nice idea, but I havent any photos of the old place.
Maybe a couple of photos of Mum and Geoff.
If I can find them.
I should have plenty! From the end of the war
until I moved away. (That is 30 Years ago!)
have a few memoirs from the war before I joined the Evacuees to Manchester.
the front windows blown out when the Rocket landed over in Blackboy Lane. I remember going over there afterwards and the
only thing standing was the pub sign. No
Pub!! Or Housing, Nothing for about three
Grandfather getting a Bollocking for tying a Barrage Balloon that had broken loose to a
lamp-post, because they were full of gas. Remember
the Lamp-posts were gas also. That lamp-post
was bent for years!!
The Bon-Fire after the war in the Street, just outside
your house. Made of crates from a yard in Clyde Rd. A lovely fire until the Fire Brigade came out and
put it out! Then we found out the crates were
not all wood, they had metal in them and it all melted into the road in a real mess!
mentioned about the trip to Southend. We used
to go in a Flat Back Lorry, with chairs to sit on. I
wouldnt want to try it now! Crates of
beer for the adults and lemonade for the kids. Always
stopped at the Halfway House.
kids we used to use the front gardens. Most
gardens were like jungles, or they seemed like it! There
were very few that objected in those days.
down Ginger was one game, Gobs with 5 stones another.
After the war it was Minature
Cricket. Later it changed to Roller Hockey in
Lawrence Rd. because it was wider. No traffic in
you remember the McBurnies on the corner? The
big old house that they lived in, and the furniture builders who were in the other half. All the garages around
the yard at the back. A
real mess in those days and that puddle which was like a lake.
1. I am struggling with? No.3. was where I
first saw TV. I was invited to watch the Boat
Race on a nice sunny day, and couldnt figure ou why it was foggy on the Thames! They were well off in those days. He was a Butcher! Son, and Daugher Billy &
Marilyn. Bill & Maisie Stephens: the Dad
that side of the Street you know as well as I do.
my side there were always flats at No.2.
I recall the family that lived there, the Freemans.
Was Mrs. Anderson, nice Lady.
8. Were the Daviss. Do you remember
Fred and his Sister Joyce. He was the
educated one, a bit older than me, but very handy when it came to homework later on. He went on to be a Teacher in Clitheroe, Lancs.
10. Were originally The Lees. Mr Lee
was a Tube Train Driver. When they moved the
Becketts moved in. Mr Beckett was a tall man,
his wife was about half his size! They used
to run the fishing tackle firm Auger Accessories. They
imported the first sidecast reel from Australia for sea fishing. They were our Landlords and Mrs Pearman worked for
them for about 35 years.
We moved into 10a in about 1937/8. I
was only a baby then. Just before the war
Ronnie Jones Pictured at number 10a Summerhill Road ? - date unknown
I cant remember who was there originally? But the family that moved in later had Two
Daughters. I believe they were Pat and
was Aunt May and Uncle George, who had Norma and Shirley and upstairs Arthur Lee and Miss
we came to the stables that were later to change to Horseshoe Coaches.
There were the Corbyns as I recall. They had
a Daugher as I remember Connie.
was where my mate Alan and David lived. His Dad was a Bookie and Alan and I used to have a
bet over the phone with his Dad, while we watched racing on T.V.
No.20. was flats.
was shared between the Potters and the Bastons. Teddy
was another Mate. You know as much about the
background of Bill Potter. A little man who
drove the Shire Horses. De you remember him
getting hurt at Harringay Arena, Horse Of The Year Show when the horses dragged him they
bolted and dragged him around the car-park. But he wouldnt let go of them! Their Son Terry was another Mate.
Top the Mitsons/ Middle the Wilsons/Ground Tom Witkings who used to work as Gas Lights Man for Street Lights.
26. Was the Millers.
The Hardys and then Wally & Hilda The Green Grocers down West Green Road.
Was a bomb site. The back was turned into a
Petrol Depot (I bet they couldnt do it now!).
Was the family Im struggling to name, I can see them now but Im struggling
with the Name? The Grandmother we used to
call OLD MOTHER? And there were Two Kids Boy
and Girl, Doug & Jean.
two between I am not sure about. I believe
that the Martins lived in the one before the Piggery.
They used to fetch the piano out into the street if anybody had a Birthday.
The Piggery, a nice family, One daugher was Anne and one Margaret , Rosa the Mum. But didnt it STINK! And on occasions all
hell was let loose when one got out! And the
Kids used to round it up (Or so we thought) Jack was the one did it really.
only others I used to know on that side were the Perkins Janet was it? Tall girl
used to be Slaugher house at the top on the Left.
families on your side I remember, were the Smalls up nearer the top. They had Three Sons,
Charlie was the oldest. He went into the Army and went to Korea. The other two, I
cant remember the names?
there was the family opposite the piggery who had a daughter Barbara and two younger
Brothers, Ronnie & Kenny. Barbara used to go to school with me. When I went to
The County She went to the High School for Girls Bloomfield was
was another family who in those days were thought to be well off. No.15? She was a schoolteacher. But a nice Lady
all the same. Mrs Atter & Daughter taught
remember some of the others but cant remember the names.
plays tricks, but I seem to remember a long while ago that opposite me, Two doors down
from you, there were some Nuns lived there originally?
A Miss Hall and Sister, a School Teacher.
other thing I cant forget Was the Robbins Dairy at the top on the junction before
the Pub. A Fat Man and I mean Fat, He used to waddle around. I did the milk deliveries for about 3 years from
Spur Rd. to Bedford Rd. Starting at 6am and
had to finish to go to school. The last drop
was Downhills Park with a Quart. I used to have to fill up the cart 3 times (in those days
it was a three-wheeled barrow!) On Saturdays
I had to go round again to collect the money!
I asked for a rise from 10 Shillings a week (6 Mornings, All Weathers!) He said he couldnt afford it! He was eating
a breakfast that you could have fed half the street on!! He was told that he would be
doing it himself in the future.
Ron & Dorene Jones
Mrs Maud Jones and Grandchildren 1980's