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Roundwood Park Avenue prefabs

Does anyone remember the prefabs there., my brother Michael did a lot of work with Willesden library researching the history of these and would be happy to hear from anyone that lived there in the 50s and 60s. We lived at 44 Roundwood Park Avenue the Galvin's we remember the Reid's Lees worsley's Nevins Gales Leathers Hemmacotts Courtney's and many more. Fantastic place for kids growing up

Tue Aug 25

coal blocks

does any one remember if the shop on the corner of the High street an Tubbs Rd sold coal blocks back in the 1950s been told it was the post office I do now that you had to go to the side in Tubbs Rd that is if I have the right place

Sun Aug 23

Cycle shop on Harlesden high street

Does anyone remember a bike shop on Harlesden high street and the name of the man who ran it. His first name was Bill

Mon Aug 03

Raglan court

Miss packer. I remember her as Mrs packer but I have different memory’s of her.

Sat Aug 01

message for Claire Harwood ( nee O'Regan

Claire Just got back to this post after some time. I am John Fanning and I responded to your post. I was in your class at St.Joseph's. Do you remember me? I married Agnes O'Connor from Nicol Road. I am trying to find photos of our first holy communion in May 1956 taken at the convent. If you have yours I would be grateful if you could scan them and send to me. It would be great to get in touch via email. Would you be able to send me yours so I can respond. best wishes John Fanning

Mon Jul 27

Princess Frederick School Kensal Green

Does anyone know of a good way of contacting anyone from PF starting school in 1950.

Tue Mar 24

Remember David royffe or Barbara beavers

Does anybody remember my dad and mum both from Stonebridge and harlesden .Barry rd my dad

Wed Mar 11

Good evening you just brought some wonderful memories we lived at 19 Raglan court top floor I also went to Leopold school then you may find this difficult we moved to 85 Roundwood road did you know miss packer she lived on the ground floor by the stairs she had white hair she used to give us wagon wheels thanking you for the memories

Thu Mar 05

I remember you Claire I also remember Mary Manion but as we left Harlesden in 1964 I have no knowledge of her since then. I married Agnes O'Connor from Nichol Road in 1978

Wed Mar 04

I know all of these kids because I was in the same class as them.You may have some of the names mixed up there was a William Sadler who went to Gunnersbury after J4. Billie McCarthy is the other one.

I was at CHS Harlesden for two years then went to the Challoner School in Finchley.

We moved to Wenbley in 1964.

Thu Feb 20

I lived at no 15 lulworth the people I remember from no 8 was the dennis used to play with bobby dennis


Thu Nov 21


My brother John worked on the meat counter there to. He worked with mick

Thu Oct 31

hi yes i do remember mr and mrs webster my brother and my self worked for them after school and on saturdays we would deliver fido and horse meat to custermers on saturdays my brother alan worked first and when he left i took over his job my name was ken childs ffrom burns road

Thu Oct 03

Fri Sep 13

Secondary Schools

Secondary school options if you live in harlesden?

Thu Aug 08

Hi Ken, I lived at No 70 Rucklidge Ave opposite the old Hippodrome like you I played in the ruins.

Roy Prue

Wed Jul 17

Sat May 04


Fri Feb 15

Tue Jan 22

Mon Oct 01

Peter Pierre

Hi Chris I used to work with your mother at Liptons,I was a trainee manager

Mon Oct 01

Minet Avenue

Hi We lived at 19 Minet Avenue from 1959 - 1969 and went to Lowe Place primary school I remember the rag & paper shop where they would buy your old rags and newspapers , also seem to remember a small supermarket opposite, fonf memories Mark , Tracy , & Vikki Jolly & our Mum Peggy sadly no longer with us.

Sun Sep 02

Hello My name is Grania Egan and I attended St. Josephs from 1963 to 1969. Sister Marie Therese was the Headmistress -she was so lovely. My friends would have been Mary Gallagher, Mary Diskin, Kathleen McGuire. I remember it all with very happy memories. I attended the school in Park Parade, then we moved to the Red House. Went to the Hub for lunch. Then we moved to Leopold Road for the last couple of years. I then went on to attend the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Crownhill Road. I am so glad to have your post it was super to read.

