|MY CLYDE ROAD AND TOTTENHAM MEMORIES - STAN WOOD|
The following are selected extracts from a much longer story written by Stan Wood - A full copy can be provided on request
I have very special memories of Beaconsfield Road, Tottenham
for at number 15 was the small private school called Nortons School. I started
school there when I was 5 years old in 1929 and left there when I reached 14 years old and
started work in 1938. My two older brothers, one older sister and also my younger brother
and sister all went to the same school too.
|We were all very
happy at the school and there were always
four of us attending the school at the same time. As my eldest brother and sister left then my youngest brother and sister
then started at the school. I never know how my Mother and Father managed to send us there ! The fee was 2/6d
(Two shillings and sixpence) each per week and that of
course was a lot of money in the thirties.
WEST GREEN ROAD
MONDAYS & WASHDAYS !
As children we played in the street after school every day. We would all play in Carlton Road and of course we also enjoyed so much the Tottenham Green just at the top of the road. Not one of us ever ever had a holiday of course since no one could afford a holiday of any kind at all. Everyone in the street would look forward to perhaps one wonderful day by train to Southend-on-Sea from South Tottenham station each year. We would get so excited weeks before hand while Mum & Dad saved just a few shillings. We would take all our food with us and bottles of lemonade (Just Tuppence a bottle), and all we would buy there were a few sticks of one penny rock to bring home for our friends. Oh the wonder of it all !
MEMORIES OF CLYDE ROAD
Clyde Road was a nice place to live before the war. I am
referring to our short end of Clyde Road that ran from the corner of the Town Hall
approach road up to the start of Clyde Circus. We had the large Brewery Bottling factory
on the corner of Clyde Road and the Town Hall approach road. There was a large entrance to
the brewery on the corner, where all the lorries arrived carrying hundreds of empty
crates, and further along Clyde Road there was another entrance where the loaded lorries
used to leave. Adjoining the brewery was a row of eight terraced houses where we lived.
Tottenham was a really wonderful place with
plenty of shops and plenty of work too. When each of we six children reached the age of
fourteen, we all started out to work, and were all fortunate to find work immediately.
HOME SWEET HOME
My Grandfather taught us all to play Chess and so many many
lovely card games too. When playing cards we always used to have a gamble too since we
used to gamble with Nuts !
THE OUTBREAK OF WAR
Just twelve months later the air-raids began to start and got
worse every day until the final dreadful day, our very worst day, when they bombed and
burnt out the London docks. What a dreadful, dreadful night we had in London.
Amazingly, just twelve months after the war started, so many
men were being called up for the services that work then became available. In fact they
were most anxious to find staff over call-up age and my Father actually got a job with
Dyson the butchers in Tottenham High Road. It was just a short walk from home
and he stayed there throughout the rest of the war, and actually stayed with
Dysons until he was seventy years old despite the fact he couldnt get a
job over forty years old before the war.
It goes without saying that all of these so very happy memories remain with me still to this day and will do so forever. I am now 88 years old and together with my wife of 60 years (She is now 80 years old) we both pray for a few more happy years together !
During a visit back to Beaconsfield Road in 2005, Stan had a photograph taken with some local residents and made the following comments Ive enclosed the photo of those two lovely ladies from Beaconsfield Road. At the time one was 83 and the other was 85 !
It was so nice to meet them and be able to talk about my
schooldays in Beaconsfield Road. I was also delighted to receive the photo copy of the
back gardens in Beaconsfield Road.
|Article re-created in Dec 2013
from original written by Stan Wood in 2005
The ages in CONCLUSION written above have been updated to reflect this
STAN WOOD HAS WRITTEN A NUMBER OF STORIES FOR US INCLUDING HIS WORK EXPERIENCE AT BOTH E.C AMBRIDGE and BROADWAY NANKERVILL BOTH IN TOTTENHAM HIGH ROAD BOTH SUPPLIES O THE BUILDING AND HOME IMPROVEMENTS. TRADE.
HE HAS ALSO WRITTEN OF HIS WARTIME EXPERIENCE IN THE ARMY.
THESE STORIES ARE TOO LARGE TO PUBLISH ON OUR WEBSITE BUT COPIES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST