Summer in the city: the last days of Hurstway Street 1969

July 1969. A boy sits on the kerb playing, his father or brother nearby on the wall of the steps leading up to a house.  Take a look at the other houses and the general air of stillness in Hurstway Street. The streets were quieter in those days but this street is quiet because it’s awaiting demolition. If the house with the steps is where they live then they’re almost the last residents.

I picked Hurstway Street almost at random, looking through the Photo Survey pictures taken by the then library photographer John Rogers. It was this one which caught Imy eye first:

This shows the street from the other direction. It’s possible the boy and his father/brother are the figures visible in the distance but I was looking at the car. It’s a Ford Zephyr. A few years later in 1976 my friend Steve had one which he attempted to restore to working order. I think I sat in it, on one of the bench seats, in the cleaning bay at M——-  (P—- Street) Garage. On its maiden voyage the engine blew up and Steve was left on some road in north west London sitting with most of his worldly possessions in a vehicle which would never move under its own power again. So for me the car prefigures the fate of the street. And to make the point further look at the poorly parked vehicle in the distance on the right on the picture.

Some kind of Triumph? John was here that day to record the streets in the area in their last days but you can see why he took one of this wreck.

This is the location from a contemporary OS map:

Several of the streets in this space between Lancaster Road and the Metropolitan line were ready for demolition or slum clearance  as they used to call it. John walked several of them that day. Hurstway Street runs into Barandon Street.

Demolition has already begun. There is evidence of a much older way of life here too.

The street is quiet enough for the rag and bone man’s horse to take a break and have some refreshment. Do you see the advert for Tizer (the appetizer) that strange unnaturally coloured soft drink with a flavour I can barely recall now?

Beyond the blackened houses and boarded up shop fronts you can see the railway and the more recent housing blocks.

I imagine John turning from Barandon Street into Testerton Street.

There is another tiny group of people with business in the empty street. See the pile of tires and the house next to it with writing on the wall?

A strange and cryptic set of signs or slogans representing a final comment on the street?

As he inspected it John thought this van too had been abandoned.

Seeing the doors open he went into one of the houses and got this picture from a rear window:

Finally he completed the rectangle by entering Blechynden Street.

Blechynden Street looks slightly more active at first glance. But the houses are just as empty.

The only significant activity is taking place at the far end by the railway.

It looks as though a large number of tires are being loaded onto trucks and taken away. (Or it could be a delivery I suppose).

Here you can see a train passing overhead and through the tunnel a younger housing block on the way to Bramley Road. Another one of those cars with vestigial tail fins, which are the dull descendants of those baroque American cars of the 50s.

John’s walk round this rectangle of doomed streets is complete. I’m assuming that in the middle of July it would have been a sunny day, maybe even hot but you can’t see that in these pictures. Elsewhere in London people are sitting in the sun and having a good time, but here you can only see the grim business of a tiny part of the city being wound up and turned into a fading memory.

There are the boy and the man again, and a woman walking up the street. Perhaps they were just visitors like John taking a final look at Hurstway Street before it disappeared.  The names Testerton and Barandon were used again in new housing on Lancaster Road as was Hurstway – you can  find Hurstway Walk on modern maps but to the best of my knowledge the curious name Blechynden vanished with the street.

Map detail copyright Ordnance Survey.

All photos by John Rogers.

73 responses to “Summer in the city: the last days of Hurstway Street 1969

  • Michael Gall

    Thank you David for crediting the photographer in this post. I have long wondered who we have to thank for these captured moments. As always with kindest regards. Michael

  • Chris Pain

    This is what Colin MacInnes thought about these streets:
    “On the east side, still in the w.10 bit, there’s another railway, and a park with a name only Satan in all his splendour could have thought up, namely Wormwood Scrubs, which has a prison near it, and another hospital, and a sports arena, and the new telly barracks of the BBC, and with a long, lean road called Latimer road which I particularly want you to remember, because out of this road, like horrible tits dangling from a lean old sow, there hang a whole festoon of what I think must really be the sinisterest highways in our city, well, just listen to their names: Blechynden, Silchester, Walmer, Testerton and Bramley—can’t you just smell them, as you hurry to get through the cats-cradle of these blocks? In this part, the houses are old Victorian lower-middle tumble-down, built I dare say for grocers and bank clerks and horse-omnibus inspectors who’ve died and gone and their descendants evacuated to the outer suburbs, but these houses live on like shells, and there’s only one thing to do with them, absolutely one, which is to pull them down till not a one’s left standing up.”
    Absolut Beginners (1958)

  • Des Elmes

    Blechynden Street hasn’t disappeared completely – the short section between the Hammersmith & City viaduct and Bramley Road is still there and still signed as such.

    The only things on it, though, are Bramley House (the housing block in the photo with the train passing over the viaduct), a car wash and a modern-day artists’ studio.

  • Carol Anne Walton

    Many good, decent, hardworking families lived in these streets and although they did not have all the mod cons of today, they kept themselves and the inside of their homes clean and tidy. I can assure you, YOU COULD NOT SMELL THE STREETS. Most of the properties were rented by people who only cared about the rent and nothing else.
    Latimer Road and all the other roads leading from it were by no means
    “the sinisterest highways in our city”. Times were very hard in those days. From a former resident of Walmer Road, whose family, going back generations were born and raised in that area.

    • Mark Hughes

      Yes I grew up in Clarendon Road (the part that’s gone now). Where I lived has been replaced by dwellings that, I’m positive, have much better amenities than those they replaced, but bear the characteristic stamp of modern British ‘architecture’: an almost total blandness and determined and steadfast lack of character or talent.

  • margo

    Thank you for sharing the photos. My great great great grandmother is listed in the 1881 census as a laundress, aged 73, living alone at 10 Hurstway St. Thanks for giving me an insight into what her life might have been like.

  • mark

    I lived at number 23 Hurstway Street with my dad Roy and my nan and grandad George and Irene Holley. It’s fantastic seeing these pictures because my memory is very hazy because i was still very young when we moved from there due to it being demolished.

    • maggie oleary

      I am absolutely gobsmacked because I have just logged onto this site and lived in 6 Hurstway street where your family originally lived. We shared the house with them and then they moved across the road. We moved out in 1962 and still have great memories of those days.Maggie

  • sharon

    I wanted to ask if anyone remembers a photo being taken in hurstway st in 1968/69 or all the kids in the street. It was in a local paper entitled something like “kids in poverty”? I would love to get a copy of the photo

  • Susan Pull (Walsh)

    we left the street in 1963-64 , i was 10 yrs old, i was born in number 14, which is the house with the steps in photo, i have a pic somewhere of the street, it was my birthday and a lot of kids sitting on the steps , i remember Mrs rose used to live next door to us and the Coleman family lived further down , my friend Brenda Cannon lived opposite in the houses that backed onto our street , she lived with her gran Mrs moore , next door to them were the Woodhouse’s, and Dolly Woodhouse used to work at Latimer road station and let me sit on her high stool and collect tickets , also remember the Pugh’s, had twin girls ‘ Mrs Smith , did the then King of Englands ironing , so the story goes , also the Martin family lived opposite us, and the Hayley family lived in our house on the top floor , they currently reside in the tower block by the station , and are still in touch with my mother they are all in their 80’s now , also the Hayley family has a sister that lived in little tess, Testerton street, was divided, so one bit was big tess & the other little tess , great memories , but the street never looked that ramshackle i’m sure in as in the death throes in those pics, also remember going to the dairy to take the milk bottles back, Mrs Begley and her daughter Maria worked there, we also played in the mews which was at the end of the street and turn left and under the bridge , to sharon from an earlier reply i would like to see that photo as well but if it was taken that late i doubt i would know anyone .

    • karen cowley (bowen)

      Hi susan, my mum was a pugh, i am one of the twins, i had two older sisters linda and gill..
      I think we lived with margaret martin, who we called our aunty..
      love reading these stories..

      • susan pull

        Hi Karen Cowley
        Great t hear from you i have a pic here of my sister and I wearing outfits that your mum had given us because we were close in age every one thought we were twins as well where did you mpve to from there I don’t think you went to our school as it was ST Francis in Pottery Lane a Catholic school sorry didn’t reply sooner as just seen your message

  • Brian Lucas

    Hi Dave / John first I would like to say what a great collection of photos you have and a big thanks for all your hard work. The question I would like if you can help is one of the photos in the article of Blechynden Street south side 1969 there is a public house on the corner I don’t think there was a pub in Blechynden Street apart from the one on the corner of Bramley Road which was the york pub. I think this could be mersey street and the pub on the corner of silchester terrace am I wrong if i am do you know what the pub was called? I need to correct a few people that have no idea where this is.

