year was taken up with speedway every Sat night watching the Wembly Lions, and when the speedway season finished the ice hockey season started, again watching the Wembly Lions, then on Sunday, it was public skating time. We used to go for 2 hours skating in the morning then in the afternoon and again in the evening, we got so well known we would help clean the ice at the end of the skating time. I could go on for hours thinking and writing of the 'good old times' but for now I will give it a rest and come back at a later date and start catching up again. If you recognize anything that I have recalled, or you are one of the names I have mentioned, get in touch. I will be back.
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