Sun Jul 15



Thu Jul 05

to JIM MATCHAM ex west point n.w.10. ex gibbons school 54/58


Tue Jul 03

Anyone out there who lived in Park Road from 1950/60?

Mon Jun 18


My name is Jackie and Sid Hallett of Minet Avenue the cobbler was my great uncle. My mum,dad sister Marilyn lived in Mordaunt road opposite Jerry's the newsagents.

Uncle Sid moved to the Isle of Wight in the 1970s and died in the late 89s.

Wed May 30

Where is Carlyle Avenue

Its gone now - - it was between Shakespeare Ave and Milton Ave

Thu Apr 26

Harlesden High Street in the 50s and 60s

I also went to Furness (in 58) then Keble (1961?), and I too lived in the High Street, over Harlingtons the Tailors, next door to the barbers and opposite the dance hall. We lived between the Royal Oak, the Elm Tree and the Green Man. Our garden backed on to a strip of land that held the stables to the Green Man, the roofs were gone I think but the mangers were still there in the 60s. I think Terry Downes worked at the greengrocers near David Greigs before he opened his bookies. There was a butcher and a tobacconist/newsagent near to Greig's too, and also a sweetshop where we bought our Blackjacks and Fruitsalad chews. MacFisheries was great, such a huge range of fish. There were two fish and chip shops that I remember, one in the High Street and another in Craven Park. We went to the Youth Club at All Soul's church, and Brownies and Guides at the Methodist church hall in the High Street, and briefly went to dance classes in a hut on the corner opposite the RC church.

Tue Mar 27

School friends Wesley rd secondary modern school in 1963

My name is Earl attended Wesley rd secondary modern school Back in 1959 to 1963, classe 1 to 4B, looking for class mates Toney Dooley, Terry Allen, Gerald Lee, Allan Reed, David Clark and Peter Simpson. MR Scott was our headmaster. Would love hear or see you all on my next visit to London. My email is

Mon Mar 26

Lived in HArley rd back in the sixties.MY mom use to send me there to buy potatoes and greens.IRemember them.We will be visiting London in the summer .Do you have a contact number?

Sun Mar 04

I went to that school in the sixties I knew all those teachers .Do you know how to contact any of them..?



Sun Mar 04

i also lived in St Johns Ave born there 1941 moved 1965 my maiden name was Hatch,

Sat Jan 27

Thu Jan 25

Did anyone go to the Hub School St Josephs. between 1953-1957

Mon Jan 08

I remember Strange and Chithams as it was where we had to go for our school uniform for st Josephs rc school Park Parade

Mon Jan 08

I knew the Lynch family who lived at no 155. And the O connor family that lied in the same house as the Langstons in the basement flat

Mon Jan 08

i remember this shop and used to always have pistachio flavour ice cream my family was great friends with the lynch family that lived in 155 rucklidge ave.I went to St Josephs Rc School in Park Parade and lived in Station Road near Willesden Junction Station

Mon Jan 08


Wed Dec 13

Allen 41 bathurst gdns

Hi Marian

I went to Harvest rd. primary school then on to Percy rd, near Queens Park, then on to the new school that opened-Aylesbury sec.mod.each morning I walked to Rogers the bakers on the Harrow rd. for a loaf of bread and nibbled the crust on the way back hoping mum wouldn't notice, so passed your house every day and used to play on the bomb-site up from you -taught me a lot about fauna and flora why we didn't get our bread from Humms the baker by the library I don't know - perhaps they opened later.

I played football on the gravelled road, only one car and lorry parked down by Latchams shop in the whole road still have the scars on me knees from that! Also returned for nostalgia and found cars parked nose to tail both sides of the road! What I call the new houses built on the bomb sites in the road are now about 65 years old - how time flies!