    • Dave Walker

      I had to go back to the orginal photos and maps for this one as the pub has no trace of a name and the street sign above it is also obliterated. The 1935 OS map gives a clearer picture. Blechynden Street used to cross Bramley Road and eventually join up with Latimer Road (St Francis School was on that corner). By the time John took these photos quite a bit of Blechynden Street west of Bramley Road was already under development. So the pub is the York I think and its street address was 59 Bramley Road. As most of the rest of the pictures were from the west of Bramley Road in the Hurstway Street area I may have unwittingly caused some confusion as the main subject of the post was Hurstway Street. Over the years me, my staff and our customers have spent many hours looking at photos and maps trying to figure these things out. John’s photo survey pictures have become an invaluable tool for local history.

      • sharon athy

        Hello Dave,

        Can you find out or do you know of some journalist photos that were taken of ” the children living in poverty” in hurstway street between 1966 and 1969? I would love to get copies of the photos. My husband (Kevin Power ), was in those photos and they were published in a local newspaper. Needless to say his parents were so proud of the newspapers description of children in poverty, lol!! I would appreciate any help you can give me


        On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM, The Library Time Machine wrote:

        > Dave Walker commented: “Brian I had to go back to the orginal photos > and maps for this one as the pub has no trace of a name and the street sign > above it is also obliterated. I had to go back to the 1935 OS map for a > clearer picture. Blechynden Street used to cross Bramley Road ” >

      • Dave Walker

        I’m not aware of any “poverty” photos of Hurstway Street in our collection. The newspaper concerned (The Kensington Post?) might have kept files – they were owned by the London Newspaper Group which still publishes local papers. The photographer Roger Mayne was also active in North Kensington in the 60s.

      • sharon

        Hello Dave, thank you for your reply. Unfortunately none of my husbands family can remember which newspaper took the photos. But the article was definitely about children living in poverty, which of course, no-one living in Hurstway at the time, considered themselves living in poverty. I am wondering now if it could have been a foreign journalist, as it would be unlikely a local paper would use such a harsh description. Unless anyone else out there remembers this photo and article, I guess we will never know. Thanks again Sharon

      • Brian Lucas

        Hi Dave thanks for your reply I have a photo of the york pub and it not the one in the photo the york was on the other side of the street to the other one in the photo, i had a look on the OS map of the area and there was a public house on the corner of mersey street and silchester terrace i sure this could be it i trying to find out the name of it, if you have any news it would be great. This is my photo of the York Pub

    • paultodman

      Brian, I have just noticed your post from August last year and visited your link. What an amazing collection of photographs, and for me particularly the one of Blechynden Street where my grandparents at no. 65 used to have a shoe repair business. Thanks so much for sharing these. Paul.

      • Alfie kirkum

        Paul would that have been : busy bees ?

      • paultodman

        Thanks for replying Alfie. To be honest I’m not 100% sure, but it seems likely as my Nan’s maiden name was ‘Bee’. In February Debbie posted a reference to ‘Buzzy Bees’ which is obviously very similar. I remember a brown door to the left of the shop and the shutters over the windows when it was closed.

        Did you live close by? Do you remember the shop or any of the family there?


  • Carol Anne Walton

    Yes, the pub on the corner of Blechynden Street and Bramley Road was the York, next door to Mancini Icecream Shop. Their icecream was delicious.

  • Paul Todman

    I have just discovered this site and I find the pictures and posts amazing. My grandparents used to live in Blechynden Street – my grandfather was an Italian immigrant and he ran a shoe repair shop (no. 65) on the left hand side as you walked down from Bramley Road towards Latimer Road. I always found this environment slightly threatening but I was also always curious about it and strangely attracted to it. The house was just after the kink in the road as I recall. I reckon I have more or less pinpointed, using old maps, the exact place where their quirky old house used to be, which of course is under the Westway now. I would love to see any more pictures of the area and hear any more stories from locals or visitors at the time. My memories are mainly from my childhood early teenage years in the late 1950’s early 1960’s.

    • Rosalind Jackson nee Rixon

      I used to have my shoes repaired in this shop. He was a lovely man. I can remember him very well.
      I used to live round the corner in Mersey Street.

