Litchfield Gardens Hall Family - a Memory of Willesden.

I was born in 58 Litchfield gardens in 1949 and went to St Andrews juniors and still remember the air raid shelters in the play ground and being there when they were knocked down.
I took a trip 'down memory lane' some years back and took a walk from Dollis hill station past my nan and grandads in Chapter road. Taylors, Bill and May then up past the Working mens club where I remember grandad was the 'doorman' and dad was a member. Many a Saturday night spent drinking pop and Smiths crisps in the childrens room. And going on the yearly day trip to the sea-side with a pic-nic, sandwich, apple and orange and half a crown. Mum met dad there during the war when mum (Dolly) worked behind the bar as my aunt and uncle were the landlords at the time. Up Berty road past the bakers on the corner which was still there and then up Litchy as we called it. Memories of playing on the 'white steps' in Clare road, not sure what the building was. And being suprised that Litchfield wasn't as big as I remember it being, but I was little then and there were no cars parked up other than the odd one and a motor bike and side car. Back then we played football and rounders in the street using a ball made out of the melted tar and a broom stick. Our next door neighbours were, at 56 the Hills and 60 Tible.
Good days then with a lot of memories, Saturday morning flics and singing ''we are the Willesden grenerdiers'' Playing in the bus station and going through the backs of the seats to find the odd penny or a lucky shilling.
I briefly went to John Kellys then we moved out to Sudbury hill early in '61
Anyone out there who remembers send me a mail. Or add to the page
Tony Hall (

A memory shared by hall.anthony9 on May 20th, 2015. Send hall.anthony9 a message

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Sun Jun 7th 2015, at 7:50 pm
mollymargaret commented:
Hi Anthony, I was born in 1948, lived in Holly lane off Taylors Lane and went to Bridge School and Gibbons Road Secondary. When Holly Lane was being pulled down my parents moved to Perrin Road, Sudbury but I was married by then. My younger brother and sister used the Mitre Pub opposite on the Watford Road,quite often !! My mum lived in Litchfield Gardens before I was born. I have re-visited and was quite shocked that Gibbons Road school was not as large as I'd remembered it.
Molly was Amos.

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