Welcome to London Willesden

Winnie berlyn née Shaw

Lived at no6 pendennis Court. I am her daughter Linda. Winnie passed away 4 years ago. I used to go to pound Lane.

Tue Jan 12

Bill and dave

I remember bill and dave drinkwater (brothers) who ran 6 wheeled bull tippers from manor road to stone tip ( 1st to longfield landfill , then 2 loads to stone landfill) late 60s to 70s ,I used to ride in the trucks anyone who drove them around that time I would love to hear from you , I was Bert's the formans son , used to ride with trevor, but knew all the drivers loved drinkwater trucks, have made some model replicas of them (bulk tippers)

Sun Nov 15


my name is steve round I lived in heron road in the late 60s early 70s went to bridge road school, anyone on here from that time on here, I used to hang around with a girl called sandra weeks, I wonder where she is now

Mon Sep 14

Wasn't the sweet shop called Boone's

Mon May 11

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

Fri Oct 18

hi vic, ray clark became a speedway rider. he lived in alric avenue you might remember my brother bix curtis he also left in 58. i was there 57 to 61. i have been looking for my mate colin ward he live opposite us in hazeldean road has anyone got any info on him.Jim Curtis.

Fri Oct 18

I remember Mr Jeffries Maths. I left in 1957 (I think) to go to school in Colindale. Valerie willing (then)

Fri Oct 11

Re drinkwaters Dollis Hill there was also drinkwater Murray and drinkwater sabey beryl

Sun Mar 24

Hi I worked at drinkwater back in 1965 to 1970 and remember Cyril very well I worked in the computer room next to Sylvia and Peggy's office. I remember both Colin and Maurice it was a lovely family run business. I worked with Roy douthey who ran the computer room. Such happy memories of days gone by. My name was Beryl.

Sun Mar 24

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


Thu Sep 27

W W drinkwater

Know Colin Drinkwater very well. Might be able to answer a few questions.Robert Biffa

Fri Aug 10

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 uncle harry ,i myself have have spent many fruitless hours reaseaching my past,found yours by chance ,just wanted to say loved staying with you in suffolk , happy memories took a bloody long time to assemble that bullet belt. Dident get a chance to talk to you at franks funeral , dont suppose i will ever get to the bottom of who lied about slashing your tires then blaming me ,but hey ho my consious is clear it was never me , done some illegal things nicking cars done my time . Came out made a life married had 5 kids own house and buisness i felt so humilated and upset by these accusations . I wish you well god bless .

Tue Dec 19

Hello my father use to drive mainly Foden lorry's for W.W.Drinkwaters his name was Jack Grayson nick named yorky his man work was delivering ashes from power stations late limstone from Acton rail yard we lived at Clayton terrace Yeading Middlesex owned by Mr Cyril Drinkwater my father use to park the lorry on there site by Taylor Woodrow's I learned to drive and ride British motor cycles there all gone now for a large housing estate I learnt to drive loading shovels and excavators with them when I left school my boss was George Hudson with Johnny Denslow Ron Williams and Dave Baylis were the poor guys who put up with me who I am greatfull for their patience Paul Grayson

Sun Sep 17

I used to work for lesme in scrubs lane in 1978

Sat Aug 19

Ex Residents of Mount Pleasant Road, Willesden NW10

If anyone used to live there during the 40's to 60's give us a shout.


Tue Jul 04

hi tim this may be years out of date , but my name is dave ford & myself & 3 others who went to Gibbons 1954/58 namely derek langston , chris rolph , fred shakespear, we have all met up after 55od years it would be nice to hear from you, regards Dave Ford, my email, address is

Sat Jun 24

hi there are other site on facebook, born in old willesden, lower place and n.w.10, pound lane school. and others. why not give them a try.

Sat Apr 15

Essex Road Willesden

Hi I don't live in England anymore,emmigrated to Australia in 1966, I lived at no 47 Essex Rd does anyone remember the Wheeler Family,I wanted to contact my dear Friend Janet Brazier who lived at no 29 does anyone one knows her.

or Pat Sharp,Pamela Lyons,please contact if you can help.

Sat Feb 18

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

Jo Mullane

Jo I saw your post, how are you?

I am Tom Mullen we used to live opposite each other I was in curzon crescent.

Be nice to catch up.


Sun Dec 25

Hi Jo I hope you are well

I never knew where you went when you left willesden.

be nice to hear from you again.

Tom Mullen :-)

Thu Dec 22

Wed Nov 23

Wed Nov 23

Gibbons Rd School -Brentfield Road NW1o

Attended the school 1954-56. Lived in Brentfield Rd. Spent most of time in Gibbons Rec. Was in Miss Fisher's class. Role model was Mr AA Alison the multi talented sports master. Skinnard a bully. Mr Turner nice woodword teacher. Many others remembered.

Sat Sep 03

Hi my name is Roger roach I lived at no 7

Sun Aug 28

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

Malcolm and Rosemary Cox Yule Tide Road

I was born in Yuletide Road in 1962 My mother is Rosemary and my older sister Karen I have memories of the Street but no photos or links.

Id be really happy to hear from people with photos and memories

Fri Feb 26


I would love to trace Trevor Harwood used to drive for ww drinkwater out of Manor Rd transfer station back in the 60s 70s I knew all the drivers from that era any info would be great

Thu Feb 04


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

to Derek Langston Ex+62+3

great to hear from you , I have emailed you on the email you posted , hope to hear from you David Ford

Thu Dec 10

Hi My name is Charlie Elliott (Chuck) I was born in 106 Carlyle Ave in 1945. My hole family lived in Carlyle Ave. I went to Stonebridge infants and juniors then over the road to Wesley Road school. Do remember Ronnie Walker,

Kieth Coles,Kenny White, Edward Dutton, and Roy Sygiles that was our little gang.

