Familiar streets: a Paddington estate

When I first looked at Bernard Selwwyn’s pictures of 1950s Paddington I had no idea I was working with someone who knew a great deal more about the area than me. So this week my colleague and friend Isabel Hernandez is guest blogging, about a neighbourhood she knows very well:

 

You may recall a post Dave wrote a little while back called Unfamiliar Streets: Paddington 1959…It so happens that when I had the opportunity to view the photographs within that blog I realised to my surprise that I was very familiar with these northern Paddington streets. Views of the Warwick Estate prior to its redevelopment beginning around 1959 and the early 1960s were images I had never seen before, and considering I spent my entire youth growing-up on the relatively new estate, it really was like entering a time capsule. Very few of the original buildings survive now, with the exception of St Mary Magdalene’s and the local Victorian schools which I will talk about later, and some of the bigger, grander houses around Blomfield Villas. There have been name changes too: some abolished, others given to rebuilt roads such as Clarenden, Woodchester and Brindley.

Below is an image of Bourne Terrace, previously Westbourne Terrace North. The photograph appears to have been taken from Torquay Street which backs on to the now Westbourne Green Sports complex, opened around 1976. The railway lies directly behind that with the Westway looming large alongside it. On the corner of Bourne Terrace you can see 264 Saws Ltd and various blocks which no longer exist. They look to be derelict and ready for demolition with people going about their daily lives as usual. Nobody in that scene seems to have noticed the camera.

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Here’s another photograph showing Bourne Terrace, only this time one of the blocks has already been demolished. Already a new build has been erected on the left – the familiar flats of the current Warwick Estate. The spire of St Mary Magdalene’s is clearly visible in the background.

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Below is the Harrow Road with Bourne Terrace to the right and what appear to be lines set up for trolley buses. They were certainly gone by the time I moved in. The 18 and 36 bus routes were diesel run, ironically less clean than the electric bus option. All these blocks are now gone: the billboards, the shops. My memories of this part of the Harrow Road are not dissimilar to what exists today. To the right is a high rise block, possibly Brinklow House. Further up on the left, past the block of flats, existed the Westminster Council Offices (now an academy) and below that, garages where I housed my first car. To the right there was a Londis, a video shop (the epitome of visual technology at the time) and George’s chip shop. Each business had a residing family that we all knew well. People tended to stick around in the same community for a long time.

 

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Here’s another street which runs parallel to Bourne Terrace. This is Cirencester Street. To the right is the Roman Catholic chapel, Our Lady of Sorrows where I first had confession and had to wrack my 8 year old brain into confessing something inoffensive, like I really didn’t like my breakfast that morning, much to the priest’s amusement. Soon after, I did my First Holy Communion where my friends and I looked rather charming in our white dresses and suits. The chapel itself is quite beautiful inside.

 

Next to the chapel and above it – although not obvious – is my old primary school Our Lady of Dolours. The school was founded on this site in 1872 having previously been managed by priests of the church of St Mary of the Angels. It’s one of the few schools in London to still have a roof playground. At this point the school had yet to convert the front part opposite its façade into the front playground. I have many fond memories of the old place and I’ll never forget how small it looked when I returned many years later to visit. It must be true for all those who visit their old primary schools. We grow and mature and yet we’re not really sure when and how it all happened.

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Here’s the chapel again with the camera facing Desborough Street. The blocks to the right face onto the Harrow Road looking rather shabby and derelict.

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Below is a view of Our Lady of Dolours from a higher vantage point. Already the shabby, block opposite has gone and new flats are being built in the surrounding area. The high-rise block under construction is Wilmcote House, the first of six, high- rise blocks in the Warwick and Brindley Estates.

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Here’s another high vantage point of view. Our Lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Sorrows sectioned off and Wilmcote House nearing its 20/21 storeys. I lived in Gaydon House, nearest to Royal Oak and possibly the last of the six blocks to be built. Great views over London if you lived on the uppermost floors.

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Here’s Wilmcote House from the view point of St Mary Magdalene’s. To the far left is Edward Wilson C.E School. I assume named after the physician and naturalist who died on the ill-fated British Antarctic expedition lead by Captain Robert Scott in 1912. Edward Wilson practiced as a doctor in Paddington in his earlier years.

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Edward Wilson School seen from the back possibly from Cirencester Street. The skyline is a little different now with Gaydon House directly opposite the front of the school and the Westway marking a path through the lower horizon towards Edgware Road and Marylebone Road.

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St Mary Magdalene’s in the distance with the endless row of houses leading up to it. This gives you an idea as to how little space there was. It was designed by the architect George Edmund Street and it is often described as a ‘long, tall narrow design’ simply because the layout of the former streets gave little room for width. Now, of course, there is a spacious green behind the church with the Grand Union Canal running parallel to it. As children after school lunch, usually a hideous concoction of hard boiled potatoes, spam and simpering vegetables that would probably make Jamie Oliver’s toes curl, we would be taken by dinner ladies to the green to play. We would often dare each other to go up to the church wall, put our hand on it and count to ten – seems perfectly harmless – except we just knew it had to be haunted. To our point of view a gothic behemoth such as that, towering over our small frames was good enough reason to allow for our vivid imaginations to concoct some fantastical cowl covered floating monks to be living there in all their frightening silence. I know now that this is quite impossible. St Mary Magdalene’s was only completed around 1878. No cowled monks in the area at the time as far as I know.

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Here is the church again a little closer, from the other side of the canal. I have always admired its red brick walls and unassuming character. It’s not surprising it is often used as a film location. A church ‘completed by degrees’ in the middle of a crowded residential area. Now it stands as the centre piece of the Warwick Estate. If you want more details about the church, Pevsner’s London 3: North West is an interesting read.

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The Warwick Crescent development underway; note the leaning lamp-post in stark contrast to the massive crane beyond the corrugated barriers. Out with the old in with the new. It seems a shame that these could not have been restored – as far as street furniture goes these were rather attractive.

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The new blocks of flats were going up as soon as the rubble from the old houses was cleared. Presumably, rather than demolish everything in one fell swoop and displacing many residents, it made sense to demolish sections and rebuild, that way you could re-house people in increments and not displace them for too long.

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Here is a clearer photograph of the flats under construction. These are what you will find on the Warwick Estate now.

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I will conclude my post with this image. Here, the old and the new seem to co-exist in an absurd time warp: old houses new flats. Note the lampposts again! Here we see (what I assume) are residents passing through what appears to be Lord Hill’s Road. It now connects Senior Street with Delamare Terrace. I imagine a mother with her shopping trolley; gentlemen in suits, perhaps finishing work for the day; somebody on a motorbike and a chap looking at the camera on the other side of the road taking an interest in what our photographer is doing. It’s difficult to see unless you expand the image. They all seem to be taking the huge redevelopment in their stride quite literally. I wonder what they thought of it all.

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Postscript:

I came to the Warwick Estate as a child in the early 1970s and my first impressions are still relatively clear in my memory: tall high-rise blocks, lots of green spaces to play in, a canal full of sticklebacks and the ever stoic St Mary Magdalene’s at the centre of all the residential flats. Being a new girl on the block what I experienced was the London County Council’s post war answer to social housing. I never realised – now looking back at maps and photographs – just how densely populated the area was with narrow streets. A true Victorian relic. I had never seen what the area looked like before my tenure there so to have looked at these images and given the opportunity to talk about them was a real treat. Some of you reading this may be familiar with these Paddington streets and may even remember how it was before the cranes arrived on the scene. There is so much I’m still learning about my old haunt; for example, I had no idea that the painter, Lucien Freud had a studio in Delamare Terrace and later in Clarenden Crescent. Did you? History always has a way of inviting you to delve further. I would never say I know everything there is to know about my old address because I clearly don’t but I hope to have piqued your interest just a little and that you have enjoyed looking at these photographs as much as I have.


109 responses to “Familiar streets: a Paddington estate

  • Cassie

    Thanks for this really interesting step back in time. I grew up in Gaydon House on the Warwick Estate with one of the authors and it’s fascinating to see what this area looked like before the post-war blocks we see today. As a footnote, the film The Blue Lamp was filmed around this area in the 1950s. There is a scene on Lord Hill’s Road where the camera makes a 360-degree sweep and takes in St Mary Magdalene’s, Clarendon Crescent (now parkland of sorts) and Bourne Terrace.

