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Dairylea cheese on the way to school
I lived in Ladies Mile Road on the corner of Warmdene Road from 1950 to 1970 and went to ‘Peter’s’ for my haircuts. There was also ‘Penna’s’ over the hill in Old Patcham – they were cheaper but you got a ‘scalper’. I used to buy lights (offal) and whale meat at Holyers for our dog. There was a grocers, ‘Tommy’s’, in the parade opposite Gravely’s Stores who sold cheap broken biscuits and ‘Energen’ slimming rolls. Tommy used to sell us single Dairylea cheese triangles on the way to The Old School in Old Patcham.’Gibbo’ was the caretaker at Patcham School and lived in the school house next door to the library. He was a miserable and officious old boy – but maybe it was us being mischievous kids.
Barrage balloon in the playing field
The old dragon in the library made us put our hands on the counter so she could check if they were clean before accessing the shelving. In WWII there was a barrage balloon anchored in the school’s small playing field backing onto London Road and the Brangwyn Estate. The concrete and iron hoop anchor points were still in place in 1952 and on the walls of the schoolroom were drawn/painted several swastikas which we were told represented ‘planes shot down by the balloon/anti-aircraft gun crew’.
Do you remember ‘Tommy’s’? Did you have a haircut at ‘Peter’s’? Or do you live in the area now? Share your memories or views of the area by posting a comment below.