I grew up in the Wood as we left Balcombe Street and moved to Robin House in November 1950 when I was 2 months old. In 1955 I went to Barrow Hill school and I remember Mr Porter (headmaster), along with Mr Jenkins and my teacher who was Mr David Nash. I’m pretty sure the Secretary was Pamela. At Nursery school we had camp beds outside for rest time, then off to Robinsfield for infant school and back to Barrow Hill for Primary. Unlike most of my friends who later went off to the new Sarah Siddons I went to Marylebone Central. School and worked for Marks and Spencer before becoming a nurse, starting my training at St Mary’s Paddington.
My mother was fondly known as Mrs D to many of the local girls and boys and my father (Ted) was for many years the local milkman. We shopped at Pikes and Reeds across from De Walden buildings or at the Home and Colonial in the High Street, and my first Saturday job was in a shop called Babyland. I ‘m pretty sure Terry Farmer (think his sister was Linda) was often at our place with my elder brother Jim.
I have wonderful memories of growing up in the Wood. I keep in contact with Mrs Egan(Mallard House) who must be one of the oldest residents still living there. I married, and have lived in Australia now for nearly 35 years. I love living here but always on our return home my children and grandchildren make a special trip down memory lane to visit The Wood. I thank you for sharing all these memories that are on the website – I thoroughly enjoyed them all.