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Fri Mar 25

Looking for Josephine bamborough

She went to pound lane school 1958 to 1962

Fri Aug 13

Richmond Avenue NW10

Anyone from Richmond ave from 50s -60s

Tue Mar 30

h.ij johnson i also was in 3b2-4b2 left summer of 61 jim curtis

Fri Oct 18

Looking for Patrica Grimes

Hi i am looking for Patrica Grimes who was dance partner during the early 60s. She lived at 54 Hardinge Rd Willesden Green I would like to make contact Thank you Peter Cambell please ring NZ ********0

Fri Jan 05

Hi everyone was just looking through these post and when reading this one had to write to you my dad drove with drinkwater in the 60s he and my mum also moved down from Scotland he drove an 8 wheel foden running flyash his name is ,Willie Nisbet, but was called (Jock) as he is Scottish and I was just wondering if maybe you knew him as you were both there in the 60s.

. kind regards

Sat Dec 31

Wed Nov 23

Hi Kathy a name from the past I remember you My name is john Edwards from lulworth court just above you your number was no 8 live in Bedfordshire now maggi lives in stockport email is

Tue Jul 05

Ronnie walker

Hello mate its jenny walker rons had 2 strokes but still working im on face book hope you are ok

Fri Feb 26


Hi i know betty casey shes my sisters best mate since they was 15 tell mum im jenny walker my sister is joan i knew midge too she played piano mrs tarrants shop i know too and kitty tarramt i use to walk their dog

Fri Feb 26


I have a photo of my father (born 1912) as a small boy in the Boys Brigade. His name was Albert Edward Butler. Does anyone know anything about the Boys Brigade in the Willesden area, please?

Tue Jan 05

More memories,of Denbigh road,anyone remember the old tram at the corner of taylors lane and Denbigh mrs cass and mrs law (Gwen) run it as a café had nany a pie there.some names I remember from Denbigh rd,brian dave and Kenny cass the smalls cliff rosemary (Doe-Doe)lol.and jack john and anne gyps not sure of spelling//

nixons Rodney George and spike Vallard (Winnie mavin)the cowdreys and sadlers Delaneys ken mick and George Buckingham and joan mick and George (dad) used to entertain in the Willesden progressive club (drummers) will post more later D Langston

Sat Sep 12


I remember the outing to France we went to Le Touquet for the day,I think we were taken by coach to Southend airfield.

Tue Aug 18

Mon Jun 15

S. Godleman

Nathan, we are related because S. Godleman was my Great Grandfather too. He moved to basingstoke in the 1940s, his son also Soloman, is my grandfather. We've heard stories about Great Grandfather and his two brothers all being wounded in the first world war. Would be very interesting to hear from you and swap stories.

Sun May 24

Thu May 21

Wed May 20

Barry Road Stonebridge

I too remember Barry Road very well used to have to lug the family laundry up to the "bagwash" and what a walk it was.We lived on Shakespeare Avenue but I went to school with several kids from Barry Road. Always remember the scrap yard at the bottom of barry road where Mr Crawford the owner Canadian I think had a big American car that used to sit outside for us kids to dream about riding in. As kids we collected newspapers old rags and took them to the rag and bone yard to get weighed and paid for them. We also collected bottles and took them to the off license on the other corner where a welsh man called taffy would give us pennies for the bottles.I was a paper girl and delivered to Barry Road Brett Road Wesley Shakespeare Carlyle and Milton. Hated the long front yards on Barry road the bushes always had cobwebs grabbing your face in the dark. I have lived in USA for 50 years but still remember the great growing up years in Stonebridge.Saturday morning matinee at the Odeon in Craven p

Tue Jan 06


Hi Ann,

Mon Jan 05

Mon Jan 05

Hi Joe was that George McGivney that lived in Charlton road and had a brother Pat

Mon Nov 24

Hi Joe was that George McGivney that lived in Charlton road and had a brother Pat

Mon Nov 24

The only thing i remember was flo and ted drinkwater was good friends with my parents. Ted use to bring home his lorry. He was my alarm he was like clockwork. Good ole memories of the drinkwater.. parents lives in burnt oak.