Tue Nov 07

Hippodrome, Rucklidge Avenue

I went to Furness Road School Just after it was fire bombed in 1943. I was in Miss Leonard's class for two years and used to play in the wrecked out Hippodrome at lunchtimes. Gerald Duley took us in there as he lived on Rucklidge Avenue. I can remember climbing up and looking down at the stage and the safety curtain from above. I don't remember anyone getting hurt in there. All I can say we were very lucky.

Wed Sep 20

Bryant family

They used to live in curzon crescent I was born in 1947 and lived with my Gran

Until we moved to Bernard shaw house around 1950 which is in Stonebridge Park my dad worke as a conductor on the trolley busses out of Stonebridge Park depot apart from being a barrow boy after the 2 Nd world war we were moved to Bletchley in 1952 during the overspill which split up a lot of families

Sun Sep 03

I remember

I lived in Buckingham rd i played in the Ippi many times I remember the Collins family going to Furness roadwith Valerie, I live in australia now names I think about hog head dazzler weed gobber and lots of others

Sun Sep 03

Rucklidge Avenue Murder 1956

Hi, I have been researching the murder of Margaret May Daniels in Rucklidge Avenue on May 13th 1956. Margaret was 53 years of age, she worked at The Royal National Institute for the Blind. Her job was Assistant Editor of Braille books. She was found dead in her bedroom by her companion Miss Catherine Birch 22 who was completely blind.

She passed the murderer on the stairs as he was leaving, he told her "It's alright, don't worry" and left. She phoned the Police.

The culprit Thomas Patrick Delahunty was captured. He lived in a house in Harlesden High Street. He was tried at the Old Bailey and found guilty. He was remanded in custody until Friday September 7th after which he was sentenced to death by hanging at Pentonville prison.

Unfortunately I have been unable to find out if the sentence was carried out but I will continue to search. I hope this will be informative to any of you that are interested.

Sat Aug 26

Prefabs - Robbins

Do any of you remember the Robbins Family, Rob, Hilda, Carol & Alan.

They were my relations

Thu Aug 24

Does anybody remember Kings newsagents in Craven Park Road, Harlesden.

Sat Aug 19

Strange & Chitam

We used to paraphrase this shop's name as Strangle & Cheat'em back in the 40s.

Mon Aug 14


does anyone know the where abouts of jim matcham who once lived in west point just off craven park n.w.10 who went to gibbons school brentfield rd n.w.10 1954/58, any help most thankful email

Thu Aug 03



Tue Jul 18


does anyone know of a Jim Matcham who once lived in west point just off craven park Harlesden N.W.10 & who went to gibbons school 1954/58. any info greatly apreciated. Dave Ford email

Tue Jul 18

Strange & Chittam High Street

I look up Strange & Chittam the shop was 96 to 100 the High street Harlesden back in the 1950s now on Google

it's Chana Chemist and Price Buster shops, did not no that a Barber's was above, I take it that customers could pay

for goods weekly , as for the Coal block made from the coal

dust shop I have been told of a corner shop Alfred Levi

coal merchants on the corner with Warfield Rd.

Any one remember Evershed & Vignote's in Acton Lane

electrical works my Grand father and mother work they

be for the War, I belive he was Sam Baldock the Commissioare up to his

death in 1936

Sat Jul 15

Strange & Chitham

Barber Shop Upstairs

Fri Jul 07

Celotex factory.

My parents lived at 96 Bathurst gardens from about 1949 to 1954 and my dad can remember going to the celotex factory to buy hardboard and other items. They then moved to Kenton where I was born. In the early 60s we needed some wall board to repair the toilet wall. It was very hard to come by. In the 40s my mum had worked at andersons in Islington? And phoned up someone she had worked with to try to procure some. When it arrived it came on a celotex lorry!

I have also just broken the seat of a padded dinning chair that we still use that they bought in a furniture shop in Harlesden around 1949. Dad is trying to remember the name of the shop. Was it Perrin's?

Wed Jul 05



Sun Jul 02

Fogotten shops

In the 1950s my brother and me as school boys would from home in Stonebridge get the 662 trolley bus to Harlesden with a suitcase to a shop on the High street or Harrow road Harlesden to get coal blocks the shop was on a corner with a side street entrance to pick up the blocks not sure if the shop was a ironmonger or coal merchants, I do remember going back getting the bus on the railway dark brick bridge by Tubbs Road.