      • paultodman

        Hi Rosalind. It was great to read your message and hear from someone who actually knew my grandfather. Thank you for saying what you did. He was a lovely man – extremely kind and always gave me and my brother half a crown when we visited. He brought up four children, my Mum being one, on what he earned from his shoe repairs. I looked up Mersey Street in my old Barthomew’s Atlas of London and Suburbs published in 1930. Mersey St is shown in the index but marked as ‘cannot be shown on the maps’. Was it a very small street, and was it opposite that corner on Blechynden Street? Did you ever see my Nan (Eva) or other members of the family? I’d love to hear what other memories you might have of that time and about your own experiences then.

      • rosalind jackson {nee Rixon}

        Hi Paul
        I was born in Mersey Street in 1938 and lived there until it was demolished in the 1960’s. we had a very happy childhood, Mersey Street was a busy street and just around the corner the from the shoe menders shop.

      • paultodman

        Hi Rosalind
        I used to visit my Nan’s in Blechynden St with my Mum and younger brother in the late 1950s and early 60s. Also, as a young teenager I used to cycle up the Uxbridge Road from Ealing to visit on my own every couple of weeks. I always remember the smell of the shoe repairs and then spaghetti and little fruit cakes my Nan used to make, washed down with orange squash mixed with lemonade (a pretty sickly combination it seems now). My grandfather used to like to sit in his little room upstairs on a Saturday afternoon and watch the horse racing and the wrestling on his little black and white tv. It was great to sit there with him, listening to his English/Italian accent. Lovely memories.

  • karen cowley (bowen)

    Hi susan, we moved to oakworth road, up by st quintens park. it’s lovely looking back at the old photo’s.
    we went to thomas jones school, then labroke ..
    where did you move too?
    where are you now?
    what was your sisters name?
    sorry for all the questions.
    my mum passed away when i was 29, bless her, she was only 69..

  • karen cowley (bowen)

    Hi Anyone remember the pugh family who had the coal merchants and totters?

    • Brian Collins

      Hello Karen, I certainly remember Pugh’s. I went to St. Francis School-Infants & Juniors-1960-1966.My mates & I used to go swimming after school in the baths & have a bag of chips afterwards. What I recall Karen, loads of cafes, pubs on every corner, my nearest being The Zetland on Princedale Road. I recall The Canterbury, Portland, Bramley. Good to see The Pig & Whistle is still open. As a teenager I spent evenings at The Rugby Club in Walmer Road-where my younger brother works, summer, a week in St Mary’s Bay, Kent was a treat. I really enjoy your observations on this site & A Long Walk down Walmer Road. Kind Regards, Brian Collins

    • Norman Norrington

      Hi I remember the Pugh’s coal merchants was friends with ‘Franky’ and Kenny Puxley I lived in 40 Blech next to Gerry Faheys sweet shop.

      Norman Norrington.

    • Norman Norrington

      Hi Karen I remember the ‘Pughs’ Frankie Pugh was a friend of mine
      I’m Norman Norrington lived at 40 Blechynden st next to Gerry Faheys paper shop..

  • Debbie Potter

    As a child I lived at no 25. I was part of the Bloomfield family. I remember a shoe menders in Blechynden St called ‘Buzzy Bees’. As a teenager my mum used to take her shoes in, usually just before a night out. I remember Pugh’s and the coalman delivering coal to the air raid shelter in our yard. I also remember the ‘Holly’s’ who lived next door. What I don’t remember is the street looking so run down and sad. it was a happy and lively place to live. My mum, Rose Bloomfield is still alive and healthy. She couldn’t believe the photos that I showed her and couldn’t stop talking about the good and colourful times when we lived there.

  • paultodman

    Hi Debbie. Can you remember whereabouts in Bletchynden Street the shoe repairers was? My grandfather had a shoe repairers at no. 65 but I don’t remember it being called Buzzy Bees, although my Nan’s maiden name was Bee and she was certainly a ‘buzzy’ character.

    • Rosalind Jackson nee Rixon

      it was on the corner opposite the oil shop and the mews.