Fri Nov 14

preston gardens

My name is Richard Small I lived at 1 Preston Gardens from 1946 to 59. Any other residents out there.

Thu Oct 02


I would be grateful if you have any info on Ginger ie his full name , the cafe in church road between Mayo Rd & Heron Rd, where he was living and also if you know of his brother Rollie


Sat Sep 27

willesden DENTON ROAD

Havent been on this site for years and was pleased that you lived in the same house as my fsther Kenneth , were they council houses ? Do you have any fotos of Denton road .I know its demolished what was it like there.

Sat Sep 13

Hi Iv just found this site and am overjoyed I lived in Holly lane in the 60s and would love to see any pictures of it or Taylors lane where the big energy towers were or of bridge road where I went to school, also does anyone remember the old man that us kids called catweazel that lived in Holly lane he was sadly murdered and I wonder if you remember anything my name was Anne mcmahon back then and I remember lenny across the road and also madeline and lola franky and Colin all brothers and sisters

Wed Aug 27

Hi ....

My nan was a friend of your mums. I was just going through my nans old photos that I inherited many years ago and there is a photo of your mum holding my dad at 5 weeks old. I'd be happy to send you a copy? I'm pretty sure it must be the same Shirley Hedges as the name is on the back and my nan also lived in Carlyle Ave .... I just decided to Google your mums name after looking at the photo. Anyway you can contact me on my Twitter @HazyLou if you like

Mon Jul 28

Mon Jun 23

Former Drinkwater employee

Hi all

Finding this thread brought back fond memories of working at Drinkwaters in Neasden for a short spell during the late 60's. I worked as a young costing/wages clerk in Fred Cooper's office. Silvia Wharton (Arthur's wife) was the office manager if I remember correctly. She was a real character of a woman, glamorous, intelligent, with a real presence and a good sense of humour etc.

Sadly, I ending up getting fired ! being young and what with partying it up etc, getting to work on time became a bit of a problem. But that was all part of growing up, we do live and learn - eventually !

It was one of the best employers I had during my time in the "big smoke" having moved down from Scotland.

Mon Jun 23

Willesden spit and dribble

I believe that the cooked meats and pies shop that you mention was called the 'Home and Colonial stores' which later went on to be called Liptons.

I used to live above the United Dairies shop which was almost opposite the Odeon.

Sat Apr 19

Im trying to find a friend I went to school with an remained

until I moved to Basingstoke her name pat McKay

she lived in Carlyle road Stonebridge we went to Wesley road school she married john ephgrave I believe they moved to lyons park road in the 70s her mums name hetty dad len she 2 daughters an a son

Sat Mar 22

finding old friends/family

hi hope no one minds me posting this

there are 3 sites on facebook for anyone who may be looking fro old family/friends from Harlesden/Willesden/Stonebridge areas wether through being born, work, school or neighbours etc.

these sites are as follows.-

born in old Willesden

born in Willesden

lowerstreet and nw10 lets hope

Fri Mar 21

Oldfield Juniors and Leopold Road seniors

I lived in Drayton Road, in front of Curzon Crescent Went to Oldfield Juniors and Leopold Road seniors. I was there until 1957. A year before you. Mr Cooper was my form teacher, Mr Dodds my history teacher amd Mrs Lewis my English Teacher. My name was Clive Anderson at school [long story]

Sat Mar 01

Hi ann this is elaine hear great to hear from you always wondered where you were my e mail address is

Tue Feb 11

Clark 126 Barry Road

My father William, mother Lilah, brothers Joe, Dennis and sister Myrtal and myself , Doreen lived here from 1901 to when it was demolished in the late 1960's. We knew some of the Dinsey family from the area

Sun Jan 19

Charles and Robert Barton cv.bunting@ntlworld.com

I am looking for two brothers! Charles and Robert Barton who lived in stonebridge who I used to hang around with when we were kids. They had an Italian mother and an English father.