The other shop we would go with Mother again on the 662 to jubilee clock to a outfitters shop open fronted with clothes hung up to get some clothes for school, not too sure if Mother paid weekly again forgotten the name of the shop been told it could be Strange & Chitham !!

Wed Jun 28


I lived @ 1 Crouch Road, went to Bridge Road School & later Giddons Road. Then my Mum & Dad move us to Greenford. I would like to know what happened to all the big houses that lined Stonebridge Park.?

Fri Jun 16

also look at born in old Willesden site plenty of comments and pics and some history of town etc.

Sat Apr 15

hi I remember the weldons and also a guiness lorry parked up outside lulworth court, used to climb over the tanker when was kid he he. I used live pendennis court (flats next door) used play footy in field cross rd with alan Kelly and others. was always picked as goalie, (used be called Gordon banks 2nd)wonder if anyone remembers me? grandparents and uncles used to live 18 lullworth crt name of johnsons I always called my uncles to and henry my cousins as I was older than them. they are offsprings from my granddads 2nd marriage to Gladys.

Sat Apr 15

Thu Apr 06

Harlesden Charlton Road

Johny Coombes sister was Shelia. As kids we used to play in the air raid shelter at the junction with Bolton Road where Johny and Shelia lived and Shelia was always there with another girl who I cant remember. I always think of those days playing in the street with not a car in sight.

Tue Mar 28


Is there anybody who has photos of the school journey to Wales and Sandown IOW in 1951 and 52? I lived in Nightingale Road remember Brian Bowden,Peter Chaplin,Roy Spencer in Buckingham road and Rita Watson in Wendover.Have lost all my photos so would like to replace them.


Sun Mar 19

Sun Mar 12

I do remember Harold Wesley,I worked there as my first job after leaving school, it was a great place to work but the money was poor that I recall.

Tue Mar 07

I attended Wesley Road from 1949 to 1953. Sad to hear that it is gone now. Mr Scott was the headmaster, I was in class 1h,2h, then 3h My form teachers were Mr Harrison,Mr Jeffreys. I remember Miss Gibbs, Miss Gearing, Mr Rogers, Mr Tombs, Mr Knott and the very lovey Miss Twyford who taught class 1r that I recall. All the boys fell in love with Miss Twyford LOL !!!!! I remember one or two of my classmates, Dave Morgan (From Milton Avenue), Johnny Coombs, Derek Pearce, Peter Naylor. Happy Days. I remember during playtime the local fruit and Veg man,Mr Bill Dinsey, would sell apples over the fence at a penny a time !!!!! How I wish that I could turn the clock back at times.

Tue Mar 07

Hello Ken. Yes, I remember that bombed out theatre very well, it was once called the Willesden Hippodrome and I was one of those young idiots that swung on that long steel bond !! Happy Days eh?

Tue Mar 07

I bet that was Del Stephens on the paper stall.

Tue Mar 07

Hello Violet. Yup! I am 79 now and attended Keble Memorial School from 1942 to 1949, then went to school at Wesley Road, Stonebridge (Long since gone!!) The head teacher at Keble was a Mrs Smith and I remember those air raid shelters very well. Even at that tender age we would play "kiss chase" in those shelters, we never did get caught, playtime went on forever LOL !! I can remember most of the girls too!!! Evelyn Smith, Barbara Woodman, Josephine Kitchen, Sally Johnson, Pamela Fermidge to mention a few !! Young Evelyn was a beautiful girl, wonder what happened to her? I could go on forever with my memories but better go in case I bore you. TTFN.

Tue Mar 07

Argh! The Fish and Chip shop was run by Bert Young and it sold the best fish and chips around. I lived at the bottom of Burns Road, in fact it was the mansions in St Mary's Road. Lived there from about 1940 odd to being called up for National Service in 1956. It was a lovely area in those days. We had Roundwood Park and King Edward the Seventh Park with it's outdoor swimming pool. Shopping in Harlesden High Street on those days was different. I can still remember many of the shops there too. Babylands, Harry Lay, Tyrell, Bentleys and Hallidays to mention a few !! There was the public library that I would spend hours in looking at the stamp catalogue !! Yes, we young lads would swap stamps during the summer, on the steps of the houses. I visited Harlesden a few years ago , oh dear !! Not a place that I would choose to live now, what a shame it has become the place it is today.

