Belgrave Gardens

1939 - 49

I was born in Hampstead in 1939 but all my childhood memories are from living with a lot of my family in 19 Belgrave Gardens.

Our cellar was burnt out so nobody lived down there, but we lived on the ground floor. My mum’s younger sister lived on the next floor with her family, on the third floor was one of mum’s elder sisters with her daughter Pat, and the top floor was where Nan and Grandad lived , who had a large black kitchen range which was coal fired. 

We moved out of there in 1949 and moved to Carpender’s Park in Hertfordshire,  but I can still remember some of my mates names. There was Brian Sugg, Nipper Reece and Billy Newman, whose dad had a stall in Church Street Market.

This page was added on 12/02/2014.

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  • Janet – I lived in no 35 and was a friend of Carol as we were the same age. All the children mentioned would play outside in the street – marbles, skipping, whipping beer tops, rounders and cricket using a dustbin as wicket. The boys would let us girls field for them. My mother organised with other mums the Victory street party and fancy dress.

    By Pamela (13/05/2021)
  • My dad Peter Mitchell lived at 37 Belgrave Gardens. Carol was his younger sister and Brian Sugg was his best man when he got married. sadly Dad and Carol have passed away but Dad’s twin brother Chris is still alive. I remember Dad talking about a Mrs Hornigold.

    By Janet (29/09/2020)
  • Yes Pearl we were friends, and Carol too. I always remember Carol’s older sister making us paper cones with precious sugar and cocoa powder and we licked our fingers after dipping them in. Sweets were rare.

    By Pamela (11/10/2019)
  • Also living in Belgrave were the Farrant family I think about 7 children, and Alan Froud who was a friend of my brother,John Hornigold. I had another brother Norman. Also Mary, Ruby and Violet Budd, Billy Dineen, and John and Pamela Mead. There was Carol Mitchell and Pamela Martin just to name a few. Do you remember any of them? I have photos of some of them.

    By Pearl nee Hornigold (18/11/2018)

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