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General Discussion / Re: Where you used to live
« on: May 20, 2009, 11:13:35 AM »
Hiya Splinter, we lived at 98 Shroffold from about 1953 and I moved away when I got married in 1968. You'll have to let me know who you remember in that road. I have two younger brothers Michael and Graham (Pick), G went to Mallory and M went to Downham Boys.

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General Discussion / Re: Where you used to live
« on: April 27, 2009, 10:37:55 AM »
Just browsing through a load of old posts on here and read about Brenda roller skating between the Durham Hill fields, bought memories flooding back of when I used to have the one old metal roller skate and put a book on it and whiz down that hill from top to bottom, think I must have had to get very low to go under the dividing barriers that were down there. We used to take an old milk crate over to the "hump" as well in the second field furthest from Shroffold when the snow was on it and use it as a sledge.  Great fun.

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Yeah Pecrys that's where Mum used to buy all our stuff too, on tick. Pirelli slippers, pyjamas, school stuff, they had everything in that shop.

Just past the Catford cinema was a big habberdashers shop where the money used to be put into those overhead things that flew across the ceiling and upstairs to the cashier and then you waited for that vacuum noise and your change would be sent down to you. Just round the corner from the cinema was an old secondhand shop where I used to take my old records and exchange them. Wish I'd had the sense to hang on to some of them, especially the covers!!

What about the wet fish shop on the left hand side of the road as you were going into Catford, can't remember what it was called but my Uncle Sonny worked on the front there for years, poor chap could never get the smell of fish off him.


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General Discussion / Re: Haircuts - Pets Corner
« on: February 20, 2008, 08:13:25 AM »
Smiffy you are so good at remembering street names. I'm sure I used to walk there but as a child (in those days) you walked for miles anyway, as I said previously we used to walk from Shroffold to Crystal Palace Park, Mum, Dad me and my two younger brothers and one of my pals and I used to walk to Keston and Downe. They don't know what their legs are for these days!

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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: February 20, 2008, 08:10:04 AM »
Hi Snowdrop, shame our Smiffy wasn't your brother's mate  :-[, it's so exciting when you find somebody you know on here  You'll have to check our Friends Reunited for him.

Thick fog here this morning, as long as it lifts before lunchtime so I can see my way to the coffee shop for a panini. :-*

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General Discussion / Re: Claudette Waite from Churchdown School
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:16:59 AM »
How things have changed over the years, we're all moaning about our liberty bodices. I also hated my school shoes, brogues when all the other girls in my class seemed to have such lovely little shoes. My dad said when I started acting like a girl and not kicking the life out of my shoes I could have some more fashionable ones.

I turned up one day with a little powder on my cheeks and McVicar spotted it immediately and dragged me to the cloakroom while I washed it off. What about those awful navy blue "knitted" swimming cossies, as soon as the water got to them they really used to sag plus they would leave loads of blue fluff stuck all over your body.

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Memories of Downham
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:31:10 AM »
Just been reading all your lovely stories. Allneeds I remember that shop, Mum used to buy her Zamo disinfectant there and the paraffin for the stove in the bathroom, oh gawd how I hated that smell, it always seem to lay on my chest. We also used to buy paraffin from the pink paraffin man that used to come round in a van. I wonder if either of the men in Allneeds were called Arkwright?

My mum also used to say "up the road" for the Northover shops and it was a hell of a walk for our poor old mums, walking from half way up Shroffold to Downham Way for the shopping and then lugging it all back up hill.

I remember a little bakers shop probably the second or third shop on the left as you went to Downham Way, there was an elderly, very upright man that owned the shop and worked there for years and he used to sell fresh yeast, not that we ever bought any but the whole shop used to smell lovely. Then in the early 60's was a clothes shop close to that bakers where most of my wages used to go, used to pay off weekly. Talking about paying off weekly do you remember Pecry's (not sure if I've spelt that right) in Catford, mum used to get most everything in there, our shoes, bedroom slippers, bed linen etc and that was all paid for weekly. We used to see Tommy Steele's mum in there regularly.

