Cimemas, Richmond Ice Rink, Swimming and Kew Gardens – by TH

There was the Gaumont which I.., it’s all changed now.  That was  great, and of course, the Richmond Odeon and, of course, you had the Kingston Odeon which turned into the Bingo Hall which is now shut and getting developed into something else, I don’t know what  and, of course, you had the ice rink, you know Twickenham Ice Rink or Richmond Ice Rink as it was known, which I went very rarely because I was useless on the ice and and of course the swimming baths, Richmond Swimming Baths and, of course, you’ve got the Teddington Lock Swimming Baths […]

To and from school by bus – by GS

I had a bus pass, but we used to cheat sometimes because Mortlake Boys School had no actual sports ground as such our games period had to be taken on places like Palewell Park, Sheen Common or even just inside Sheen Gate, which was a long walk from the school. When you was at the actual school and you never had to go to games you’d just come up the road to Chiswick Bridge and get your bus there and right the way back to Ham to come home, but when you went to games and you were right out […]

School sport days – by KM

School sport days were inter Ham/Petersham days as I remember. We would have them on Ham Common. The other schools would be what was then St Andrews School – St Andrews was then at what is now St Thomas Aquinas Church. That ceased to be a school when St Richard’s School in Ashburnham Road was built. The other local school would be then called the Orchard, that is the junior school but that is now combined with the nursery, Petersham Russell Nursery. They together make the Russell School today. When I was at school there was Meadlands, there was the […]