Mon Jan 13

Denbigh Rd

Hi Derek,

I don't think you and I knew each other, but I had a very good friend who lived in Denbigh Rd. His name was Ted Manuel, he had an older sister named Maureen. I think his house number was 11. Other school friends I knew in Denbigh Rd were Ben Lewis, Jack Stock and Marion Nixon. I lived in Taylors Lane and went to Gibbons Rd School 1952-1956. I left Willesden in 1959 and left England in 1966. I now live in Perth Western Australia.

Does anyone know where Ted Manuel is today?

Sun Jan 05

Wed Jan 01

Cook Family Willesden

The Cook Family lived at 19 Hawkshead Road Willesden from mid 1940s to 1961/2, Fathers name was George John but was known as Jack he was a prison officer who worked at Wormwood Scrubs, mothers name was Winifred, there were 3 sisters Marie, Doris & myself Ann, 4 girls that I recall are Jilly Payne, Christine Anderson, Elaine Masters & Sandra Lavender.

Would love to hear from anyone who remember this family you can contact me at

Mon Dec 16

Photograph of Willesden MCC Members 1929

I have a photograph of the Willesden MCC members in 1929, but apart from my father, Bert White, I am not able to identify any of the others, amongst whom may be one A. E. Harris.

My contact email address is:

Sat Dec 07

Derek Hogben Australia

Hello Derek, great to receive a reply from you, I don't know how to email you, I would really like to strike up a

email conversation with you, but do not know how to receive your email address without the hold world knowing about it, some post it on their posting but I really don't know? I started gibbons in 1954 & left in 58 my final teacher was Mr Skinnard , the school is still there in Brentfield Rd but is some sort of collage now, would like very much to hear from you .

Thu Dec 05

Derek Hogben AUSTRALIA

Hi Derek, in answer to your inquiry about Denbigh Rd it All was demolished years ago & a new housing estate built

there, much of church Rd has also changed, I don't think that you would recognise any of it, I went to Gibbons school 1954/58, an old school pal of mine also lived in Denbigh Rd,- Derek Langston but I cant remember the number, I have posted his name a number of times on this site but with no luck, great to hear from an old London lad. keep well, Dave Ford

Tue Nov 26

Denbigh Road

I was born in 1944 and spent the first nine years of my life at 34 Denbigh Road with my father Charles, a boilermaker at Neasden Rail Workshops, mother Dorothy and brother Fred. We emigrated to Australia in 1953. I can't remember too much about the area but had an urge to see if Denbigh Road still existed.

Tue Nov 26

my father Albert Drinkwater and my uncle Ted Drinkwater worked out of the Dudden hill yard.I used to go there in the lorry with my dad in the late 50s early 60s.Ithought the owners nickname was snowy but I could be wrong,it was a long time ago.

Sun Nov 24

ken and philip ford lived in mead plat no 27 top of the road was conduit way ..there back door faced conduit way .. bill faulkner no 10 mead plat

Tue Oct 29

The Pierce Family. Monmouth Court

I was born and lived in Monmouth Court from 1937 until 1954. The Pierce family were there for most of the War years and I recall how we all ran for the air raid shelters during the heavy bombing. I regret not being able to give you any detail on the family other than them having 3 daughters. regards Ron Lewis No. 26

Sun Oct 27

saiddee7@gmail com

Hi Martin,my family lived at number 12(Brennan)we moved in 1963 to Stonebridge.I use to play with your sister Eileen and if my memory serves me well you had a brother.I remember your mum very well.

Tue Jul 30


no outlook is crap.

Tue Jul 30

RE - Hope Family

spoke too soon at 13:32 it bounced back. I can only assume that Outlook Express does'nt like Hotmail I'll retry from another soon

Tue Jul 30

Re-Hope family.

I have sent another email to you with my email address,hope you get it.may be because its through Hotmail live that you can not get through,try it on a seperate

Tue Jul 30


Re Hope family post,have you got any christian names on the Hope family,as they are part of my family,and they also lived in Stonebridge and surrounding areas,my email add

Mon Jul 29

Re Albert (Bert Dinsey)

I have fond memories of Bert, and Kitty his horse, myself and some of my brothers used to help out on the round, in exchange Bert would give us a box of old tomatoes or apples that needed using up. His yard was next to Dinseys Fish & Chip shop on Hilside, (I believe another relation) my memory as a small boy was of bert continuosly eating Polo Mints, and Kitty who new the round backwards, Bert would call Kitty and she would walk forward to the next stopping point without any help. Bert and his family lived on the Corner of Conduit Way and Twybridge Way and we lived just up the hill at 72 Twybridge.

