Memories: Childhood games in the early thirties
Shanklin Road was my stomping ground at the ripe old age of eight or nine in the early thirties. Entering the road from Hartington Road, on the right hand [east] side there was Edes, the wireledss people who charged accumulators, then Holders, and a small General Store at the bottom of Bembridge Street, where they would cut cheese with a wire.
Continuing along the east side there were Hammond, Spain and Newman. Turning right to go up the hill there was Souther on the right hand side and at the intersection of Whippingham Street, the Bonchurch Laundry. Coming back down the hill on the North side was Lemon, Denyer, and at the bottom of the hill Jacobs. Towards Hartington Road on the west side of Shanklin Road lived the Matthews.
We used to play a game of Release where we had two sides and if you captured one of the opposing side, three knocks on the head, and they were captured and held captive within a chalk square at the bottom of Bembridge on the North side.
The object of the captor’s team mates was to get into the chalk square without being banged on the head and shout “Release” to free all your captured buddies. It seems a stupid little game in retrospect, but believe me it appeared deadly serious at the time.
During the summer an icecream man would come around in the evenings in a two wheeled horse and cart.
I think those were the days of innocence which can never be regained.
The very best to all in Brighton,