    Cassie

  • teresastokes

    Another film which was shot all over here was “Never Let Go” (1960) starring Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Adam Faith, John Le Mesurier, Peter Jones, Mervyn Johns. There is a fascinating website reelstreets.co.uk full of stills from the film, accompanied by modern shots of the same place where possible, but often not possible such as in the long gone Chichester Road and Chichester Place.

  • Che

    I also grew up in gaydon house have lived on warwick since 1988, i love to see old pictures, and know exactly what wall you were referring to that is haunted, that church is a very scary church, i remember the park next to gaydon having a couple of swings and one bit of apparatus, i remember when George lowe court was a scrap heap. This area is incredibly beautiful and always has been it looks like.

  • Ted Marsh

    I Used to live in this area of Paddington before and during the war so I recognise most of the photos shown, it certainly is amazing to see some of the old sights again.I was born at Westbourne Square in1936 which was near most of the streets in this collection of photographs. Westbourne Square connected to the bottom of Lord Hills road, and although it was called a Square it was more triangular in shape with a garden in the centre, the houses were large Five story terraces with basements my family lived in one of those, the garden is still there, but during the war an air raid shelter was built there, and so it was a short run to get there when when the siren went. Westbourne Square was hit by a flying bomb in July 1944 resulting in a large loss of life. If there is anyone else out there that remembered Westbourne Square it would be good to hear from you also there must be a photo of the Square before it got bombed, I have been searching for years for one, this great site is an opportunity to maybe find that elusive photo.

    • Jacqueline Cowling was Dell

      Hi It is good to read your post ..I lived in Westbourne Square in the prefabs that were built on the bomb site. we left when we were rehoused in Watford I was 12 then and I missed my life in Paddington very much.a
      My father was born in Delimere Terrace, where I spent the first 6months of my life and where my grandparents lived,
      Be good to hear from you

      • Ted Marsh

        Hi Jacqueline. It is nice to know that at last l have been in touch with someone who lived in Westbourne Sq, as l have said in my previous post l was born there in 1936 and when the Fly Bomb flattened it in 1944 we were rehoused to Westbourne Park Road. I’m not sure when the prefabs were put up probably around the mid 50s l suppose, it interested me that you lived in the Sq l never went back there much after the war, l went to Senior St School until l was eleven and then on to Amberley rd, and left in 1951 to start earning my keep as they say. You mention Delamere Terrace where your parents lived, strangely so did mine from about 1920/29 with my elders brothers and sister, they lived at No3 so maybe they may have known your family, my mothers name then was Nelly Heal, been searching for a photo of Westbourne Sq pre war for years, alas no one seems to have one it would be nice if you have,thanks for your message, Ted Marsh

      • Jacqueline Cowling was Dell

        Hi Ted, good to read your post yes very sad that there is no photos, I spoke to my Aunt who was Lillian Dell who was born on Delamere terrace and she said she remembers they had to lay out all the bodies on the street when the square got bombed, I will ask her which number she lived on D.T. and ask her if she new your family she is 92 but is all there

    • Pat Barry

      I lived in Cirencester St, opposite the church.As a four year old when the bomb was dropped I still remember it. I and my then ten year old sister were alone in the house as my mother was at a hospital appt. Incidentally my sister whose name then was Jean Tipping also went to Senior Street school.

  • Jay

    I Grew up in Gaydon house during the 80’s and 90’s and went to Our Lady Of Dolours primary school…..have actually been in awe while reading this article and viewing what Warwick estate used to look like.
    Hearing the story of touching the wall of the haunted Church was astounding as I did the exact same thing and to know that the author went to the same school and lived in the same block as me is just made it all the more cool!
    Brought back some amazing memories…George’s chippie and the video store! #Nostalgic…..thanks!

  • Marion Rice

    I have lived in the area all my life.My grandmother came Paddington after the war with her two children.They had to leave Cork (rep of lreland)to join my grandfather who had been wounded in ww2.Four generationso have now lived in the area.I would like to be able to show my children and grandchildren what the areas was like.They will then understand their root’s andshow them the community that existed then.

    • Jacqui r

      Hi Marion, was just checking out old photos of Paddington and saw your comments. My husband’s family (Harts)also moved from Cork to London. They lived at 6Desborough street in 1939. They also lived lat 422 Harrow Road in the 50’s. we believe it was a fishmongers shop. Not sure if it was theirs or they just lived above it. Their children would have gone to Our Lady of Delours primary school Thomas and Bridget. Do you recognise the names? Kind regards Jacqui Ryan

  • Tony Gray

    From the late 40’s to 1958, I lived at 35 Lord Hills Road. The Tuck shop and laundry were opposite. A few doors to the left was a newsagent (Tessa was the daughter) next door was a drapers shop (wool, knitting needles) a few more doors further was Ossie the oil shop, he drove an Austin. On the other corner of Senior St. there was a shop were you get a 2d loose(fags) then another laundry. Opposite the newsagent was Delamare Cresent on one corner the Old England pub the over corner Dr. Lewis, he drove a green Jaguar. Under Lords Hill canal bridge on the W9 side was Scotties. rag and bone shop. Matthew Hall factory was in Amberely Rd. To the right of 35 was another rag and bone man, he drove a Standard Vanguard. On the corner of Bourne Terrace was an off licence, on the far corner was Jones the dairy. On the corner of Harrow road and LHR was a club we named the Tin Hut, table tennis, etc. When you turned left into Bourne Terrace from LHR, with your back to the canal. It was known as the Square, there was about 30 Prefabs. To the right after Jones dairy, there was Cressies the green grocers, a toy shop on the next corner. There was a chemist and boot repair shop opposite the green grocers. Philip Terrace was after the boot shop there was an entrance to Edward Wilson my old school. There was a bakers on the Bourne Terrace end and an off licence on the Senior St. end, which sold peace pudding and faggots. Top end of Bourne Terrace, Torquay St. was Copydex glue co. left into HR was Mosses fish and chip shop further up was Kings, toys paper, etc. Just round the corner was a chewing gum factory. Also went to Mary Mags and was in 122 life boys in the Baptist church hall,over by Royal Oak.

    • Cathy Heap

      Amazing detail, we moved into Oldbury House on the main Harrow Road in 1963. When we moved in the Pub with the off licence was called the Oliver Arms. I am really pleased that you remember Kings chip shop, nobody I know that was brought up there can remember it at all. You could get a penny of crackling along with anything else you wanted and all wrapped in newspaper. 4 out of 5 of us children in the family went to Edward Wilson but my little brother for some reason went to St. Mary Mags. Oldbury House was above the shops on the Harrow Road with Torquay Street across the other side of the road behind more shops (but those shops were not part of the Warwick Estate. In the shops underneath our maisonettes was DER television shop, The Post Office which was heaven for us kids as it seemed like behind the counter on the wall there hundreds of big jars of sweets, then all the loose sweets that you could buy your sixpence mix up sweets. There was Billy Lodge the fruit and veg shop who had an after school and Saturday boy called Tommy Bloomfield. Their was a butchers which Mum sent me to under instruction to ask for 1lb of Best Mince so that people didn’t know we were poor!!! We were no poorer than anyone else I don’t think but my Mum had her standards to keep up.
      Across the road was a shop that opened with only big chest freezers (not that I knew they were chest freezers then). Even for mum and other neighbours they were mesmerised by everything being frozen, she was particularly impressed with frozen peas!!!
      Whether this is relevant I don’t know but it was known as The Birds Eye shop. I can only assume that it had a sign above the shop front with that name on it.
      Lastly good old Dr A A Lewis with his bow ties on every day. We had originally lived at 242 Harrow Road, which was virtually the new site for the Stowe Boys Club. When we lived there Dr Lewis had a Surgery on the Harrow Road, it was on a corner and if my memory serves me correctly it was somewhere before Torquay Street an the canal. If he was needed on a home visit that’s before we moved, he used charge 2/6d to come out. I don’t think that carried on after he got his lovely new surgery on the Warwick Estate.
      Truly enjoyed your memories, so thanks for sharing 😌

