My father’s association with Ham Evangelical Free Church – by Mildred Howes

My father was sent to St Paul’s School but was rather a lonely boy, taking long walks on his own. When he was in his teens he walked along the river to Petersham meadows and sat in a field, reading his Bible. He was spotted by the local farmer, from Secrett’s farm, and after some conversation was asked if he would like to come to the small church in Lock Road (then known as Ham Evangelical Free Church) and help in the Sunday School. The church had recently been set up by various local people and representatives from local churches. […]

£675 for a house Lawrence Rd in 1939 – by SJ

My mother and father moved in to Lawrence Rd, 22 Lawrence Rd in early 1939 after their marriage. They saw it from the ground up. Do you know how much it cost them back in 1939?  Yes, I do, £675 (laughter).  Mummy didn’t know anyone but, and the road wasn’t made up and they had no specific police coverage, and they often didn’t see, other than the people that lived in the road, they didn’t see much else, or many other people and I think specially after my father volunteered to be a soldier it was quite a lonely existence […]