      • paultodman

        Hi Rosalind. I have done a bit of research, including a visit to RBKC central library local studies. Nan’s place was indeed opposite the mews. I can now see from a map of where the Latimer Mission was that the road opposite was called East Mews Road. I’d love to get hold of some more old photos if I can. Thanks again for your message. Paul

  • Angela Mathews/Green

    Hi Susan were you part of the Cummins family. I lived opposite your house in number 18 with my nan Mrs James although some neighbours called her by her former name Mrs Green. I used to play with Annie and Kathleen were they your aunts?They had two younger brothers Eddie and Johnny. Also was your mother called May? They used to call her May May,Next door to us was the Flaherty’s and then I think it was Mrs Begley. On the other side was an old lady Mrs Smith. I also remember Mrs Rose. I moved away from the street in about 1957 and went to live in Mersey street when I was about 12. I have great memories of playing out in the street and people on their doorsteps it didn’t feel like we were living in slums as depicted in the photos

  • Susan Pull

    Yes Angela, my mother is May May, all her siblings bar one (sissy) Sarah are deceased and my mum has just been diagnosed as terminal , she is 81 , and my dad Jimmy is 86 , you must be a bit older than me , we left in 1968 when my mum had her last child ,

  • Angela Mathews/Green

    Hi Susan sorry to hear that your aunts and uncles have all died, I remember them so well. I remember you as a toddler and your sister Ann .I am round about the same age as Annie. Sad to hear that May is ill and is Sissy in good health?

  • Susan pull

    Can I post a picture ,

  • debbie hobbs

    we Lived at number 11.(hobbs).one of the very last families in the street…i recall the flahertys , and colemans and kirkhums..also emmie rowe …there was a photo taken by kjensington post of kids sitting on old tyres from the tyre yard .i was there when Leo The Last was being filmed …

    • Sharon

      My husband Kevin Power would have been in that photo by the Kensington paper. Is there anyway of getting a copy of it? Or if you have any idea of the appropriate date, I can try and track it down myself. Do you remember the Power family, they were one of the last to leave too. Regards Sharon

  • Sue Pull

    Doe’s anyone on here remember the Hayley family ( may have misspelt it) Jeannie and Alfie,, last known to have been living in the tower block opposite Latimer station, I believe they have a Son called Wayne, any information would be great thank you ….

    • Christine Bryant nee Davis

      Hi I knew Ron Short, him and wife Barbara and son Ronnie were my mum and dad’s best friends.. They were Ivy & Reg Davis who lived at number 27Mersey Street, my gran and granddad lived at number 31(?) they were Jack and Em Hemmings. Ron & Barbara were like family and we remained very close until ‘Uncle’ Ron died about 10years ago and ‘Auntie’ Barb died about 4 years ago. Their son Ronnie and I plus my sister have always called each other cousins because of our close nods between our families. Obviously as my ‘cousin’ we are still in touch. My dad originated in Bletchyden Street, number 54 I think, his gran was a Kirkum and his mum a Davis. I believe he was a bit of a lad! He died 4 years ago aged 89.

  • Chris Clark

    Message for Rosalind Jackson nee Rixon or anyone else. Did you know Reg Short from number 26 Mersey Street who was a taxi driver? He was about 4 years old than you. Any information would be great. Regards Chris.

  • Rosalind Jackson

    I new Reg Short. On Facebook there is a group called born in W10 you nay get some info from people on the site, Lots of people from Mersey Street on there, Good luck.

  • alan tomkins

    my mum lived in Hurstway as a kid and until she got married around 1945. i remember going there a lot in the 1950s and remember some houses had disappeared completely where bombs had dropped on them, like a tooth knocked out of a friendly smile. Mum lived at either no.9 or 11 with her parents and quite a few brothers and sisters. They were the Ewin family. Dad (Sidney) used to work at the pawn shop on the corner at the end of the road, i think it was called Boshers. Somewhere i have a crumpled photo of a street party in Hurstway street, It would have been 1953 or earlier, and i think i might have a photo of the pawn shop too. i remember being at the coronation street party in the street in 1953, and getting on stage and singing the national anthem because i thought i was going to get a prize. I didn’t!

  • Anthony

    This is a beautiful piece. You have captured a place we will never see again almost as the bulldozers moved in. Thanks for the writing and the photographs. Really enjoyed it.

  • Linda Murrell was Bowen

    We lived at no 15 Hurstway St. There was me, my sister Gill and my twin sisters Karen and kay. Our grandparents were the Pughs wgo had the coal yard. On the top floor was the Martin family. Does anyone remember buying their clothes from Bosher’s, it was just before Latimer Rd. station. Many happy memories. We moved out in 1964.