      • Eddie B

        I remember parts of this area undergoing demolition and construction, playing in the derelict houses of Clarenden Crescent the ones on the canal side, I saw every tower block built, the 21’s we called them, all having 21 floors, and played on the building sites. Site security was non-existent and we used get in and sit on the dumper trucks etc, one time they had the police out warning kids in the area not to play with the nail-gun cartridges that had been taken and there was us with hammers merrily setting them off. When Brinklow house was being built they had left a long rope hanging from about 5 floors up and can remember swinging in a huge arc around the corner of the building. If my parents knew they would have had a fit. We never saw danger then in fact found it great fun, probably why the adventure playground on Senior street which soon opened was popular. I remember it very well and spent a lot of time with other kids there. One particular memory is of one firework night, they had a huge bonfire built in there and someone had poured petrol on to get it going, but far too much, so that when it was lit there was a big explosion, blowing the kid who had the matches back 10 feet, burning his hair and eyebrows off. Donald was his name, brothers Dave and Steve, they lived over St Stephens Gardens area over the foot bridge, at the end of Torquay street, I remember you Cathy, I think you also had a sister Susan who was about my age possibly younger. I do remember Lodges and Tommy Bloomfield although my brothers knew him better, as they were older. I had three who all used to go around there as well. I remember the shops mentioned also the little shoe shop around the corner past the Oliver on Bourne terrace, I think there was a little hairdressers as well. Some of the other family names I recall around this area were The Timoneys, Halligans Liz & Frank Buckley, Kate Carberry, Dennis, Christine and Tony Kavanagh, Tony Peverall, The Delaneys and Hastings. Shaylers, Newnhams, Colin Handel, Charlie Daly, Jimmy Lowe, Richard Bennet, Peter Sculley, Micky Nagel, Pete McCabe, Jimmmy Docherty, Janet Coombs, Tweet and Cheryl. Not all the names lived in the area but used to go around there. There was also a younger kid they called Handbrake who could occasionally be seen whizzing his way around the streets with his imaginary handbrake and steering wheel.

        We moved away in the early 70’s after my dad died, but still kept in touch with the area, and later on when drinking became a common past time we would sometimes visit The Oliver, The Gondolier, The Saxon, and sometimes on a weekend, Fangs below the hotel at Paddington Station. All now long gone. I hope these thoughts bring back some memories.

      • Joe

        Hi Cathy,
        I remember all those shops well and the fish shop in particular. The crackling was the best especially after having been swimming down at Porchester Baths. I also worked at Lodges the grocers as a Saturday boy for a while and remember having to carry sacks of potatoes up from the storeroom which was downstairs. We rented our TV’s from the DER shop for years and hardly had any problems with them. The Post Office was always the first port of call after school at Dolours. As well as the sweets they had a great selection of comics and toys. .We lived around the corner in Senior and would often play footbali in the lane behind Oldbury House where the garages were.

        Joe

      • Phyllis Pearmund nee hughes

        Just ‘re read the posts and the name Cathy heap rang a bell with me. I went to Edward Wilson School up to 1964 and I remember a Catherine Heap, could it be the same person?

    • Jacqueline Cowling was Dell

      Hi there I lived in those prefabs till I was 12 and went to Edward Wilson school from 1949 to 1959 lovely to read your post and remember all the shops

      • Tony Gray

        Hi Jacqueline,
        The three schools and Mary Mags, are all that remains of that era. Mary Mags, have obtained a grant to refurbish St Mary Magdalene Church and to build a new Heritage and Learning Centre next door, with a cafe. They are looking for people with stories of their history in area. Lucy foster is the contact on their website. The church has murals on the ceiling, which are to cleaned as part of the works.

    • DAVID SPELLEN

      We lived in Lord Hills Rd [could have been No15] from 1956 to 1963. When they finished building the flats in Bourne Terrace [where the prefabs used to be] we simply moved across the road. I vividly remember playing football and cricket in the street and if a car had the temerity to drive down there we’d grudgingly move our goalpost or wickets to allow them to pass. Ah, those halcyon days of playing on bomb-sites, swimming in Porchester Baths [and going chlorine blind], cycling up to and around the Rec or bunking in the Bughole. There was a fabulous shop halfway up Lord Hills Road which sold mops etc and had a wood burning stove which I liked to huddle around. Was it Matthews who had the dairy in Bourne Terrace and their son delivered milk on a pull-along float?

    • maureen fallows nee winn

      hi i remember lords hill used to go and get my nan a jug of cider and get her snuff i lived number 62 cirecsester street

      • Pat Barry (was Tipping)

        Hello Maureen, I lived at number 87 Cirencester St, opposite the church. Lived there until about 1946, then moved to a prefab in Waverley Walk. My Aunt, Uncle and two cousins lived there for many more years.

      • Keith Milne

        Keith Milne
        21 June 2020

        Thanks for the very interesting information on past Paddington .l would like to give you my shortened bits of memory from the time I was 3 yrs to 11 yearsold living near the areas mentioned. Also my schooling and good memories of the area of central Paddington ie Westbourne Square, Paddington Green and
        Senior street school ( Edward Wilson ).

        I was born in Paddington hospital, Harrow Road in December 1942.
        We lived in Westbourne Square – a lovely house as I was told by my mother.
        I was a baby having an afternoon nap in the bedroom over looking the gated Gardens in 1944 .I awoke and was crying ,so my mum and her sister got up and went to the kitchen which overlooked the Royal Oak Station and railway lines. Suddenly a great thud hit the square. I was thrown into the fire place and my mum and aunty Ruby were on the floor. When they opened the bedroom door there was only ruble and destruction . Later a group of people helped us all to get to the hospital. Bodies were lined up in the gardens over the area of the square. A lot of people were killed . We were rehoused at 12 Durham Terrace W2. We lived there for two years then were rehoused to Gloucester Terrace W2 – the park end which was great. We were there from 1946 to 1968 .

        My schooling was happy at Edward Wilson. I went there at the age of 3yrs- the nursery section.I can remember playing outside with all the kids ,the sand pits,and the toys were basics but I’m sure good fun .I can always remember sitting in the class room with a burning fire ,and the teacher was reading a nursery tale . Also at about 2pm we had a sleep in the bottom class room with a small bottle of milk and a Viral Sticky sweet . My bed had a red car painted at the end of the bed. The same red car was painted at our sink and toilet place area .There was always a smell of sulphuric from the steam trains at Paddington station . Life at my junior school Edward Wilson I’ve got to say I can remember lots of things from the age of 5 to 11yrs but I will only point out the some interesting things of that time .the teachers I can remember a Mr Stride the head master, Mr Grenville, Mrs Milkio – a Scottish teacher , Mrs Fay – she was always smelly with body odour – we used to call smelly Fay .
        I’m sure they we’re all young but looked old as we were so young , apart from Mrs Austin who was in her late 50s then – she also lived in Durham Terrace .
        I had a lot of friends at school, but my great mate was a chap called George Dickson
        who lived in a flat above an old coal shop in Westbourne Terrace next to a shop that used to sell sweets, lolly pops and sherbet dips. On the corner of Philip street and Westbourne Terrace there was a bakers – two old chaps who used to make ginger bread men and other goodies . On the other side of the road was a fish and chip shop that sold bags of crushed chips – half penny a bag.
        When we lived at Gloucester Terrace my mum gave me two pennies a day. This was for my bus fare to school a number 36 – Royal oak bus stop near Westbourne Terrace . After school I had to make the decision was it a num er 36 or an XL chewing gum or a packet of crisps or a penny roll. Yes the 36 bus was always last on the list. After the snack I used to run home viathe Red Lion Pub down onto the Bishops Bridge Road to Gloucester Terrace.
        Going back to people ,I used to have a girl friend her name was Julie Gilbert. She lived opposite the canal – Delmar Terrace the first house facing the canal. A small part of the film the Blue Lamp was filmed in her house .
        Also I was very fond of a girl who lived opposite the chewing gum factory in a large Victorian house in Westbourne Terrace her name was Theresa O’Dower – not sure of the spelling. If you know the people mentioned pass the information on.

