To get back a bit, was Edwards anywhere near St Saviours and St Olave's school,anyone? I was at that school for a couple of years and remember buying very good doughnuts, also remember a cafe on the way in from Blackheath on a 52 or 53 bus from the heath, it was somewhere near New Cross, an ABC cafe. Also going past in the bus at New Cross there was a kind of meat auction place. Quite a busy area in the mid to late fifties. We used to go swimming at a local baths, but went to Crystal Palace on the bus to play tennis!
Edwards was five-eight mins away from st.saviours.
The meat auction place was called Eatwell's, my Mum was a great fan..she would walk to New Cross from long lane and treat herself to a bus back! We loved it when she came back with our favourite dinner..chicken..now days you would call them posh..poussin! Mum would buy five for half a crown. Breast of lamb a tanner, and other assorted bargains. Even now my Mum still talks about going to Eatwell's for a
' bit of cheap meat' she's eightynine.
I read Tommys book as soon as it came out, I loved it, he lived in the same street as my family who I am researching, Frean Street, I can remember my Dad telling me when I was young, and a BIG fan of Tommys, so seeing the photo of the street was great, as it has all gone now.
Sadly, the houses in Frean Street are long gone.
I do have a picture of Tommy's house 52 Frean Street from August 1957. the picture shows a few kids outside the door of his next door neighbour. I'm not sure if this is the same picture in his book?
I think it is the same photo in the book. My family lived at 42 another lived in 2 Ness street, the name was Lockwood. They had a road named after them, which has gone and is now Lockwood Sq.Can't fine any old photos though. Janet
If any of you are around the London Bridge. Borough Station area. I really suggest popping in to the Southwark Local Studies library. It is situated behind the John Harvard Library on Borough High Street. It has a fantastic picture library which holds 1000's of old pictures of Bermondsey and Southwark, which you can take a laser copy of, for 60p each. also they perform Census and Parish register searches for you, by post for £10.00. Remember to write
a list down of all the streets you want to find
This is there email address
Tel No.020 7525 2000.