Give us a shout back if anyone remembers.

Thu Nov 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


Hi David my name is Derek Langston went to Gibbons road school were u from minete ave Harlesden if so would like to make contact if u respond to this post I will give contact details I now live in S/Wales I know u used to holiday here with your parents I retired in Bordon hants near petersfield.then moved to Wales living near my daughter and son in law.looking forward to hearing from u Del Langston PS what happened to Rolph?

Fri Sep 11


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


Sat Jul 11

Mon Jun 15

les johns

Sun May 24

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

Hi my Grandmother lived there...no 14 Berry Street,my mum remembers this shop through a story her mum told.

Wed Apr 22

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

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

Does anyone know if there was a factory in harlesden making corsets, by the frewer

It was near Willesden junction any info would be helpful it was fre

wer factory

Thu Sep 11

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

Sun Aug 10

Hello... forceofnature@hotmail.co.uk

My nan and your mum were friends I believe. My nan was called Winnie (Winifred) and I have photos my nan left when she died, on the back of one of the photos is the name "Shirley Hedges" - my nan was also living in Carlyle Ave. You can contact me on Twitter @HazyLou if you like and I can send you a copy of the picture.

Tue Jul 29

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

Derek Langston, ex denbigh rd, harlesden nw10

Anyone know of a Derek Langston who once went to

Gibbons school 1954/58

Wed May 14

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

Denbigh Road

Correction to my email address. All lower case ie

Sun Feb 23

Denbigh Road

Hello all, especially Dave Ford. I have been away and without inter-net connection but I would like to get email conversations going. Dave, I have created a new account which, after contact I will discard after I have giveb you my real one.

Sat Feb 22

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

Tue Feb 11

Hi Martin long time no see hope all is well ages since I saw you I was thinking the other day. Of the old days And the laughs we had yea we were young then but I've never forgot them I probably never will I hope u get this message and contact me I live in Spain now but spend time in uk with my daughter. In Watford my hotmail is

Wed Feb 05

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

Hello Dave, great to hear some news about the old patch. There are many questions I have about the area and some names come to mind. It seems you were a little after me as you went to Gibbons School after I had left there, if Gibbons was where I actually went. Would you email me please?

Sat Nov 30

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

My mum is Gabrielle Beatty,daughter of Harriet Louisa Drinkwater (sister of Cyril "Snowy" Drinkwater). She keeps old b&w photos of company Christmas parties and has a faded postcard of the Drinkwater firm in Dudden Hill...looks like an early form of business card. I procured a book called From Dawn to Dust about the tipper lorry business with a lengthy section on W.W. Drinkwater and its competitors as well as photos from the film "Hell Drivers". Any family facts and details would warm her heart since she is getting quite nostalgic in her sunset years and I am putting family trees together and ordering books that feature ancestors. My email is

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

Seeing references to shops in Leopold road, reminded me that my Mother had a sweet shop before she was married, it was a corner shop near Leopold road school, the address was 10 Leopold road, she said that the children liked a drnk called a 'Vantas' you had a choice of various flavours and cost 1p (Penny) a glass, which you had to drink in the shop. After her marriage, they moved to Bridge road.

Tue Oct 29

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

Looking for a link between Clarkes and Brownings

I have a friend trying to trace family in Willesden. The surname is Clarke, he was born in 1920 and his father was William. His mother possibly was Florence, with possible siblings Gladys William and Vincent. He was adopted by the Browning family, mother Edith (possibly!). I have found a likely Clarke family on the 1911 census living on Holly Lane in Willesden and am now trawling through the 1911 census for the Brownings as the story is that he was adopted by a neighbour. As I learned from this website that Holly Lane no longer exists, I wondered if there are any other streets in the close area that are now missing?! Any pointers much appreciated!

Sun Oct 27

hi my nan was Elizabeth may drinkwater before she married my dad her father which is my great granddad he started the drinkwater business up in the 1930s I think do you know his name by any chance 1st name

Sun Oct 20

martin family

my mum was Doreen martin. Im looking for photo,s of her young, as we dont have any and she as now passed away it would be great if anybody new her and could help.. she as had five daughters who would love to know. she had brothers (bill or william martin) fred and albert martin. i remember her saying she went to a private girls school

Mon Aug 12

I am a Drinkwater and was born at 15 Goodson Road

My grand father was Sydney Charles Drinkwater

I still see Bill and David Drinkwater ( now of Northants)

I would love to trace the family tree if anyone has any information to share -

Fri Aug 09

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

Willie Johnson

Willie[bootnose]Johnson now lives in Blackburn im told.

Tue Jul 30


no outlook is crap.

Tue Jul 30


There is no 1 in my email add,

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

Nothing recieved at 13:30 so far have replied via the hotmail address starting with 'one'

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

I've tried to email and have had two bounce backs with address not recognised ?

my email

Tue Jul 30

Hazel its possible we are related as I also had an Uncle Ginger who had the cafe in Church Road in the mid 60's, i believe he was my dads half brother who was William Albert and if we are related your mum was Florence and your dad was Alfred .you can contact me if this is correct

Mon Jul 29


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

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