        Going back to before the flying bomb disaster ,my sister, Josie Milne, can remember the house before it was destroyed . She was evacuated to Yorkshire in 1941 and didn’t come back to Gloucester Terrace until 1946 – she also went to Edward Wilson school .
        I would like to add more to the saga of that period and those lovely happy school days. I would just mention one more interesting thing ,I was sitting in the class ,I was about 10yrs old. Mr Grenville came into class room and said that they are making a film at the top of the hill ,Harrow Road in the Coliseum cinema – a film called the Blue Lamp. He said we could leave school early and see the making of the film . I remember going with a friend called Terry. I remember Dirk Bogart shooting Jack Warner the policeman. If I hadn’t S::::T myself as a one year old I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale .
        LUCK.😬😬😬👍
        I know one can’t go back ,but why destroy all the houses – they were in good condition.😱 Just one more thing ,the name Corrigan was mentioned in the notes – my mum used to know a Maisie Corrigan.
        Do you remember the shops at the Chichester St and Senior St on the hill, ration books and gob stoppers and liquorice. After leaving Edward Wilson school I went to Bell Field school Marylebone – not good.

        Keith Milne 21 June 2020.
        😫

  • Sue Spendlove

    Hi also lived in the area as a child. Mum and dad were born in North Paddington and came to Warwick est from Harrow Road mid 60,s. Lived on Warwick Crescent and loved it. Lots of friends and a good community. Little Venice which I could see very morning out of my bedroom window. 64 Warwick Crs. I remember names such as Gary Peveral, Steve Cole, Steve Lowin and the girls were Alice Ossawy, myself Sue Howe and Jane Wynn. Loved looking at the old photos, reminding me of my time in Paddington and shopping on the Harrow Road in the early 1960’s with my mum on a Saturday morning. I went to Sarah Siddon’s School not so good experience walked along the Westway each day to get there.

    There also used to be a Cinema on the Harrow Road and my granddad I believe worked as a projectionist at one time. This is the cinema which was in the film the Blue Lamp. Anyway its been fun reminiscing.

    • Peter Hewlett

      Hi maureen, I went to Holy Trinity school in the early fiftys, head master a Mr Annge a Mr Soper, Miss Clements, Mrs King. And a tall skinny teacher, who I can’t remember the name of. A little shortarse Taffy the caretaker, with an liking for the young ladies!!!!!!!

      • maureen fallows nee winn

        hi peter the tall skinny teacher was mrs cryer mr holmes was our headmastr mrs cryer became mrs ann dear she taught in spain untill she died one year ago she was 80 mr mathews the short taffy caretaker we used to ege him on just to get him to chase us i kept intouch with the tall skinny one i was good friends with her till she died i loved tht school mrs clements taught us dancing and sewing

    • Pete C

      Hi Sue do you also remember other friends of Gary peverals steve coles there’s vince an Francis Murphy Steve lowings sister and Geoff Howe and a few others we used to call the block you lived in the White Flats do you remember that vince and Francis always seemed to have the flat to them selves and ther were lots of parties
      We were all quite young at the time but they were great days on the estate I could throw so many names at you back from those days because thinking about it I feel I knew most people on that estate Long walk to Sara Siddons each day for you I was lucky I only had to go over lockbridge and stroll into north padddington school while all the other boys had to get to Rutherford

  • maureen fallows

    love reminiscing I remember the chewing gum factory was next to the salvation army in cirescester street of the harrow rd used to go to Edward Wilson school then to holy trinity near royal oak old church school gone now remember sarah Siddons school being built I thought that school was posh what you think when you are young I wonder if jane wynn could have been my cousin I am Maureen wynn.

    • maureen fallows nee winn

      i lived at number 62 cirensester street from 1947 used to pick the chewing gum up and eat it never did me any harm do you remember teddy winninggale who drowned in the cut .

      • Phyllis Pearmund nee hughes

        For Eddie B. I use to live a couple of doors along from the Kavanaghs in Hampden Crescent. Christine was my friend and I remember Dennis and Tony. One Sunday I had a small birthday party and a few girls were invited including Christine. Tony started crying (we were playing out when mum called us in) so mum and dad brought them in washed their filthy face and hands and sat them at the table to join in the birthday party. I remember too the ice cream van on Sundays and the cockles and whelks man. Dad would send me down to buy half a pint shrimps, cockles etc for Sunday tea. I think it was Christine’s uncle ,who lived in the same house .who use to drive a flat bed lorry carrying huge blocks of ice, The Kavanaughs were rehoused before us and moved to Huntingfield road in Roehampton but couldn’t settle so they moved back to Paddington into one of the new flats. We did in fact move to Roehampton in 1964. It was a different world to the one that I grew up in. A lovely 3 bedroom house with a garden and the green open spaces of the commons!! However I do think the happiest memories are of the childhood spent in slums and bomb sites.

  • Nick Irish

    What a fabulous series of posts from Dave and Isabel.I have lived in the area for 25 years (Gloucester Terrace, Talbot Road, Clarendon Gardens, Sutherland Avenue, and now Randolph (previously Portsdown) Avenue) so it’s a real treat to see and hear some of its history.
    Many thanks to you all.

  • Elaine Alexandrou

    I was lived in Paddington most of my young life at 26 Warwick Crescent. What a lovely area. I have such happy memories of living there. Lovely neighbors. My parents, Lou and Leslie Hill, moved away in 1996. Whenever I visit the area I think of all the good times we shared in Warwick Crescent. Unfortunately mum and dad have passed away. We have a bench dedicated to mum and dad at Little Venice gardens.

    • maureen fallows nee winn

      i lived in cirencester street with nan and grandad nan was well known she was a singer busker so i became a singer also nan was winn then her husband died and she became elizabeth pither

  • Moquette

    Fascinating stuff! Oddly another film was located in this area – “The Boys” in 1962 with scenes of the redevelopment under way. The National Library of Scotland map site shows the area well.
    http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17.899108785448735&lat=51.5217&lon=-0.1888&layers=173&b=1

  • MARGARET

    Very nostalgic looking at these photos where I grew up. We lived in the basement at 32 Delamere Terrace opposite the canal. I was born in 1947 and went to Edward Wilson school, later Essendine. Due to what was termed the slum clearance, we had to move in 1959. Yes, Lucien Freud did live further down the street. I remember all the filming that took place in these streets and have many autographs…David McCallum. Jill Ireland. Jeffery Hunter, Stanley Baker and many more. They were happy days for me playing in the bombed buildings and streets. I also used to go to the Salvation Army as a kiddie, they had lots going on. Oh well !m

    • Jacqueline Cowling was Dell

      Amazing Margarate I was born in 1946 went to same shool as you E.W. and also used to go to the sunday school, I remember the teacher had budgies so we used to collect grass seed for her to give them, Do you remember Mr.Stride the head master at E.W. and my one teacher I remember who scared me was miss Brick

      • MARGARET

        Yes a coincidence Jacqueline. I remember Mr Stride the HM, and I think the other teacher you mentioned was a Miss Warbrick. Also a Mr Dupre (it was said as Doopray), a Mrs MacIlheny. I remember the junior girls playground on the roof. It was great. Where did you live by the way ?

    • Sandy Orr

      Jacqueline Cowling was Dell / Margaret (?) – I am researching my mum’s family right now and came across your response to Ted Marsh while looking for a shot of Cirencester Street (No. 55 where I have my Great Grandparents Robert and Flossie Vidgen living in 1933), as my mums whole family also comes from that area, she went to Edward Wilson between 1951 to about 1957 so you might even know her or her sister Susan Broxup nee Vidgen (who still lives on Shirland Road).

      We were trying to work out how you could see Edward Wilson School from Cirencester Street When I read your response to Ted out to my mum (Janice Vidgen) you mentioned Lillian Dell who my mum remembers as being friends with her mum & dad – Vera and Bobby Vidgen, she was so pleased to hear she’s still around. Please give Lily all our best from Janice Lello nee Vidgen and family in Canada 🙂 Sadly my grandparents are now gone, and the only one of my granddads sisters/brothers left is my Great Aunt Flossie Vidgen who she may remember, and who still lives in the area.