Happy childhood memories.

Sat Jul 20

Willesden Dave Ford ex- Gibbons Rd

Thanks for your reply Dave,my brother Mick did leave Gibbons Rd about 1958

We lived just round the corner in Beech Way off Stonebridge Pk.

Mick has lived in Suffolk for 40 yrs, I live in lovely Snowdonier in North Wales

Great to here some of us are still going strong!


Ray Hunt

Fri Jul 19

Ex Gibbons-ites

We're a group of lads who used to hang around together. 2 from Taylors Lane area, 4 from Brentfield Rd/Stonebridge Park area and 1 from Roundwood park area. All but 1 went to Gibbons but all went to Bridge Rd. We all know where we are but only see each other rarely.

Tue Jul 16

Ex-Gibbons Rd School

I see that there is an interest to ex Gibbon-ites.

I started in 1957, left in '62 one of the first 5th year. Still in contact with a few of that years group, but lost touch with most.

Lots (at least 4) fella's on the south coast [roughly Eastbourne to Southampton].

Tue Jul 16

willesden Ray Hunt Ex Gibbons School

Hi Ray, great to have a reply about Gibbons school, just cant remember if it was Mike, did he leave gibbons in 1958

(April) my last teacher was Mr Skinnard & the head was Mr Clarke, did you live near Gibbons? I have been trying to trace fellow pupils but its almost impossible, I live in the

Fareham area Hampshire, a long time since gibbons, nice of you to reply Ray, keep well Dave Ford

Mon Jul 15

Dave Ford re: Gibbons Rd school

High Dave, I've just seen your posting from Dec '12

Great to get a reply, I was at Gibbons Rd 58/62 so it may have been my

brother Mike Hunt you knew. My form teacher in years 3&4 was Mr. Wilkins

the science teacher, he was only small but everyone was terrified of him!

Hope you are well,

Ray Hunt.

Sun Jul 07

ex, denbigh rd M. Marnell

Hi Martin, thank you for answering, I am not Derek ford, but Dave Ford, I once lived in Minet Avenue just off Acton lane nr Harlesden station, have you heard of a Derek Langston when you lived in Denbigh Rd many years ago

he was an old school friend we both went to Gibbons school

1954/58 very nice to hear from you

Dave Ford

Thu Jun 27

I can't help with that, but I wonder if you could help me? I am trying to trace my great grandfather (John George Clark) who lived in Drayton Terraces, Taylors Lane in 1921 when he married Bessie Hobbis. He was aged 26 in 1921. Does this ring a bell with you or do you have any further info?

Tue Jun 25

Hi. My name is Martin Marnell. I lived at 39 Denbigh rd with my family and went to bridge rd school. are you Derek Ford, brother of Brian who once lived opposite bridge rd school.

Wed Jun 19

hi dave

Thu Jun 13

hi steve nice to hear from you ,ihave left a message on your phone

Wed Jun 12

Kathy Dennis

Hi Kathy, I used to live at 24 Lulworth and I remember you and your brother Bobby living at Number 8 next door to Malcolm Wicks. Do you remember my younger brother Allen, he has only recently moved out of Marion Way. It would be nice to hear from you, email me at "

Thu Jun 06

the daytones

Hi Brian, how are you doing, its steve (living in spain) and still playing, I will be in england on the 13 june for 7 days, give me a call on the mobile number, we could meet up and I will buy you a beer, hope all is well, cheers Steve

Thu May 30

Hello Gill, would you have lived in Cricklewood at some time? My Nan lived on the corner of Mayo Road also, must be the same person and if she is, then you could be my half sisterwho I haven't seen since my wedding in 1959 !

Thu May 23

My grandmother was Harriet Louisa Drinkwater, sister to Cyril "Snowy" Drinkwater of Drinkwaters Haulage. My mother, Gabriel Hone the daughter of Harriet Drinkwater and Charles Walter Hone, has many old photos of the family members at the business, in Willesden and even at the company Christmas party.

