Nostalgic memories of Woodmansterne's local history

Share your own memories of Woodmansterne and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

This week's Places

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I was christened here in 1942 and also confirmed in the mid 1950's

II was born and grew up here my name was Janice Kemp I have visited on a few occasions but the happy places where I went can never come again.

I was born in woodmansterne in1980. My parents lived in hempshaw avenue and my grandparents ran the woodman pub. I have fond memories of the village, the pub and the stories my dad tells me of when he was a boy growing up in woodmansterne.

I used to drink in The Woodman on occasion as I lived on the Clock House Farm Estate between 1957 and 1962 when I was married just across the road in St Peters.Question,what happened to the board with the pilots names on it that was behind a pane of glass in the public bar?.A lot of them never came back back from (...Read full memory)

I have this same photograph in my collection only it was taken at my wedding in March 1962 with the backs of my wife & I and the reverent Denis Lane facing the camera

My Grandparents lived at 1 Manor Way. In 1946 my father returned from Canada to find that I was a few months old. He had returned from the war in April 1945, however he had to return to Canada in 1946 to demob. When he returned to England from Canada, my parents lived with my grandparents at #1 along with me. 1 Manor Way (...Read full memory)

My great grandparents lived in Carlshalton Road, Woodmansterne and bought up their family, including my Nanna, Dorothy, there. Their surname was Kent and they lived in the middle cottage of a terrace of 3.   My Aunt Mary (who is now in her eighties) has very fond memories of visiting them there before and during the (...Read full memory)

As a child I lived in neighbouring Coulsdon, and Woodmansterne was a favourite cycle ride. Armed with jam sandwiches and bottle of pop, my sister and I would ride down Hatch Lane (even though you weren't supposed to), feeding the horses in the adjoining field. Then go on to Woodmansterne's park where there were playground (...Read full memory)