      Just a note, my mum had to be moved on as a toddler by Jimmy Handley when they wanted to film a scene of the Blue Lamp , she wouldn’t be moved and had to be bribed with an ice Cream lol,

      We wondered what Margaret’s (comment above) name was back then as you were all about the same age and your memories are similar to hers.
      My mum also remembers those teachers from E.W. and distinctly that Mrs MacIlheny walked with a cane. Dr Lewis was her family doctor too. My mum and I used to live on the Harrow Road above Carpenters Jewelers in the early 70’s (Mr Carpenter was lovely man & I used to watch him work for hours through a hole in the stairs above his workshop) this was next to the Fish and Chip shop,

      • MARGARET

        Hi, sorry for the delay. I believe that I corresponded with your mum Janice Vidgen on Friends Reunited, but that has now gone. My surname was Errol. Some of my friends at EW were Jennifer Burton whose mum and dad George and May Burton had the corner shop on Senior Street at the Lord Hills Road end. Linda Reid from Clarendon Crescent, Janet Oliver from Delamere Terrace also Vera and Jimmy Smith. Rosemary Barnstaple (married and living in Germany), Terry Housego (I am still in touch with) Keith Goss, Christine Doyle, Beatrice O’Donnell, the Corrigans who lived next door, and so on. Dr Lewis was also our doctor.

    • maureen fallows nee winn

      hi do do you remember edward winningale who drowned in the cut he lived in cirecester street it was in 1953

    • Maureen Fallows

      dont know the name of the pub in lords hill do you remember

  • Ndinos Kyriacou

    This is a fabulous historical resource. I moved into 88 Gaydon House as a young child when it was completed in 1964, we lived there until 1984. I have many early memories of the Westway flyover being constructed, concrete sections were manufactured in the area in front of Gaydon House, now a green space. Another film worth mentioning is Secret Ceremony (1968) starring Elizabeth Taylor which has a scene (about 2 minutes in) shot on Lord Hills Road with Mary Magdalene’s in the background.

    • Cathy Heap

      I remember watching some of the filming at Mary Mags as we used to call it. The film was Rosemary’s Baby with Liz Taylor and Mia Farrow. Mia Farrow was very friendly but Liz Taylor was stuck up and had a really mean side to us kids.
      The other film I remember watching some of the filming was filmed under the westway, whilst still under construction a little further along, was The Spy Who Came In From The Cold starring Richard Burton. He unfortunately was very much like Liz Taylor, so it’s quite understandable why they married and divorced so often.
      Still it exciting to watch.

  • Nadine Nylander

    your blog/website page is really useful – i’ve already found some interesting background material for a project i’ve recently started – the st mary magdalene development project as a heritage pioneer (so i’ll be checking in again to get more research data…many thanks

  • Jacqueline Cowling was Dell

    can anyone tell how I can contact Lucy Foster Please

  • Cathy Heap

    FOR EDDIE B
    Wow, what a small world we live in, after finding out through my brother Alan that you had left a reply for me I was amazed, I definitely wasn’t expecting that. Anyway I must not digress, so my brothers names are Russell, Alan and Terry. I was wondering what year you were born in, as Donald must have been born around 1956 ish and your memories of him and where he lived were spot on. I married Dave Cobb, so Donald became my brother in law. I also remember the night of the bonfire it was the night of Dad’s £5 rocket, it was John the manager of the adventure playground that pored on the petrol. Donald was so lucky that night as he could have been a serious burns victim but as you said he was bright red for a while, but as kids do we just saw the funny side of his badly singed hair and NO EYEBROWS…. I remember it as really, really funny at the time, but hey!!! We were just kids, everything was a laugh and an adventure. I remember a load of us climbing onto the canal bank at the side of the old Colloseum which is in the film The Blue Lamp, where Tesse O’Shae was playing. It was all closed down by then and we made a sort of human chain to get into a broken window at the side, when we got in there it looked like a palace all red velvet and and gold, what an adventure that was. My little brother Terry must have been about 3-4 and he was part of the human chain everyone just passed him up to the next person by his arm, luckily he doesn’t remember that. He does however the bonfire and his memory of that night was eating the blackened jacket potatoes that were placed around the edges. I truly think it was a great childhood to have, oblivious to the fact that a lot of the bomb sites were linked to the war. I know that kids today will never experience that amount of freedom to explore things that we got to, oh!!! what a good job our parents didn’t know. Look forward to hearing if any of this rings any bells, Alan and Davy Cobb wondered if you played football at Edward Wilson. Thanks very much for your reply it opened up quite a few memories for us all. We are however puzzled by the ‘B’..
    It would be nice to share more memories with anyone that remembers any of these things.

    • Eddie B

      Cathy, The reason for the “B” is just to add a bit of intrigue 🙂 I thought you might have worked it out anyway after reading a post left by my brother at Dreams of the Westway 3:The view from the high rise article, on this site. I didn’t want to steal his thunder.
      I was born in early 57 with a 4 year gap between myself and three older brothers, John Rob and Bill who each had roughly a year between them. I was quite often associating with kids older than myself because of this. Donald (I can still see the half chipped front tooth and cropped hair) was older than me, I thought he was nearer to Bills age, who was born in 53 but was more friendly with Rob and John. I particularly remember them fishing on the canal opposite the hospital around 68-69 with him singing “Ride your Donkey” a reggae song from around this time, adding a few of his own lyrics as well. I wonder if Dave remembers? My Brother John remembers him and your brother and yes, he and Rob did play football in Edward Wilsons. I can also remember both you and Dave together in the adventure playground and of one time you having a baby with you, must have been Terry I guess. John was the manager there, also another helper called Ian that played guitar, long hair a bit hippified and not as authorative as John. We gave John a small snooker table but I think he eventually destroyed it for attracting “undesirables” in the small rooms below the nursery. I associate a lot of the music played to death in there with incidents of the time, and even now when I hear The Foundations songs of that period, I remember Paddington.The Colloseum I remember well, as it was along the Harrow road from us, and at the back of our flat was the actual screen and seating hall, but this part had been converted to an engineering factory (Mathew Hall), the front was still there but boarded up with the statues above the door remaining for quite a while. To get to that window I think you would have had to get onto the hospital canal bank and walk under the bridge where there was just a small piece of bank where the window was, after that there was nothing as it was the LEB. The bomb-sites you mention were not war related but areas that had been demolished for the building of Warwick estate and the Westway, although I also refer to them the same way and loved these type of places to explore. To think we would be out of the house all day returning early evening, and I laugh at the thought that a game of Runouts would cover vast areas and time. Your recollections of films made in the vicinity also reminds me of one particular area around Brindley and Alfred roads, which by this time were under demolition, and can remember this as a location for a military film, but unable to recall the name now, maybe it was the film you mention.I agree with you on having the amount of freedom in childhood and some might even describe us as feral, but don’t think my children although now adults, would neccessarilly have benefited from some of the experiences I had as a child, but will say it was part of our development, not neccesarily better or worse than now, just a different world and values .It must be evident by writing this, that I too enjoyed my early days there. It is ironic that after all those years ago of living there, I still find myself passing daily on my motorbike either on the Harrow Road or on the Westway and Paddington Slip with all the the other lemmings hurtling into town, this makes the images of their construction on the Westway article particularly interesting as we witnessed the changes taking place.
      Good memories, thanks for sharing, As you say, if these mpressions provoke thoughts with others please share.

      • Joe

        Hi Eddie,

        Fantastic story and pictures and thanks very much for putting it together.
        We originally lived in Delamere Terrace and were one of the first families to move onto the new Warwick Estate in 1962 when the two blocks of flats, that back onto Our Lady of Dolours, were erected in Senior St.
        We all went to Dolours and also spent some time in Edward Wilson when the new floor at Dolours was being added above the church.
        It was a great area to grow up in especially being so close to the West End, Hyde Park for the concerts etc and Queensway with its Ice Skating Rink, Whiteleys and the pubs and take aways..
        I remember that when the “skyscrapers” were first being built we were all amazed that anyone would be able to live in them.
        We lived right opposite the adventure playground in Senior St and had some great times in there especially on the pulley which seemed massive when we were young. I remember vividly the night of the Bonfire explosion as it rocked the whole block of flats and we were surprised the windows hadn’t blown in it was that loud.
        Beauchamp Lodge and the The Stowe Club were also great places to hang out. I learnt to canoe at the lodge although practicing rollovers in the canal water was not the most pleasurable thing to do as it was very murky back then with all sorts of rubbish in it. Also used to fish on the canal and remember catching Roach, Perch and loads of small Gudgeon.
        The annual Boat Show at Little Venice was another highlight as were trips on Jason’s canal boat up to Camden Lock or the Zoo. There were were also the funfairs that used to set up on the green opposite Royal Oak station.
        I remember the making of the film around Brindley and Alfred Roads and think it was about a German Stalag camp as there was a big fence erected with barbed wire on it but I’m not sure of the name.
        Thanks again for all the great memories.