Mon May 06

Sat Apr 27

derek buzzell you had brother ted also reg and a sister whose name i fail to recall i lived in woodbine cottage and remeber the sages and the petries who also lived in the elms. peter wicks is my brother and my name is BARRIE WICKS.

Tue Apr 23

Monmouth Court

My name is Roy England, Do you remember Billy & Henrietta Pierce, I am told they lived in Monmouth Court, as I understand it sometime between WW1 & WW2. Billy was my grandmothers brother and I'm looking for any information.

Mon Apr 22

the daytones willesden

i remember them jim. what a great young band they were ,they won battle of the bands 1963 64,at the essoldo cinema paddington london. i think they beat the black js in the final,what good night that was,the place was packed,a week later they made a guest appearance btween films ,again a full house. they went to guernsey as a resident band at a big hotel

Sun Apr 21

hello ivan yes you are right,we did rehearse at the labour club in the high street,i know this as i was the drummer(brian) and lived in ruckledge ave nw10. the other members of the daytones were keith,nobby(robert) and steve. Are you the son of mr&mrs day the couple that ran the club? hope to read your reply

Sun Apr 21

Hi I lived at No14 Barry Rd untill !959 when I Married and moved to Craven park.My father Clifford Dixon was an Ambulance driver during and after the war.I remember a family that lived in a house next to the feeder,I think they may have been the Butlers

Tue Apr 09

Hi Denise,

I lived I lived in Barry Road,we could see the backs of the houses in Denton Rd from our garden across the feeder,I can remember waving to your dad cos I thought him very good looking,I thinkhe. may have been a bit older than me I a now 74.

All those streets were demolished long time ago.

Fri Apr 05

Kathy Dennis

Hi my name was kathy dennis I was born in lulworth court in Curzon Crescent,I went to oldfield road infants and juniors then to Leopold road seniors. I was at

leopold road until 1958 it would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me. I now live in Newton Abbot in devon,and am still happily married to John Odonoghue we have four children and loads of grandchildren. My email address is kateodonoghue1@hotmail .co.uk

Mon Apr 01

Willesden Lane My Willesden

My grandfather George Henry Bird had a dairy 325 Willesden Lane in the late 1890's he died 1899 the dairy was then run by my grandmother for a few into the 1900's.

Where was my grandfather buried?

Any info appreciated. Mail Me

Sun Mar 24

I recall the bombed out swimming baths at the top of Denbigh rd.We lived at num 12 and my sister Noreen and hubby(MICK) moved in after we moved.We went to live in Barry RD Stonebridge.

Fri Mar 22

Hi no 21. When were you living there?

Tue Mar 19

Jennifer & Francis Clarkson

Has anyone got any info on these two? I have been searching now for 2 months, but to no avail, I really need to contact them. Please email me

Mon Mar 18


Mon Mar 18

Vic, ex Gibbons willesden

Hi Vic, nice to hear from you, its a coincedence that my younger sister emigrated to perth about 15 months ago

she lives out a bit from Perth at Durrington Glade Clarkson , my elder sister lives in Stevenage where we all moved up to in 1962. keep well Dave Ford

Sun Mar 17

Gibbons Rd School

Yeah Dave you are right about spread all over. I live in Perth Western Australia. But my sister six years older also Ex Gibbons Rd lives near Norwich.

Regards Vic

Sun Mar 17

Marilyn Mason Curzon Crescent

HI, I lived at Pevensey Court Curzon Crescent from 1962-1970. If any one remembers me and Tony and Terry Smith twins from Stonebridge park would love to hear from you .

Thu Mar 14

My grandparents lived at number 4

My dad was brought up there from the age of 9 and I used to go there as a child from around 1954 until my grandad passed away in the late 90's

Sun Mar 10

Bridge Street

Bridge Street was a Cul-de-Sac off of Kilburn High Road (on the west side) near Kilburn High Road station. Between Oxford Road and Kilburn Park Road and nearly opposite Kilburn Priory.

The Tower block Tollgate House stands there now. See Google street view.

Tue Mar 05

Where was Bridge Street ?