The Muffin Man on a Sunday, how I loved the sound of that bell about 4pm, always knew what we were going to have for tea and the pease pudding van, I used to rush out there with a big bowl for that, never liked the faggots but hmmm that pease pudding.

Keep em coming folks, I'm actually at work but it's so quiet at the moment.

Would love to hear from anyone who lived on Shroffold between 56-68. Our neighbours were the O'Neills, the Brennans, D'Amiral, Mr & Mrs Jenkins and Brian, Kenny Ludwick, Susan Williamson (or Williams?).
 

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General Discussion / Haircuts - Pets Corner
« on: February 19, 2008, 08:49:20 AM »
Come on now let's get the old grey matter working, where was Haircuts? I can't remember exactly where it was, maybe Bellingham? I used to walk there and buy a couple of little white mice and it was worth the bus fare on the way back to accidentally let one of the little fellas loose on the top deck!! My youngest brother used to get so upset seeing the puppies and kittens all squashed together in minute cases and was always trying to open the cages and let them out. I remember the owner being a very stout man with pure white hair. 

Anyone know how he got the name of Haircut?

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I remember that monument/drinks fountain. When were kids it was a regular summer treat to walk from Shroffold Road to Crystal Palace Park and home again and what a welcomed site that fountain used to be, but I do remember it always had that metally taste to it, like the old drinks fountains in the school playgrounds.

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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: February 19, 2008, 08:26:42 AM »
Sue this has got to be the same Smiffy, there appears to be two Smiffys and also mention of Smiffy/Smudge. If you put a new post on there to Smiffy you can then find out if he's your brother's mate.

Good luck


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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: February 19, 2008, 07:58:41 AM »
Hi Sue, maybe your brother's mate Smiffy is our Smiffy on this site. If you look back through previous posts you'll see Smiffy is on here regularly.

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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: February 18, 2008, 11:04:52 AM »
Hi Sue, just found where you lived in Dagonet Gardens, you were only a turning off of Shroffold weren't you, I'm terrible for remembering street names.

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Notable Downham Residents (past and present!) / Re: Notable Downhamites
« on: January 24, 2008, 11:26:22 AM »
Is it time to namedrop and say that I know Paul Jones from Manfred Mann. Well, to be fair, he's a friend of a friend, and we've had a meal at his home in Wimbledon a couple of times, and met Paul and his lovely wife Fiona Hendley (remember "Widows" - the 80's drama series anyone?)

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Notable Downham Residents (past and present!) / Re: Notable Downhamites
« on: December 19, 2007, 02:04:10 PM »
How about our very own Henry Cooper he came from Farmstead Road, Catford.

Souxie & The Banshees she came from Bromley.

Manfred Mann, although thinking back that might have been Beckenham, my friend and I used to hang around outside his house praying for a glimpse of Paul Jones.

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General Discussion / Re: Robertsons Jam Factory & Glennifer Laundry
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:03:18 AM »
Hiya Brenda, I love reading everybody's memories of Downham, my Mum used to get us three all ready for bed and then off she'd go to Glennifer Laundry, like all the Mums in those days they worked themselves to death almost didn't they, she'd go out about 8 and get back when we were all fast asleep. Her and her mate held the record of being able to hand fold 1,000 sheets a night! I don't ever remember her being able to bring home any jam though but of course when she had a job at the Pascalls factory we get a few mis-shapes, those lovely toffee almonds - yum.

I used to book an old book on one roller skate and whiz down that hill between the playing fields and we were very lucky as our back garden in Shroffold went straight into the field, we'd just lift up the railing and off we'd go for the day.  We used to gather all the grass cuttings and make it into a little house with all separate rooms, mind you it was only a few inches high as you can imagine and we'd take the old gramaphone player out with our 78's, Davey, Davey Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.

Oh well back to work and stop this reminiscing.

Bye for now

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