        Joe.

      • MARGARET

        Hi Joe, I too lived in Delamere Terrace, No. 32 which was near to Lord Hills Road. We moved out in 1959 when all the houses were being emptied and boarded up. I remember all the places you mention and playing in the bombed out buildings. Happy times!

      • Cathy Heap

        Hello there Eddie “B”, well I have finally worked it out (with the help of the massive clue from you of course 😌
        I have to be honest and admit that never entered my head. Benbow was with Dave, Donald, myself and quite a lot more. But we only knew Benbow as Benbow, I had always assumed that it was just a nickname, I don’t remember ever calling someone by their surname. I did leave your brother a message on the Dreaming of the Westway article. So I just wanted to let you know that we have a photo on our mobiles, well Alan and I have. It was taken at the adventure playground from left to right and in tallest to shortest are David Cobb, Donald Cobb, Benbow and Terry. I think that Terry was probably 3ish so was probably taken in 1966. I not sure the best way to get it to you, that’s if you would like it of course. Our Sue was born in 1957 so that’s probably the reason you remember her, unfortunately we lost Sue in 1994, she was only 37 so that was a major shock for all of us.
        I am going to be staying down with Alan for a couple of weeks soon. No doubt we will be drawn to this page and Alan can remember so many more names than I can. I don’t really do “Facebook” but I suppose I could send you the photo that way. Anyway I am on Facebook as Cassie Leyshon the pic has got me in the middle along with Alan and Terry. I will wait for contact from you.
        Everyone that is sharing their memories, please keep it going as I remember those days so well, although a lifetime ago I think we were brought up in a time when our parents made sure that we had manners, morals and principles. It’s probably what we have endeavoured to pass down to our own children. I wouldn’t give up my childhood to be a child of today’s world.
        Regards
        Cathy Heap

      • Chloe Keedy

        Hello, I’m a journalist doing some research into the history of Beauchamp Lodge. I would be really interested to speak to all or any of you who can spare a few minutes! Would you be willing to have a brief chat with me on the phone? My email address is chloe.keedy@itn.co.uk – if you could send me your numbers that would be brilliant. Many thanks, Chloe

    • Pete C

      For Cathy Heap
      Hi Cathy you may also remember the molloys Austin stephen Terry and Patrick I also knew Dave and don well we all used to go to the Shakespeare in Westbourne grove at one time I also remember playing a lot of football with your brother Russell at Edward Wilson and I was never out of the adventure playground as a youngster remember the bonfire really well talk of the estate at the time amongst the kids I used to box for the Stowe club and Donald would come along with a few other friends to cheer me on occasionally I also trained I Edward Wilson school with an old fella called Jack and Kevin Ryan as I got older straight in the Gondolier after I have a very very large family still living in Paddington and I am regularly ther visiting and all the memories come back Great days I have not worked out Eddie B Yet but shall try should you wish for me to throw some names out of people you may remember from Warwick Estate in particular I shall

      • Cathy Heap

        Hello Pete “C”, yet another mystery…well the world has gotten so much smaller with the Internet. Well I shall start with the Malloys’. Steve Malloy and Dave Cobb are still the best of friends. Their fishing trips are very few and far between now, Dave spends Christmas Day with Steve and his family. Donald Cobb unfortunately passed away quite a few years ago. Terry Malloy also sadly passed away many, many years ago. My brother Alan spent a lot of his time playing football at Edward Wilson and Our Lady Of Dolours.
        Russell and his wife retired to Spain about 18 years ago.
        I wonder if you might have had any boxing lessons at the Stowe Club from my Dad, he got pestered into doing some boxing training at Beauchamps Lodge by Alan, he did also do some boxing lessons at the Stowe after Beauchamps Lodge.
        Have you managed to crack the Eddie “B” mystery yet.
        I look forward to your reply, I know that I don’t have much up to date info an anyone in particular person, other than Dave Cobb, I think we have been divorced about 46 years but we still talk regularly and on some strange level, we are still the best of friends.
        Very best wishes
        Cathy Heap.

      • Chloe Keedy

        Hi Cathy, I’m a journalist doing some research into the history of Beauchamp Lodge. Would you be willing to have a brief chat with me on the phone? My email address is chloe.keedy@itn.co.uk – if you could send me your number that would be brilliant. Many thanks, Chloe

      • Peter clark

        Hi Cathy I probably did have a few boxing lessons from your dad a big chap named Tom would mostly train me would that have been your dad by any chance I knew Alan and Russell very well when we were all youngsters I was always in the Stowe Club and being taken to boxing matches by the Stowe to represent them boxing against the likes of the four feathers I Marylebone etc I spent a lot of my time in beuchamp Lodge so new Johnny stokes well used to go on a lot of trips on the barges Bosun as he was called would take us away for days then myself Don Steve Molloy and loads of others then messing about on the canal with the canoes I actually hit the big time when I was thirteen / fourteen got myself in the Paddington Mercury myself an JImmy Hastings saved a boy from drowning went to his rescue I our canoes you may remember Jimmys brother Joey
        there was also a couple of sisters I remember on was named Marian The Hastings lived in Desbourgh Close along side them was the Delaney’s Kenny Delaney And his sisters forget there names I lived in Atherstone Court and at a young age myself and Steve Malloy were we’re inseparable a few years ago I went to young patrick molloys wine bar over in Harrow a few years ago and then lost touch I have not been on this site for a long time I did not think I would get an answer I’m so glad you got back to me I had a very big family on Warwick and still have my mum had 9 brothers 8 Sisters all from Paddington and 90% of the family still there so the next time I am on here which shall be pretty soon I am going to throw a lot of names and places at you for you to remember and by that time I would have worked out the Eddie B mystery all the best
        Peter

  • Tony Gray

    1960 Film ‘Never Let go’ on SKY343 Peter Sellers and Richard Todd. I saw Adam Faith, on motorbike, filmed corner of Chichester Place and Kinnaird Street, Harrow Road between Red Lion Pub and LHR .

    • Chloe Keedy

      Hi Tony, I’m a journalist doing some research into the history of Beauchamp Lodge. Would you be willing to have a brief chat with me on the phone? My email address is chloe.keedy@itn.co.uk – if you could send me your number that would be brilliant. Many thanks, Chloe

  • Peter Hewlett

    Hi all, I lived in Bourne Terrace, from 38 until early 50. I went to senior street school, then onto amberly road school for a short while, it seemed to full of thugs, and that was the teacher’s
    I got myself transferred to Holy Trinity school, much better, The only twat there was a Mr Frost, I invited him to meet me in the ring on a Wednesday morning, he never took me up on the invite. But he kept his fists to himself after that! I remember Dr Lewis, and paying two and six for a consultation.I saw a picture, which looked very much like an old school mate, Tommy Hill. He lived in hasbrough St. A lot of the info on here is after my time there, No demolition had taken place in my time.Getting a bit tired as its getting late.Jacqueline your tiles are still awaiting your collection, Pete.

  • Mike Larkin

    Hi, I used to travel by bus (1.5d fare) or sometimes walk to Our Lady of Dolours school from Westbourne Terrace starting about 1957. I always remember the playground on the roof, and balls going flying despite the fencing. Looking down from the roof towards harrow road, you could see there was a yard where a ‘rag and bone man’ had his horse and cart. Also just along the harrow road was a place that supplied blocks of ice – for what I am not sure. There was a horse trough near the old Paddington General hospital which I got pushed into and soaked after school one day.