Does anyone know or remember where Bridge Street, Willesden was located, or have any sort of map ? It was a small cobbled cul-de-sac of where I have fond memories of as a child. It would have been around the early sixties when it was demolished. email:

Sun Mar 03

vic clark, ex gibbons school

hi vic, glad you are keeping well,sorry not related to ken &phill although their names do ring a bell in the distant past, i left gibbons in april 1958, so you was 2 yrs behind me, in my class there was a Ray Clark are you related to him, some of the old boys in your years do you remember Frank parsons & a very tall guy we called him big ben, & Peter Haden, one teacher i detested was mr Hughes geomatry teacher, there was 2 Hughes one big & one small he was the latter, but we all got through it all. look forward to hearing from you, Dave ford

one big one small he was the latter

Sun Mar 03

Elizabeth Jeffries

Looking for any recollections or information on Elizabeth Jeffries who lived at 28 Winchelsea Rd Willesden c 1950s. She was certainly living there with her parents Oliver and Mary Jeffries in 1952. Elizabeth married a Francis Shepherd in 1952 and possibly moved away from Winchelsea Rd. Does anyone have any recollections of this family? Elizabeth was a shorthand typist but I don't know where she worked?

Fri Feb 22

was the lead singer called dave clarke who used to go to gibbons road school in brentfield road.regards bix curtis formally from craven park regards bix

Thu Feb 07

Oldfield Road NW10

I spent most weekends of the late 60's and early 70's in Oldfield Road. My family lived there from perhaps 1915 til 1985. Many happy hours in Roundwood Park and the Crownhill Club...does seem like a lifetime ago now though.

Tue Feb 05


I lived in conduit way at no 90 from 1955 untill 1968. I went to gibbons road school. I was a bus conductor from 1964 till 1968. hope to hear from people I might know, I now lived in nantwich cheshire jim

Thu Jan 31

Looking for a Jennifer Clarkson

She had a baby girl in 1965, I have some info that she may like to hear..

Wed Jan 30

Denton Road


My family grew up in Denton Road and I wonder if you remember them? My grandparents were Fred and Elsie Price and they had three children. My father, Dennis, was one of them. I remember dad talking about the Gays. If you do remember anything, could you email me on

Wed Jan 30

Taylors Lane power station 50s

My father was the carpenter for taylors lane power stn through the 50s till 62 till we went to Australia his name was Edward (Ted) White his father may have worked there also I would like to find more info as I am trying to build an ancestry tree for my kids my email is

Fri Jan 25

Hello Chelsea I did reply yo your original letter on this page but perhaps I did it all wrong anyway it was great to hear from you , I live in Southampton with my wife Audrey. I often think of the old days, mostly fond memories I wonder how many of our old friends are still around? I inserted my e.mail address last time perhaps it doesnt work that way look forward to anything further from you,. regards to you and your family Dell May

Wed Jan 23

Only just found this site, I remember Valerie Fry,you were a few years behind us Richings.Don is in Dorset 80 this year,Alan 78 in Herts. Ros in Weymouth 62.We were neighbours of Anne,seem to think her mum called Connie,her Dad killed in far east during the war Monty Atkinson?Marie was sister of Connie,both called my mum Fairy!Strange things come back.Lived in Aboyne Rd Neasden. the we moved to Brentfield Rd E-mail

Fri Jan 04


,Only found this site in Sept. sent a note in reply to one of my old sch. mates Derek May, have not had a reply, and now it has been removed. Why? Like Dell,if any of my old friends read this it would be GREAT to hear from you. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL. Ron LUPTON, CHELSEA

Thu Jan 03

the six bells was run by two elderly ladies and i used to go there for a garage in beckette yard and fill their tea can for a tanner

Wed Dec 26

Hi Ray,

I was behind you & Val at school but lived in the road in front of you #7.

Good to see that you're still around. Good luck.

Sat Dec 22

michael delaney

trying to find information on the delaney family.i believe they lived in leghorn road,harlesden.michael was a friend of mine as a teenager,he had a brother frank and sisters.stan smith and i often talk about them.if you have any idea of their whereabouts email me at

Fri Dec 21

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