South London Memories

  

‘The clack, clack, clack noise makes tummy flip’

It was one of the star attractions of the capital – a magnet for excitable youngsters for two decades since its opening as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951, writes Yann Tear.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

30 Years Ago – Wandsworth council came under fire for giving its top officers a pay rise of more than 10 per cent while offering a rise of less than four per cent to its rank and file workers.

  

Stage for silver screen and the rock’n’rollers

It has been quite a few weeks for the man now surely seen as the nation’s pre-eminent musical treasure, Sir Paul McCartney, writes Yann Tear.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

10 Years Ago – Southwark council’s cabinet approved plans to use a former council nursery at Camberwell New Cemetery in Brenchley Gardens to create new burial plots.

  

A palace fit for heroic soldiers back from war

Like some of the other great historical masterpieces in the capital, such as Hampton Court and Eltham Palace, Fulham Palace looks like it has not changed since Doomsday

  

This Week 10, 20, 30 years ago

20 Years Ago – As part of the crackdown, police set up roadblocks and sent plain clothes officers out to try to catch unlicensed minicab drivers red-handed.

  

Following in grandad’s gardening footsteps…

For Michael Lee – known to his friends at Ricky – last week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations could hardly have felt more poignant.

  

This week 10, 20, 30 years ago

30 Years Ago – A council came under fire for giving its top officers a pay rise of more than 10 per cent while offering a rise of less than four per cent to its rank and file workers.

  

Take a stroll in the park and uncover a hidden gem

Hidden away in 125 acres of parkland, with the River Wandle meandering through it, a short walk from Morden Underground and tram ride from Croydon, lies the National Trust Morden Hall Park in all its splendour.

  

Demolition of naval hero’s house

In my collection of London postcards, a curiosity is provided by two cards, one in colour and the other black and white, purported to show Lord Nelson’s house in Merton, writes Jan Bondeson.

  

This Week 10, 20, 30 years ago

20 Years Ago – Firefighters drafted in to tackle a blaze in a garage block were shocked to find them being used as homes.

  

£500 house was won by just writing a short story

Tit-Bits Villa, a rather humdrum suburban semi-detached house, had been won in a competition by Private William Robert Mellish, of the Eight Hussars.

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