  • alan buchanan

    hello, great to hear all the history, my mum was grew up on westbourne terrace and her dad owned the rag and bone yard on corner, in the 1930s her mums name was susan lee, moore and we are trying to trace the father, shock horror they wernt married!! so we have no name to research!

    anyone know the names or the number of the yard would be a great help
    i grew up in acton and my wife in paddington kensal rise so all the history
    is great, wish i had asked mum more before she passed away.

    hope anyone can help
    kind regards alan buchanan

    • Paul C

      Hi rag and bone was called scottys not sure of his first name his son was Barry Scott he owned a Tailors shop in Neasden for many years Barry passed away about 6 years ago or just before hope this helps

      • alan buchansn

        hi paul c many thanks for your reply.
        we now know the yard was almost certainly at 110 and 112 great western road.
        the family name was Lee and lived at 108 great western road consisted of several brothers and up to 14 children!
        the Major William Lee d.1928 and the bussines was run by
        sons William, Henry and a few more!

        My family the Moore Lee moved away to Wembley in 1939
        but the jermima Spinks stayed on for awhile and then went to
        Weston supermare around the same time.

        We think the rag and bone business caried on during and after the war run by various brothers sons.

        will continue digging but records are now becoming exhausted.

        best regards

        alsnbuchsnan

    • Peter clark

      Hi Alan Major lees sons went on to open a builders merchants in bravington Road they were there through the 80s they then sold out to a developer this may help builders merchents was Calle Lees of Paddington

      • albbu8 buchanan

        Hi Peter

        Many thanks for your reply.

        We have done more research and my actual father was William Lee son of the major my mum lived at 108 great western rd. And i believe the yard was at 110 112 GWRd.

        It seems all the lee family were involved in the business. My gran Susan moved to wembley in 1939 With the six or so daughters and william lees !other family! Moved off to weston Super Mare after his death in 1936.

        Thanks again for the info will look into that a bit later.

        My wife grew up in the area in the 1950 and 1960s she may well be in touch!!! Regards. Alan shortley after.

        On Mon, 7 Oct 2019, 11:15 The Library Time Machine, wrote:

        > Peter clark commented: “Hi Alan Major lees sons went on to open a builders > merchants in bravington Road they were there through the 80s they then sold > out to a developer this may help builders merchents was Calle Lees of > Paddington” >

  • Pete C

    For Eddie B hi Eddie with the names you have mentioned to Cathy
    tweet Cheryl And all the others you mentioned I believe Cheryl lived in Bristol ? While she was with tweet any way you must remember the Tree in Bourne terrace they all hanged about around till late at night driving the poor couple in the sweet shop mad because there son Norman couldn’t sleep I think he may have been the one driving the imaginary car tommy Mathews and Eileen together Pedro and Carol together
    The Molloys you may remember Terry PIper Teddy Kew Micky and bubsy Alan lots of people from the Oliver gondolier bridge house Saxon Fangs and in the younger days you could get in the Dudley at 14 if you were lucky I still see lots of people that lived and still live on the estate and there are still some great characters around the whole of the Paddington area although they do not have the places to go to that they once had a lot of the older ones now congregate in the Railway Club in Chepstow Road next to the old Artesian still having a laugh and enjoying themselves

    • Cathy Heap

      Hi, Pete “C”, I am pretty sure that I have cracked the puzzle I was totally surprised to learn it stands for Benbow. Never entered my head that one, as in our little group our Benbow was just called Benbow, never anything else. So that one flew straight over my head.
      Regards
      Cathy Heap

      • Pete c

        Hi Cathy got him now Benbow took me a bit of time as it did yourself Eddie threw me think I may have just made contact with your brother Alan waiting a reply on Pinterest small world if it is him
        Best regards
        Peter

  • Alan suffling

    Hi i lived at 19 Atherstone court Bourne terrace in 1963 Terry piper lived upstairs Austin and Steve Molly moved in the end to swanage. Tom Mathews was my best mate i did hear he passed away about over 20 years ago. I moved away 1974 I did live at Beauchamp lodge when my family split up 1966 to1971 have posed touch with most of my mates i did find one on Facebook who lived at the lodge with me.

    • PC

      Hi Alan you heard right Tommy Mathews did pass away he married a girl from the Warwick I forget her name they then got a flat in Parsons house on the Edgware Road and needed to decorate Tom was wetting the walls to strip the wallpaper and unfortunately got electrocuted very sad time
      Regards peter

  • Alan suffling

    To teresastokes do you know John stokes from the lodge

    • teresastokes

      Don’t know him, sorry, no relation.

    • Tony Gray

      Johnny Stokes lived in Philip Terrace, beside EW school, I lived at the back in LHR, I move to where the Fire station is now around 1958, we went to the Lodge and on their narrow boat William. Johnny moved to Lanark Road, last heard, living in Milton Keynes

      • Peter clark

        HI Alan I knew Johnny stokes when he was at the lodge But lost touch I probably knew you if you lived above Terry and Joan his Mum and of course the sister Leslie I shall try enquire were a few of them are from the lodge and let you know do you Remember Albie Vines
        Regards
        Peter C

  • Alan suffling

    Hi Tony yes he done the teen club at the lodge,I lived their 1966\1971,I spent all my summer holidays on the barge,I have been looking for all the lads who lived their with me,Bob taylor,Bob samulls,Patrick passed away about 22 years ago,I am in contact with Chad Nelson on facebook.cannot find any one else,another good mate was Damon daily it would be great to see them all.before the lodge i lived in the Warwick est.

    • Chloe Keedy

      Hi Alan, I’m a journalist doing some research into the history of Beauchamp Lodge. Would you be willing to have a brief chat with me on the phone? My email address is chloe.keedy@itn.co.uk – if you could send me your number that would be brilliant. Many thanks, Chloe

    • Peter c

      Peter c

      October 7th, 2019 at 1:47 am
      HI Alan I knew Johnny stokes when he was at the lodge But lost touch I probably knew you if you lived above Terry and Joan his Mum and of course the sister Leslie I shall try enquire were a few of them are from the lodge and let you know do you Remember Albie Vines

  • Alan suffling

    Hi Teresa thanks for getting back to me (al)

  • Alan suffling

    Hi i am on Facebook if anyone knows where any of the lads from the lodge and Warwick eat please let me know thanks

  • Alan suffling

    Hi sue did Alice go out with e daily if so do you know where he is now thanks

  • Alan suffling

    Hi Joe i lived at the lodge in the sixties i may know you i am on Facebook as well.

  • maureen fallows nee winn

    does anyone know of me i went to holy trinity in the harrow rd 1958 to 1962 moved from paddington in 1963 moved to romford essex does any body know benda and doreen nash they live opposite the chewing factory in cirensester street also went to holy trinity i think doreen nash worked in eward wilson school in the office i think.

  • Alan suffling

    Hi CHloe I have sent you my number on Facebook Al.good to hear from you

  • Gill Hesketh

    I lived on Talbot Rd in the St Stephens. Vicarage asFather in law was the vicar at St Stephens church 1952-3. he had the spire removed as it was unsafe .He was Rev Hesketh. Many happy memories
    Does anyone remember the Ritz cinama on Westbourne Grove ,they used
    to serve a cup of tea in the. Interval, Happy memo

  • Simon Quirke

    Would anybody remember a street called Westbury Road? It may have gone by now but I’d like to know whereabouts it was as it’s where my grandparents lived after they married in 1930.

  • MARGARET SPENDER

    The Old England

  • terry earl

    Hi Everyone, I’m looking for details of my Uncle, George Isaac , who has sadly passed. he lived on ashbourne grove/terrace ?? and went to school locally. He moved to buckinghamshire in 1964. I am reading his eulogy in a couple of weeks, and need some details. I know he went to school with Terry Nowles the world champion boxer but don’t know the name of the school,also can’t find any ashbourne terrace/grove on the map. George was also a member of a cycle club in paddington, any details on that would be handy, Fascinating reading all your post, especially about pre-fabs, i grew up in one in Lambeth. Terry

  • Alan suffling

    Hi Terry the only cycle club i know in paddington was the 49 club North Warth road alan.

  • Tony Gray

    The 59 motor bike club run by a vicar moved to Unwin Place opposite. the old Paddington Town Hall, Paddington Green in the early 60’s. The Ace cafe was on North Circular, just were it meets Harrow Road, another biker’s meeting place.