Tue Mar 07

Anyone remember supermarket/ off licence next to the wimpy in harlesden in 1070's

Sat Feb 11

I lived at 44 roundwood park ave prefabs- Large family of 9 with collie dog . Did you have brother Alan and sisters Denise and Julie . Julie was friend of my younger sister Alice . You were next door to the Reeds . Would love to hear from you . My name is Michael Galvin .

Thu Feb 02

Jane Maguire be6444a@aol.com

Hello I went to St Joseph's school from 1965 till 1970 ish I'm 57 now...I used to be friends with Marie Murphy and Ita Donovan..does anyone know what happened to them? I moved to Wiltshire after leaving St Joseph's .

Fri Dec 09

paper shop

eddy and stan lockwood are both long dead, I remember they both sold waste paper to the big mills and my dad said they earned a fortune on paper and old rags,where theres muck.

Sat Nov 19

Fri Sep 30

Did you go to Furness Road school?

My friend Elaine (Jermey) and I attended Furness Road school from 1953 to 1959. We were trying to remember the name of the Head Teacher at that time.

We can remember dear old Miss Plomer with the head scarf and very few teeth who taught us in reception and the glamorous Miss Burle, but not the Head.

I lived in Palermo Road and Elaine lived in Bathurst Gardens.

Can anyone help us?

Wed Sep 07

Hello My Name is Dave Collins yes there Is /was an Ice Cream Parlour in

Furness Road Opposite Rucklidge Avenue and next to the Corner shop of Palermo Road where i Lived Called Corgans and for Many Years it was Called Tony.s then Sold To DI,Sottos I Now live in New Southgate N11 and the Last time i Visited Haralesden 1 or 2 years ago it was Still there Although i

think it turned into more of a Cafe

Sat Aug 06

Hi My Name is Dave Collins and i was Born 1n 1940 I Lived at No, 10 Palermo Road Directly Opposite Furness Road Scholl i Left the School

in 1951 As They were just Rebuilding the top Half of the School Bombed

During WW11

Sat Aug 06

In Reply to your Request I can give you these Names

Furness(Not the Road) Douggie Adams ( Sadly Passed Away at 19 years old

Burst Appendics) Charlie McEvoy Roy Prue (Number 70 i think 4/5 doors away from the little shop on top of the Hill) and Dave Thomas.

My Name Is Dave Collins and i Lived At No,46 Palermo Road ( Bomd Out) 1940 Then 1941 to 1971 My Mother Till 2004 and My Brother Ron till 2008

Sat Aug 06

looking for Mick who worked on the meat counter in Liptons Harlesden in the seventies

Wed Aug 03

Tracing family

Does anyone remember Janet Hyman she went to Furniss Road school and then Pound Lane school.circa 1949.My famiily were Katie Hollands and Lilian and Albert Hyman and they lived in Wendover Road.

debs6660@ yahoo.co.uk

Tue Jul 26


Hi my name is Kitty Buckingham. I don't remember your

name; but I lived at number 31 Mordaunt Road for a number of years. I left in December 1965 to come to

Australia. Of late I have become very sentimental to see

Harlesden and the Jubilee clock again. The house my

family shared was with the Stockwells. Hope you remember me; although I am now 75 years old and am

most likely younger than you. I shall be visiting England next year possibly July-August 1917. My email address is

Wed Jun 08

Ref Keeble Memorial School

Myself and my twin sister went to this school from about 1945/46 and our names were Alan and Jean Gallagher

Tue Apr 12

Wed Mar 09

yes!! I remember the barrow boys at top of Buckingham Road. I lived in Leghorn road (1938 to 1952) and remember all the old shops in Harlesden High Street too.and the trolley buses. Good old Woolworths, and Lyons where I used to persuade my Mum to take our tray upstairs so that I could see the cement cats on the roof of the pub opposite (cant remember the name of pub, does it still exist?), do the cement cats still chase the birds on the roof?

