Tuesday 9 March 2010 9.47am
Thanks, Auntie pat. I hope to hear more.
Jan, I think the canal was the 'Surrey Canal,' and it did certainly run adjacent to Albany Road. There was a large green at that end which I think was known as 'Well's Way.' We used to play football there occasionaly, when we had a match against another street team. (We usually played in our road when we just had a 'kickabout,' but it wasn't big enough for 'proper' matches.) Opposite that green was a fishing tackle shop owned by Bill Rudd. I can remember Bill chuckling as he filled in the first Thames licence I bought from him, because his name was 'Rudd' and I lived in 'Minnow' Street. Funny the things you remember. I used go to the canal quite a few times during the summer when I first moved to the Old Kent Road
. Me and my chums would wander along the bank to the right of the bridge and, armed with jam jars and nets, fish for sticklebacks. Halcyon days.
I assume the canal just ran in to the Thames somewhere. I will do a little research. Re the 'ABC' cinema. I think you mean the 'Regal.' It was opposite the 'Astoria.' It never ceases to amaze me that back in those days the were so many cinemas in such close proximity to each other. The 'ABC' for example at the Elephant, was directly opposite the old 'Trocadero.', but they all did a roaring trade. Re bomb sites, I'm sure we've had this conversation before, but they really were our adventure playgrounds.