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  1. John Morrissey says:

    Hello Chris,
    My brother put me on to site and I must say how interesting it is. I would never have found it on google or yahoo!
    I was born in Morat Street in the late forties and my family lived there until 1971. Early memories take me back to the bomb sites on the corner of Hackford Road and St Anns Street where I remember the fireworks on bombfire night where crowds of local people used to gather. In those days or maybe a few years later we used to be able to get into the cellar of the bombed house on the corner of St Anns Street.
    You mention ‘Sweetings Funerals’ which I’m sure were still in locality I think they were the first house in Brixton Road on the north of Coldwell Street. Over the road to the south of Cordwell Street was The Russell Hotel that had a big car park in front and a Newspaper kiosk ‘Charlies’ where I used to have a paper round in the sixties.
    I will write again if this is any use to you.
    John Morrissey

    • Chris says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks so much for getting in touch. Hopefully you will find the site on Yahoo and Google, I just got it listed and now it’s the fourth site that comes up on google if you type in Oval History which is great!

      I’m really pleased to hear that you find the site interesting, that’s exactly the reason I’ve made it, it’s so lovely to hear that you enjoyed it. Please do keep looking back I’m updating it all the time and have a load more material to go onto it.

      It’s really facinating to hear your stories and recollections, it must have been great fun as a kid to run around and play on old bomb sites. The site you describe is long gone and has the Caldwell Gardens estate on that spot now. The Sweeting family were funeral directors for many years in the area, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were there when you were young, I wasn’t aware that they were in that particular house, I’ll try and find out more about this. I go into the Russell Hotel daily now as it’s my local Tesco rather sadly! I’m going to do a feature on it’s history and get it on the site soon.

      Please do let me know anything else you can recall – I’m trying to get as much as I can on here so that memories are preserved and the history of this area is kept alive.

      It would be great to hear more from you John,

      Kind regards


  2. marian byford/wood says:

    I have so many memories of Morat Street during 1950s. I lived at 34a middle flat and then 54 ground floor. I went to Durand infant school and then the reay school. I can still remember loads of names of those who lived and went to those schools during that time and would be interested to hear from anyone who also remembers

  3. Pearl Catlin says:

    I remember Morat street because I had school friends who owned a most enormous second hand furniture place somewhere nearby and it was where I used to take tap dancing lessons in flat 33. Red shoes with big satin bows. Wow!
    But my contributions to the website here hover around Albert Square and Stockwell Park Crescent. Maybe long before your time 1940s.

  4. Paul W. says:

    At Classic Lightweights, under Classic Builders, there is a very nice description (complete with floor lay-out) of P. Barnard & Son bicycle (and lamp) shop that was at 65 Station Road. This description was written by Percy’s son, Alan.
    Also, with many refernces to SW8 and 9 areas are these books;

    A Century Awheel
    (A History of the DeLaune Cycling Club)
    The Second Fifty Years of the Catford Cycling Club

  5. Paul H says:

    I was born in Lambeth Hospital in May 1971 to Miss Sheila M Hunt who lived with her father and step mother at 25 Cranworth Gardens. I understand from personal letters etc, that her father was the Superintendent of the blocks, so may have been known to other residents at the time. As an unmarried mother in the early 1970’s, Sheila was encouraged to give her baby up for adoption, which is how I came to be brought up in the countryside, miles away from London. I’d be really interested to hear if anyone has any recollections of the Hunt Family of 25 Cranworth Gardens, who would have been there in the early 1970’s

  6. Dee says:

    Does anyone know a lady called Betty who had a daughter called Jackie who lived in the oval side of Brixton Road. Betty looked after my sister and Jackie attended my parents wedding. No particular reason just curiosity as I was recently looking at the wedding photos and saw the little girl- it was Brixton registry office February 1962.

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