  • Alan suffling

    hI tony thanks I used to work at Randalls over the road from paddington Green my mate used to take me to football on his motorbike ,he worked with me at Randall s started work their after G.p.o W.d.o good old days

  • Alan suffling

    Hi Cathy Heap i remember Steve and Austin Malloy is it the same Steve Malloy i f still live in Swanage .

  • Alan suffling

    hi Margaret I remember the Corrigans i lived in Bourne Terrace .

  • Phyllis Pearmund need hughed

    How wonderful to read all these memories of Paddington. I lived in Hampden Crescent until 1964. When I see the old photos of the area it looks so bleak and so deprived yet my memories of my childhood is of a very happy one. I went to E.W. school and remember Mr Stride who was replaced by Mr Chamberlain and. Mr Dupree. I went to the after school club and on Friday eve 6-7 the mod girls from over the road new flats brought their records over to play and dance to. They were dressed in hush puppy shoes and nylon macs! Oh how I wanted to be one of them. In our street we had the Bells pub.and every Christmas they would lay on a children’s party. Halcyon days. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  • Phyllis Pearmund nee hughes

    Just to add to my previous blog. I remember kings the newsagent on the Harrow Road. As a small child my job on Sunday morning was to go to Kings and buy every Sunday paper, 20 players cigarettes, half ounce of old holborn tobacco and lots of sweets!!! Mr King was a large jolly Jewish Every Road use to .build a bonfire for 5th November on their bombsite.it was a competition to see which street had the biggest bonfire. We would start building up the pile weeks before. One year we came home from school on the 5th to find the council had been round and taken all the piles. Every child went house to house asking if they had anything we could burn. Everyone was sympathetic to us kids and gave what they could. Also remember penny for the guy!!!! Saturday morning pictures!! Use to go to Prince. Of Wales cinema on Harrow road or Odeon at Bayswater. Every school holiday we went to see the latest Disney film and we went swimming at Porchester baths and the library next to the baths. Whiteleys was always worth a visit.
    Such lovely times.

  • Harry Baker

    I have only just discovered this site which has rekindled many memories. I was born in 1944 in 174 Westbourne Terrace just before Westbourne Square. I too went to our Lady of Dolours school. The bomb that destroyed the square also demolished the house next to mine. Fortunately we were away! My mother had come from Cork in Ireland, met my Dad who was from Shepherds Bush, and after marrying in 1936 lived in Desborough Road. When the second floor flat in 174 Westbourne Terrace became available they moved in there. When a third floor flat became available my Dad’s sister and husband moved in there and when the ground floor and first floor flats became available my Mum’s cousins and spouses moved in. So by the time I was born almost the entire building was occupied by family. Another of Mum’s cousins and family lived over the road on the corner of Chichester Road. Our family names were Baker, Driver and Taylor. I have great memories of playing with my gang in the bombed buildings around there and going to the pictures at the Coliseum or taking the trolley bus to the pictures up by Paddington Green police station where my uncle was a copper (and an extra in the Blue Lamp. We were eventually moved out in preparation for the great demolition. Half my extended family moved to Borehamwood and the other half to Roehampton.

  • David Steer

    I lived in Princethope House, we were the first tenants in no.49 (8th floor). The area before redevelopment had some of the worst slum housing in London, worst than the East End. The canal actually was ok for fishing, with roach available to be caught. I remember endlessly playing outside on building sites and demolition sites, then football, ‘knock down ginger’ etc. It was a good place to grow up.

  • Sharon Joyce

    Having grown up on the Queens Park Estate and having a friend living in Rundell Road, a road no longer in existence, I find this all so interesting.

  • Ian pass

    I was born at 25 Bourne Terrace 28 March 1952.we were living in a house next to a bomb building it was hard but we were happy. The council moved us in 1960 the a council flat off the Edgware Road.

  • Keith Milne

    Thanks for the very interesting information on past Paddington .l would like to give you my shortened bits of memory from the time I was 3 yrs to 11 yearsold living near the areas mentioned. Also my schooling and good memories of the area of central Paddington ie Westbourne Square, Paddington Green and
    Senior street school ( Edward Wilson ).

    I was born in Paddington hospital, Harrow Road in December 1942.
    We lived in Westbourne Square – a lovely house as I was told by my mother.
    I was a baby having an afternoon nap in the bedroom over looking the gated Gardens in 1944 .I awoke and was crying ,so my mum and her sister got up and went to the kitchen which overlooked the Royal Oak Station and railway lines. Suddenly a great thud hit the square. I was thrown into the fire place and my mum and aunty Ruby were on the floor. When they opened the bedroom door there was only ruble and destruction . Later a group of people helped us all to get to the hospital. Bodies were lined up in the gardens over the area of the square. A lot of people were killed . We were rehoused at 12 Durham Terrace W2. We lived there for two years then were rehoused to Gloucester Terrace W2 – the park end which was great. We were there from 1946 to 1968 .

    My schooling was happy at Edward Wilson. I went there at the age of 3yrs- the nursery section.I can remember playing outside with all the kids ,the sand pits,and the toys were basics but I’m sure good fun .I can always remember sitting in the class room with a burning fire ,and the teacher was reading a nursery tale . Also at about 2pm we had a sleep in the bottom class room with a small bottle of milk and a Viral Sticky sweet . My bed had a red car painted at the end of the bed. The same red car was painted at our sink and toilet place area .There was always a smell of sulphuric from the steam trains at Paddington station . Life at my junior school Edward Wilson I’ve got to say I can remember lots of things from the age of 5 to 11yrs but I will only point out the some interesting things of that time .the teachers I can remember a Mr Stride the head master, Mr Grenville, Mrs Milkio – a Scottish teacher , Mrs Fay – she was always smelly with body odour – we used to call smelly Fay .
    I’m sure they we’re all young but looked old as we were so young , apart from Mrs Austin who was in her late 50s then – she also lived in Durham Terrace .
    I had a lot of friends at school, but my great mate was a chap called George Dickson
    who lived in a flat above an old coal shop in Westbourne Terrace next to a shop that used to sell sweets, lolly pops and sherbet dips. On the corner of Philip street and Westbourne Terrace there was a bakers – two old chaps who used to make ginger bread men and other goodies . On the other side of the road was a fish and chip shop that sold bags of crushed chips – half penny a bag.
    When we lived at Gloucester Terrace my mum gave me two pennies a day. This was for my bus fare to school a number 36 – Royal oak bus stop near Westbourne Terrace . After school I had to make the decision was it a num er 36 or an XL chewing gum or a packet of crisps or a penny roll. Yes the 36 bus was always last on the list. After the snack I used to run home viathe Red Lion Pub down onto the Bishops Bridge Road to Gloucester Terrace.
    Going back to people ,I used to have a girl friend her name was Julie Gilbert. She lived opposite the canal – Delmar Terrace the first house facing the canal. A small part of the film the Blue Lamp was filmed in her house .
    Also I was very fond of a girl who lived opposite the chewing gum factory in a large Victorian house in Westbourne Terrace her name was Theresa O’Dower – not sure of the spelling. If you know the people mentioned pass the information on.

    Going back to before the flying bomb disaster ,my sister, Josie Milne, can remember the house before it was destroyed . She was evacuated to Yorkshire in 1941 and didn’t come back to Gloucester Terrace until 1946 – she also went to Edward Wilson school .
    I would like to add more to the saga of that period and those lovely happy school days. I would just mention one more interesting thing ,I was sitting in the class ,I was about 10yrs old. Mr Grenville came into class room and said that they are making a film at the top of the hill ,Harrow Road in the Coliseum cinema – a film called the Blue Lamp. He said we could leave school early and see the making of the film . I remember going with a friend called Terry. I remember Dirk Bogart shooting Jack Warner the policeman. If I hadn’t S::::T myself as a one year old I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale .
    LUCK.😬😬😬👍
    I know one can’t go back ,but why destroy all the houses – they were in good condition.😱 Just one more thing ,the name Corrigan was mentioned in the notes – my mum used to know a Maisie Corrigan.
    Do you remember the shops at the Chichester St and Senior St on the hill, ration books and gob stoppers and liquorice. After leaving Edward Wilson school I went to Bell Field school Marylebone – not good.

    Keith Milne 21 June 2020.
    😫

    Keith Ian Milne .

    Sent from my iPad

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