Dee wrote to me in August 2012, sharing her memories of living in Durand Gardens and of the surrounding area. She writes:
My father bought 21 Durand Gardens in 1948/49 for the sum of £3250. It was our family home until 1967. He died in 1965 and my mother remarried in 1967 and the property was then sold. I remember that there were pillars at the Clapham Road entrance but note they are now gone. There was bomb damage at this entrance on the left as you entered and as children we played on the bomb site and called it the broken garden. When as a young child we moved into the house there was a well in the garden which my parents had filled in for safety reasons. Freemans backed onto the garden and and it was only when Freemans extended their building that we were overlooked.
We didn’t really use the garden in the centre and remember the residents of no 17 as being quite eccentric. Have great childhood memories of Durand Gardens. There was a small general food stores in what I think was Liberty Street and also a sweet shop further on. Early 1950′s there were pre-fabs which were still there when I left in about 1964 which I think were in Liberty Street too. As I was growing up there quite a few interesting characters and some amusing incidents. Wish I could afford to live there now!