  • norman buck

    hi lived at no 11 from 1942-1949ish.the family were the ewin family .
    after that visited quite often suppose my mum and dad couldn’t keep away.
    like other people we didn’t think we were living in slums.
    I have 2x great photos of the VE day party how can I get them to you.
    you can see lots of the street families in the photo a good shot of the coalman[think he was a pugh]
    also you can see the air raid shelters down the middle of the street
    I have never ever forgotten my roots of hurstway treet
    regards norman

  • Karen Parle

    I have been looking into my family tree and some street names came up that I cannot find on modern day maps so I am assuming that these maybe streets that were part of the ‘slum clearance’. Could you let me know where they would have been in today’s geographic layout of North Kensington or at least where I could find out. The names are Tobin street, Virginia Place and William Street.
    Many thanks

    • Dave Walker

      Tobin Street later became Avondale Park Road. Virginia Place was a cul-de-sac off Penzance Place which no longer exists. William Street became Kenley Street and then Kenley Walk. All of them have been substantially redeveloped in the post war period.

    • Carol Walton

      I believe William Street was renamed Kenley street, which was just off Walter Road, in the direction of Princedale Road. Walmer Road was a very long road. I don’t recognise the other names. Hope this helps.

  • Ann Alexander

    I lived in testerton street at number 16 my Nan and aunt lived in hurstway street. We moved out in 63 I remember busy bees the shoe menders and mancinis ice creams also boshers the pawn shop our gran who lived next door used to buy me and my sister dresses from there,also remember fishers green grocers and tomlins the bakers. We went to st Clements school then Ladbroke Grove . Such happy memories.

    • Paul Todman

      That’s great to hear Ann. Do you remember the Italian man who ran the shoe repairers at 65 Blechynden Street? – that was my grandfather. We used to visit from Ealing in the 50s and 60s. My grandmother’s maiden name was Bee. Paul

  • Ann Alexander

    Hi Paul,
    I remember going to busy bees with my mum at one time there was a hairdressers next door as well. We left there in 1963 I do remember lots of names mentioned and have lots of early memories growing up there and the people in our street my best friend was Rita Watson who was also friends with Maria Begley they went to the catholic school Cardinal manning near Quintens park I also know the Corneys and Parrys I’ve loved reading all of this and have shown my brother and sisters.

  • Sean Kaye-Smith

    PS. Further to my comment yesterday about the film ‘Leo the Last’, now that I have read the posted comments more closely I can see that Debbie Hobbs (in September 2015) did mention being in the area when the film was being made, but it’s the only reference I’ve come across, so maybe many of the people who have posted comments are unaware of just how much the film features the streets, particularly Testerton Street and Barandon Street.

  • Julie Bonnington

    In the 1901 census both my grandparents lived in Testerton Street, my grandmother, (one of 12 children) lived at number 3, and my grandfathers family at number 15. I guess this is how they met as they were married in 1907. After marrying they lived at number 15 and I have two photos, taken probably in 1937, of a street party for George VI coronation, a much rather joyous picture than those of the derelict houses in 1969

  • Dennis COLEMAN

    Our (irish) family lived next to the Pugh ‘s at 28 blechyndon st in the 40’s. Next to the tyre yard. They also broke old car engines for scrap. The last time I saw the street it was painted black!! Much later I found out it was for a black comedy film. I also remember coal delivered through the pavement into our cellar

    • seankayesmith232522767

      The film being ‘Leo the Last’ (1970) starring Marcello Mastroianni, Billie Whitelaw and Calvin Lockhart, and directed by John Boorman. Well watching, particularly by people who knew the area before the streets were demolished and the area rebuilt.

  • Niall Rooney

    My parents and two elder brothers lived in Blechynden Street in the sixties, they had earlier lived in 32 St James’s Gardens W10 but had to leave when my mother was pregnant and children were not allowed by the landlord, she said that the housing was very poor unlike St james’s Gardens. My mother also told me about being refused to rent because she was Irish, the landlady said that the Irish were always drunk and fighting. My father told a story of hearing Oswald Moseley speak in Notting Hill, Moseley was trying to gain support from a mixture of bemused onlookers by saying ” we got the British out of Ireland, now lets get the blacks of Notting Hill ” which backfired with the crowd providing a source of laughter for the new immigrants of Notting Hill.

  • criss whicker

    hi, just out of interest we lived at number 10 hurstway street, I was very young then my name is criss [christopher ] whicker, we lived there I think between 1965-68, then on to st ervans road, , so I don’t remember to much, but I had older brothers and sisters,, Linda/Michael, David, and 4 others , is their a better picture of the street or one where number 10 is visible, I don’t know if anyone remember the family.

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