Sat Mar 05

The Prefabs next to Roundwood Park were gradually demolished from 1965 to the final bungalow being taken down in 1970 .

Michael Galvin (lived at no.44)

Tue Mar 01

please reply to michael galvin re 44Roundwood park ave. prefabs from 1960 to1965

Mon Feb 29

please reply to michael galvin re 44Roundwood park ave. prefabs from 1960 to1965

Mon Feb 29

please reply to michael galvin re 44Roundwood park ave. prefabs from 1960 to1965

Mon Feb 29

please reply to michael galvin re 44Roundwood park ave. prefabs from 1960 to1965

Mon Feb 29

I remember the cornchandler in Park Parade. Do you remember the old Soldier who uesed to be on the pavement near to the toy shop , the music shop and the fish and chip shop? he used to have a tray on a strap and he sold matches, my Mum always bought matches to light the old grate from him. I'm 77 now and remeber Harlesden well although we moved to Wembley in 1954, and I now live in Italy. anyone out there from Fyrness road school 1942 to 1949, or Brondesbury and Kilburn High (1949 to 1954}?

Sun Feb 28

yes that theatre was called the Hippodrome, I remember it well,always as being a ruin, and my Mum ans I used to walk through as a short cut to our house in Leghorn road (1940's).. I was always terrified of passing nearby. I hear it has now been demolished. ddid you go to Furness road school? I was there during the war (1943 to 1949)

Sun Feb 28

hello Ken. I lived in Leghorn road and went to Fyrness road school ******** to 1949, finishing up in Miss Leonards class, then on to Brondesbur and kilburn high. I had a friend who lived in Ruccklidge in a small house (or cottage) next door to the "tall houses" near the alley . Iremeber the days before the ice cream parlour .. my first "ice cream" was from Corgans tobacconists and confectionery shop on corner of Palermo Road. Now live in Italy and haven't been back for 60 years. sorry I have no photos of the times, during the war we could not take photos.

Sun Feb 28


I LIVED AT 44 the prefabs Roundwood park ave . from 1960 to 1965. Please contact me if you have any memories of that time .I have a photo of a prefab bungalow in the area but do not know its no. or who lived there. You may be able to identify it. contact me

Mon Feb 22

To 70's who lived in Harlesden.

Did any of you now me in Harlesden Gardens? All thru the world war, perhaps like you did.

Took off to Canada - best thing I done. I hope you are having a life like I do. Like to hear from you.

Cheers, Peter G. Lay

Sat Feb 20

Hello from Canada

Hi every one, did you see my posting, the first one I understand from Canada. Please respond. Thanks, Peter

Sat Feb 20

Hi Chris

Just found this site. I am your cousin Jackie. My sister is Marilyn, Mum Audrey and Dad was Stan Hallett, we lived at 1 Mordaunt Road before moving to Stonebridge.

I last saw your Mum at my Dad's funeral in 1994. I have lived in Milton Keynes since getting married in 1976. Mum moved here in 2001 and is 87 years old now. Marilyn is living in Pinner.

How are Lee and Beverly? I havn't been back to Harlesden since Nan died, that is when she was living in Amundsen House.

Take care.

Tue Feb 09


Hi. My names Ken (Kenneth) Childs. I use to be the warehouse manager of Liptons, and I know the names of some people that worked there: Rita and Caroline in the fruit and veg prep, Josie in the cigarette kiosk, Rose in the cash department, Olive was on the shop floor. Mr Vickers was the manager of the deli counter. Mr Day was the manager of the store, Nick Sava (not sure how surname is spelt) was the assistant manager and another Nick and Eric was trainee managers. Sorry I couldn’t supply you with their surnames but I hope this info was helpful.

Did you work in Liptons?


Sun Jan 24

Any one who worked or knows someone who worked in Lipton's on the High Street in Harlesden in the 70ts

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